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Review: “The Joy Wagner mysteries are just plain fun, filled with snark, wit, great characters, fabulous food, and a ghost. Can’t forget the ghost!”

Can a yellow throat toucan, and lyrics from Jim Croce’s songs, help Joy solve the murder of one of Uncertain Florida’s leading citizens?

Joy and Diablo, the yellow throat toucan, return to the central Florida town of Uncertain to attend a friend’s wedding, and soon Xander and Amanda are zipping off to their honeymoon in Alaska.

Joy is delighted the annual chili cook-off is happening that weekend also. Second to pizza and peanut butter, chili’s her all-time favorite—the spicier the better. Unfortunately, someone uses the hubbub of the cook-off crowd to poison Darcy, a popular hairdresser.

What brought Darcy’s long-lost sister back to town at this time? Who is the grey-haired attorney who’s come all the way from LA? And why does Xander express an avid interest in poison? Joy’s overwhelmed with suspects and problems until suddenly Diablo’s clues start making sense.

Cindy Davis

Meet Cindy Davis:

Cindy is best known for her murder mysteries and romantic suspense, many of which were set in her home state of New Hampshire. And have achieved considerable success.

Now, a transplant to Florida, Cindy has found herself changing not only place of origin but also genre since her latest work is a New Age fiction penned with her husband Rick

She is an award-winning freelance editor who’s worked in both fiction and nonfiction with over a thousand authors.

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Review by RoxB:

Author Cindy Davis continues the Joy Wagner mysteries with Diablo the toucan assisting from an ariel perspective. The clues keep stacking up leading readers on a merry journey.

Joy is a delightful character portrayed as a loyal friend, pizza lover, and a psychic with insights into people, places, and events related to song lyrics.

In the prior volumes, Joy finds herself in the thick of the mysteries and crime in Uncertain, Florida. She’s taking no chances on this trip back for a wedding. The snippet below sets the stage for her to distance herself after Diablo gives her a strange bag of powder.

“I’ll be back as soon as I can,” he says to the dispatcher, who’s chuckling behind a hand. We three step outside; all the while the chief is muttering about what he’ll write in his report. I hold in a giggle as he gazes up and down the sidewalk, clearly at a loss for which direction to go.
Finally, Eddie says, “Okay, you two, let’s get moving.”

Whoa, wait. He expects me to go? “Ah, no,” I say. “I’m staying out of all this stuff while I’m here. No more investigating, no more murder attempts, no more trips to the hospital. I only came for the wedding.

Then I’m outta here.”

Diablo hops to Eddie’s shoulder, ready for an adventure.

Author Davis delivers masterful, snappy dialogue that moves the story along and a plot that keeps readers turning pages. This is a compelling read with exciting twists and turns that keep readers guessing to the very end. Diablo is a perfect sidekick, essential to the story.

I recommend this story for those who enjoy contemporary mysteries, likable characters, and quirky reluctant heroes like Joy. It is a great single read, but the series is so delightful you’ll want to read them all. Thanks, Cindy Davis, for creating this series. Looking forward to the next tasty installment.

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