Josiah Reynolds is battered but back in action with Death by Bourbon. I read the first book in this series almost a year ago. This is the fourth book in the series and the story seemed to have moved on. We surmise that Josiah has been badly injured and is going through a long period of recuperation.
There were only vague references to Josiah’s daughter in Death by a Honeybee. We just gathered that she is someone important in Washington. This book has a bit more of Asa, the daughter. The book is split into two storylines, or actually three. We get some glimpses into Josiah’s past as she recollects the time when her husband deserted her and ran away with the money and jewels. And then there is the present day Asa who seems to be working in a grey area, trying to avenge the past. Josiah’s friend Matt has taken up with a famous writer and is madly in love. His ex gay boyfriend is licking his wounds. Josiah is extremely jealous of the new woman in Matt’s life and is not sure if their relationship will last.
Josiah’s friend Lady Elsmere is throwing a party in the new couple’s honor. One of the guests chokes on his drink and dies. The drink is bourbon, of course, as you must have guessed by the title. It is pretty soon evident that the man was poisoned, and the ladies have a pretty good idea who did it. There is not much of a mystery in the book. Almost everyone knows who the murderer is. Josiah and friends try to trap the murderer in hopes of getting a confession. Meanwhile, Josiah has her share of heartbreaks. Yes, she can barely walk but she has time for booty calls! Lawyer Shaneika appears in the book too. Apparently, she is living nearby training horses.
Josiah has struck up some sort of bargain with a detective. She meets him with some new sandwich every time and he groans and gulps it down. Me thinks this is a possible romantic angle in the future. Oh yeah, there is a lot about the blood thirsty earth of Kentucky, how the land has soaked the blood of thousands of people, how the rolling green hills look innocent but have been the scene of a lot of bloodshed.
If this is the first time you are reading a Josiah Reynolds mystery, it might seem a bit bland. But if you like this one, you will definitely love others in the series.