Florida! Is there anyone who doesn’t dream of retiring there? Kate Kennedy did too, along with her cop husband. Unfortunately, her husband doesn’t live long enough to enjoy the sunshine and beaches. Now Kate is stuck in a fancy condo and she is still grieving. But she is blessed with that rare gem, a good friend.
Kate’s friend also used to be her sister in law once and they have history. So they get along really well. The condos are about to be razed down due to some redevelopment. Stella Sajak, the condo president is on the war path with the city and then she is found dead. Who killed Stella? And why? That’s what the book’s about.
Death with an Ocean View is rich with plenty of characters, especially the different types of senior citizens you might come across in a retirement community. So there is the lothario still trying to score with the ladies, women who are enjoying the excellent cafeteria food, and women who get dressed up and have a full social calendar. There is a rich developer who is highly suspicious. And then the dead woman turns out to have a past no one knew about.
Is that all? No, there is a detective who first snubs Kate and gradually begins to take her seriously. The paper boys and the soon to be closed down restaurant all add local color.
When I read a cozy mystery, I look for a lot beyond just the plot and the sleuthing. The background, the main character and other supporting characters and their quirks add to the fun. Death with an Ocean View builds a solid foundation of these and I am eagerly looking forward to reading more. One thing that was a bit trying was Kate talking to her husband or thinking about him on almost every page, but hopefully she will leave that behind soon as she embraces her life in Florida.
A must read for mystery lovers.