Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Review: Killing in a Koi Pond by: Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

Title: Killing in a Koi Pond
Author: Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran
Publisher: Berkley Books
Series: Murder, She Wrote #53
Format: Paperback ( 288 p.) NetGalley


When a friend's husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica's vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.

After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers' conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she's earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They've moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.

But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she's sure foul play is involved. She hadn't known Willis long, but it's clear to her that he didn't concern himself with making friends. The question isn't if her friend's husband was murdered but by whom.

My Thoughts:

Jessica is spending some time with her friend Dolores who she hasen't seen in a while and who has recently gotten married to Willis.  Jessica overhears something between Willis and his son in law and wonders what Willis is up to?  When Jessica goes running the next day she finds Willis dead in the Koi Pond who hated him so much to kill him?

While Dolores has her hands full with the police and trying to figure out who killed him.  Jessica is hot on the trail of another murderer who had the most to gain from his death?  Was it various people he had loans out of with?  Or maybe it was a business associate felt wronged?  Or was it his son-in-law Clancy who had his own issues?

I love MSW and this book didn't disappoint had all the ear markings of a fabulous episode if it was still on tv which Jessica working to help her friend and prove she had nothing to gain by his death.  Definitely an incredible page turner can't wait to see what is next with these amazing writers!

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