Death of a Dapper Snowman by Angela Pepper: a festive first in the Stormy Day Mystery Series


When the daughter of a cop finds a body next door, she’s the only one who can solve the strange mystery. 

Stormy Day has moved back home, and it’s not for the local coffee or nightlife, both of which are lacking in Misty Falls, Oregon. She’s there to help her father finally retire from being a cop, and slow the heck down after his hip replacement. Plus she needs to give her brain a break from the high-stakes world of venture capital.

But when she makes a shocking discovery next door, Stormy’s clever brain kicks into overdrive. This murder is too difficult for the local boys in blue to figure out. The new captain of the police department tells her to mind her own business, but he doesn’t take his own advice. He’s always breathing down her neck like a jealous ex-boyfriend (which he is).

What’s there to be jealous of? Stormy’s not even dating anyone. She’s certainly not going to date the ruggedly handsome, bearded lawyer who’s renting half her house. No way. Every time she sees Mr. Logan Sanderson, the town’s newest resident, he’s insulting her one way or another. The man should show his landlady a little more respect! He’s the worst. Sort of. It would be easier to hate him if he weren’t so cute underneath that bushy beard.

Now there’s a murder to solve, and since the legendary Finnegan Day is recovering from surgery, it’s up to his determined daughter Stormy to save the town from a twisted killer. If she fails to solve this twisted puzzle in time, someone close to her will pay a terrible cost.

My review

This is a lovely, lively Christmas-centred cosy mystery.  Stormy Day, our heroine (with a sister named Sunny and a dad who’s a cop) is a very strong-willed character. It takes a chapter or two to warm to her completely, but you soon see that’s she’s genuine, fun and sharp.

She discovers a body hidden inside a snowman – in next door’s garden. Being so close to home she feels obliged to get involved. There are plenty of the muddles and misunderstandings that are part of this genre, but they’re not hackneyed or slapstick, just very clever and amusing.

There’s an array of interesting supporting characters, an intriguing plot and plenty to enjoy in this super story.

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