Josie Prescott and her best friend, Rosalie Chaffee, are indeed sisters of the heart. They have both lost their parents, a loss that undeniably has shaped the women they have become. While they don't have a whole lot else in common, this invisible bond makes them closer than one might otherwise expect. Rosalie is fun loving and carefree, qualities Josie envies, but she is also an exceptionally fine older sister and guardian to Paige, her 12-year-old sibling. When Rosalie washes up on the Rocky Point shoreline - the victim of a suspicious drowning - Josie is stirred into action.
Rosalie has confided several things in Josie recently, any one of which might have some bearing on her death. In addition, Rosalie had garnered the attention of a creepy âsecret admirer,â whose unwanted attention seems to switch almost seamlessly to Josie once Rosalie is out of the picture. Rosalie also confided in her younger sister that they own something priceless for which they would eventually need Josie's expertise - although Paige and Josie have no idea what that item might be. In addition, when Josie starts probing, she finds out how little she actually knows about her friend.
Although it is all but impossible to imagine Josie having such carte blanche to investigate a murder even if her boyfriend IS the chief of police, the plot was enjoyable and complex enough to hold the reader's attention through to the end. If you like a side of antiques with your murder mystery, you'll undoubtedly enjoy the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series.
Carol Ann H. 4/23/2008