Murder Under the Covered Bridge by Elizabeth Perona is the second book in the “Bucket List” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, July 2016
Working on a television taping to promote the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, the ladies decide to use their access to the Roseville Bridge to cross an item off Charlotte’s bucket list: #39) Be a Sexy Calendar Girl. But the photo shoot is interrupted by gunshots and Francine’s cousin William stumbling down the riverbank followed by a man with a gun. William sustains life-threatening injuries, but is it homicide?
Francine and Charlotte go into detective mode to uncover the secret William knew about the shooter. Their success, however, depends on surviving two arson events, a séance, a shortage of Mary Ruth’s wildly popular corn fritter donuts, memory-challenged nursing home residents, and a killer who refuses to go up in flames.
The item on their bucket list – being sexy calendar girl lands the gang in another caper that kept me entertained throughout all the exploits they found themselves involved in, albeit, crossing another item off their bucket list. The pacing was good, making it easy to follow along with the plot. I like how the author set-up the mystery with each character’s role moving the story forward. With a few twists and turns and a few surprises, this was an enjoyable read and I can’t wait to see what next items the gals cross off their bucket list.