Agnes Blythe and her glamorous Aunt Effie must take a break from restoring their inn to rake in the clues when a local mechanic is murdered in national bestselling author Maia Chance’s charming second Agnes and Effie mystery.
It’s leaf-peeping season in Naneda, New York, and Agnes Blythe has settled into helping her eccentric Great Aunt Effie restore the Stagecoach Inn. It seems nothing can shatter the golden idyll—or the ka-ching of cash registers—until a mechanic at Hatch Automotive is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench.
Sweeping into action, Agnes and Aunt Effie are on the scene, when a tourist-laden motor coach breaks down outside of town. The Stagecoach Inn isn’t exactly ready for guests, but Agnes and Effie agree to take in a group of seniors while they wait for repairs. But then, Agnes finds herself pulled into the investigation when she learns her new boyfriend, gorgeous Otis Hatch, is the Naneda Police Department’s prime suspect.
With bodies falling faster than the foliage, Agnes must leaf through the more viable suspects and clear Otis’s name of murder in Bad Neighbors, the charming second Agnes and Effie mystery from national bestselling author Maia Chance.
Murder once again distracts 28-year-old Agnes Blythe and Effie, her eccentric great-aunt, from their work at the historic Stagecoach Inn in Naneda, N.Y., in Chance's amusing sequel to 2017's Bad Housekeeping. When a local mechanic, Mikey Brown, is found bludgeoned to death with a wrench, the police take mechanic Otis Hatch, Agnes's beau, into custody. Meanwhile, a bus carrying seniors on a fall foliage tour breaks down, and Agnes agrees to accommodate them at her inn, where she's soon busy tending to their every fussy need. Agnes doesn't have much time to focus on Otis's plight, until she realizes that contentious Delilah Fortune, the new cupcake purveyor in town, has taken a keen interest in proving Otis innocent. Ignoring Otis's warning to stay out of the case, Agnes sets out to find the real murderer first. Luckily, her spunky elderly guests want in on the sleuthing. Fully rounded characters and a well-executed plot lift this entry well above the average cozy.