Release Date: Jun 11, 2017
Series: Hamptons Murder Mystery
Publisher: Dunemere Books
Hamptons innkeeper Antonia Bingham agrees to look in to the death of Susie Whitaker, whose 1990 murder was never solved. Pauline Framingham was Susie’s best friend and the prime suspect at the time and wants her name finally cleared once and for all. Antonia has a reputation as an excellent amateur detective, so Pauline turns to her for help getting closure on this cold case. Antonia is determined to learn the truth, but begins to wonder if her wealthy client really wants the case solved or if she’s just playing games for her own entertainment.
This is the third Hamptons Murder mystery. I read the debut installment, but missed the follow-up, but had no problems getting into the story and reconnecting with the Windmill Inn proprietor, Antonia. Antonia has come far since arriving in the Hamptons and the inn and the restaurant are starting to thrive. I feel the writing is also smoother and more focused in this installment of the series and I really enjoyed it. Antonia is smart and persistent and she is a likeable main character. Her unusual partnership with Larry Lipper, the often obnoxious crime reporter for the local newspaper is both effective and amusing. With Larry’s experience and Antonia’s better people skills, the two make a great team. Antonia’s best friend, Genevieve, is hard to take, though. She’s fun and loyal, but even Antonia acknowledges her friend’s immaturity and I find I just can’t relate to this character. However, she isn’t core to the book, so I’m able to get past that with all of the other enjoyable characters in the book. There is still the hint of a potential romance with actor Nick Darrow. Their story is romantic, although not completely believable. The two don’t have much interaction in this story, but it looks like that could change in the future.
Antonia is faced to with a difficult case with a less than honest client and she rises to the challenge of sorting out the truth from the lies. There were plenty of suspects, and I enjoyed the surprising conclusion to the case. The author does a great job of describing the setting, so much that you will wish you could plan your own trip to Antonia’s Windmill Inn!