Monona Quinn and her husband Doug are taking a relaxing vacation in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Mo's enrolled in a writing workshop, and Doug's resolved to learn to fish. Naturally, it's the perfect time to solve another murder...
Pompous, self-important writer Fletcher Downs was supposed to be the writer-in-residence at the writing workshop; he was supposed to teach a classroom full of hopefuls how to write a great mystery--but he hadn't intended to teach by example. Now Fletcher's dead, and Mo (and the other students at the writing retreat) are faced with a real-life mystery. Who killed their teacher, and will the killer strike again?
Murder upsets a Wisconsin writing conference in the engaging fourth entry in Cook's cozy series featuring do-it-all newswoman Monona "Mo" Quinn (Murder at Midnight, etc.). When Mo's husband, Doug, stumbles on the body of conference star attraction Fletcher Downs, an author whose personality offends fans as quickly as his books win them, there are plenty of suspects, starting with the students in the mystery writing class Downs was teaching. Mo once again puts her curiosity and news-seeking skills to good use, despite admonitions from Doug and Detective Sergeant Lafferty to let the law handle the investigation. Readers who like their mysteries relatively bloodless and leavened with a pinch of romance, humor and regional color should find this a perfect fit.