The house next door explodes in a gasoline-fueled blaze, sending psychologist Estela Nogales and an eclectic collection of neighbors racing to fight the flames. Once the fire is quelled, residents of the village of Arroyo Loco must conduct their own investigation to find the arsonist living among them. What begins as speculation over coffee becomes a more urgent and dangerous search when a body is discovered, another neighbor turns up missing, and a shocking secret is revealed. Too often joined by Estela’s irrepressible border collies, residents must negotiate the rules of a dysfunctional homeowners’ association (aren’t they all?) as they try to solve the mysteries before anyone else falls victim.
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Cherie O’Boyle’s Fire at Will’s
Arroyo Loco is a small mountain village in
California. The village has its own homeowners
Estela Nogales lives in this village. Estela is a
clinical psychologist employed at a near by
university’s counseling center. She lives with
her two border collies, Shiner and Scout who are
retired therapy dogs and herders. Both dogs add
to the story.
Upon walking toward home, Estela and some
neighbors realize that Will and Janet Rosenblum’s
house is on fire.
Later it is discovered that there is a burnt
unidentifiable dead body in a back room.
Whose body is it? Was the person dead before
the fire or because of the fire? Where is Janet
Rosenblum? Was it arson? Who would set the
house on fire?
Everyone in the homeowners association has a
grudge against Will. He is not only outspoken
but cantankerous so there a lot of suspects with
The neighborhood decides to investigate with
Estela taking the lead. She discovers hidden
trails behind the houses, a hidden cave, booby
traps and mysterious photos left in a neighbors
This book was a fresh, well written and creative
murder plot. There is drama, intrigue mixed with
suspense and unexpected twists and turns.
The tension was thick with thrills, chills plus dubious
behavior on every page from the first to the last.
A fast paced, highly recommended Read.
I volunteered to read Fire at Will’s. Thanks to the author
via The Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity.
My opinion is my own.