Foreclosed by Traci Tyne Hilton is listed as a cozy Christian mystery, combining more than one element to reach out to a wide reader base. Mitzy Neuhaus, Portland’s star realtor is worried about the economy, not to mention her own business, and is willing to do anything to keep people busy and generate some work for people around her. Now if only every business owner did just that, we would never have seen a recession.
Mitzy Neuhaus owns her own office building and repeatedly turns down offers from the oily Alonzo who she is not too pleased with. She has a radio spot where she spars regularly with a sexist radio anchor, and uses it as a channel to mobilize people to invest their money. Mitzy firmly believes that a recession is a good time for people to invest their money, and is not afraid to say so. She is working hard to generate jobs for her staff and associates. A Victorian Mitzy has her eye on comes up as a foreclosure and Mitzy goes all out to buy and restore it. Her attempts are thwarted by the owner, and her staff member is attacked. Rival Alonzo considers buying the same house for his sister who wants to turn it into a guest house.
Mitzy gets into many scrapes trying to unearth the mystery behind the Victorian. Historic records indicate that the house was once owned by Russian royalty. Even the mob is involved. Mitzy runs into Alonzo at every turn, but refuses to join forces. What is the mystery of the foreclosed mansion? And what is the Russian connection?
Mitzy Neuhaus is an interesting character and Foreclosed is fast paced enough to hold the readers’ interest. There is a little bit of everything in Foreclosed, with some hope of a romantic angle. I look forward to reading more about Mitzy in the next books in this series.