Genre: Mystery, Cozy Mystery
Setting: Modern day Oakwood, Ohio
***I received an eARC copy of The Advice Column Murders from the publisher, Alibi, via NetGalley***
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Review: Another great entry in the Oakwood Mystery series, with this one striking a more serious tone than the previous entries. The Advice Column Murders was an enjoyable read for me. Our heroine, Charley Carpenter, is likable, clever, and a competent sleuth. I like her more and more with each entry in the Oakwood Mystery series, and I really enjoyed her in this one.
Charley stumbles across a dead body, that of her next door neighbor, and once again is on the case, trying to solve the crime. This particular crime, and the crimes that follow (there’s never just one murder in a cozy mystery!) had more of a serious meaning and message behind them. With themes of abuse, gender, and family drama coming into play here, this mystery felt far more serious than a typical cozy mystery. I liked this foray into a more serious nature, but at the same time missed that playfulness that the previous books had.
While Dmitri, Charley’s best friend and my favorite character, doesn’t get a lot of page time here, it does allow us to learn more about the other people in Charley’s life. We see more of Lawrence, friend and caregiver to Charley’s father, and his girlfriend, Afiya, and we also hear more from Bobby, Charley’s father, who is wheelchair bound after suffering a stroke. Handsome Marcus Trenault, Charley’s boyfriend, comes back into town as well, and he wasn’t given as much of a focus here, which I liked.
In terms of the mystery, I had absolutely no clue who the killer was, and enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery during the course of the book. I love it when I have no idea whodunit, but it still makes sense when all is revealed at the end.
Bottom Line: Another great entry in the Oakwood Mystery series!