Sealed With A Kill by Lucy Lawrence is the third and last book in the “Decoupage” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), March 2011

Autumn in New England brings out the changing leaves, and the leaves bring out the tourists. But when the serenity of cozy Morse Point is disturbed by a grisly murder, the season will bring out the townspeople’s true colors.

When Brenna Miller gets stuck as the tour guide for a group of leaf peepers, she tries to make the best of it. They can collect leaves for Brenna’s decoupage class, and it’ll be a great draw for the shop she runs with her boss and best friend, Tenley Morse. But it’s hard to stay enthusiastic after the trail leads them straight to a dead body.

At least Brenna has nothing to do with the investigation this time around—until she learns that the victim was Tenley’s father’s business partner. Now it’s up to Brenna to ensure that Morse Point’s namesake family doesn’t take the fall before the crafty killer puts the finishing touches on the perfect crime.

Brenna is helping out a friend when she stumbled upon another body. What is it with her? Bodies seem to find her. When the body is identified as the business partner of her best friend’s father, Brenna and Tenley begins an investigation to prove that her father had nothing to do with his demise. This was a good story that kept my attention from the first page to the last sentence. There are so many new people in town who could have been the killer and the author played it well, because I did not guess until it became clear to both me and Brenna at the same time. This was a fast and easy read with good conversation and a great New England setting. This was the best book in the series and I am sorry to see this series end. I will miss the gang but I’m so glad the finale ended as I hoped.

Lucy Lawrence is the pseudonym for Jenn McKinlay

FTC Full Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book

previously posted on the Cozy Chicks blog

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