Stuck on Murder by Lucy Lawrence is the first book in the new “Decoupage” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), September 2009

The picturesque town of Morse Point may be a small dot on the New England landscape, but the decoupage class at Vintage Papers is larger than life. With cutouts, glue and varnish, members create eye-catching projects-and uncover clues to a killing.

For Brenna Miller, teaching the town’s popular decoupage class is the only way to gloss over her painful past. But it hasn’t been easy making friends in a town that doesn’t warm up to outsiders. And it doesn’t help when the pushy mayor asks her to convince her enigmatic landlord, Nate Williams, to sell his lakefront property to land developers.

But just when Brenna thinks the mayor’s given up, his body is found stuffed in a trunk at Morse Point Lake. A witness claims that Nate’s truck was at the docks on the night of the murder. Now Brenna needs to help prove Nate’s innocence before his fate is signed, sealed and delivered.

I really enjoyed this story. Brenna still feels like an outsider in this small town having escaped from the big city. Little did she know that murder would occur in this little town and when her friend and landlord is arrested for the crime, Brenna and her friends set out to clear his name. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. My rating: 4 stars.

*new-to-me author

pseudonym for Jenn McKinlay

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