The year is 1935. The place is a small town in Connecticut. So small that it is called a village. A couple desperately wants to get hitched soon and also please the whole village. Meanwhile, murder interrupts.
Marjorie McLelland is a single girl who has gained a reputation as a private eye. She is set to marry her partner Creighton Ashcroft, an Englishman with some means. Mrs. P, her neighbor has always been like a surrogate mother. The couple are set to wed and everyone in the village wants a say in how the wedding has to be planned. A young woman comes in with a new case. Her husband is missing, and she is at her wits’ end.
Marjorie very quickly deciphers the clues and finds the house where the missing man was last seen. a shocking crime is unearthed. The detective is Marjorie’s ex beau and there is some tension but it is all very mild. The couple starts investigating and slowly unearths the sequence of events that may have led to the crime. it is like opening a can of worms. Apparently, much more is rotten than appears.
Attempts are made on Marjorie’s life and other people are sacrificed too. The end, such as it was, is not hard to guess for a seasoned mystery reader. The book sets a fast pace and gets over pretty soon.
Shadow Waltz is a quick read and its appeal is the retro setting and the romance between the two characters.