The Murder Pit brings us yet another woman sleuth, this time created by a man. I think this is the first cozy, women sleuths mystery I have read that has been written by a guy. Just the concept itself is refreshing!
Daisy Savage and husband Jake are living a Yours, Mine and Ours type dream. Except they don’t live on the beach and they have only four kids total. They live in cold cold Minnesota, in a suburb called Moose River. Daisy is a gutsy gal. She home schools three kids, and meticulously plans all their activities and meals. When their pipes are frozen by a cold wave, they find a stiff in their crawl space in an abandoned coal chute. One they had no idea existed. Their old money pit becomes a murder pit, and soon the family is shunned by the community.
Daisy takes all the jeers personally and sets out trying to solve the crime. Turns out the dead guy was someone she once went on a date with! That is enough to make her a suspect in the eyes of the cops. The dead man was divorced but always begged his wife to take him back. His sister accuses Daisy of wrongdoing and the fists fly. Husband Jake wants Daisy to stay away from sleuthing, but will she listen?
Daisy and Jake are highschool sweethearts who split up and have reunited after two failed marriages. They are now living the dream life and are hot and heavy. The kids are lively, and live a charmed life. A lot of the book is given to the domestic life of the family and the charming things they do like play board games, video games, go sledding in the snow etc. I had a vague idea of how the crime was committed toward the end of the book, but the suspense is maintained well up to the end even though there aren’t too many characters.
I recently read about a mom sleuth in Sky High, and also encountered one in On the Nickel. Are authors moving away from single gal private eyes now? And is there going to be a Fast and Furious mini van revolution? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, you can sit back and enjoy reading The Murder Pit!