October Fest by Jess Lourey is the sixth book in the “Murder-By-Month” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, May 2011
Beer and polka music reign supreme at Octoberfest, Battle Lake’s premier fall festival. To kick off the celebrations, the town hosts a public debate between the two congressional candidates: straight-laced Arnold Swydecker, and slippery incumbent, Sarah Glokkmann. As a reporter for the Battle Lake Recall, Mira James is roped into writing up the word war. But the festive mood sours when a well-known Glokkmann-bashing blogger is found dead . . . and the congresswoman herself meets a gruesome fate.
To keep the heat off her best friend’s fiancé—an ex-con reporter—Mira wades through the candidates’ dirty laundry, their unsavory secrets, and some murderous mudslinging to expose the killer.
Politics and murder does not mix in this story that finds Mira trying to help a friend which lands her in between some interesting suspects. This is my first adventure with Mira and I loved it. Not only does she solve the case, but changes are afoot and I couldn’t be more pleased. I enjoyed this page-turning mystery that kept me on my toes as to the identity of the killer until it was revealed. I love the quirky characters that inhabit Battle Lake, Minnesota and their interactions and conversations kept me entertained. This well-written and character driven tale is a delightful read and I look forward to my return back to this small town for the next adventures that awaits Mira and her friends.