The first book in the Poppy McGuire Mystery Series, The Eleventh Hour introduces readers to Poppy McGuire and her partner in solving crime, Alex Montero.
Poppy McGuire has always been a curious soul, but it’s her life that’s usually the topic of conversation in the small town of Sunset Ridge. But now one of the town’s most important citizens has been found murdered, and everyone’s life is suspect.
What begins as a friendly wager with her old friend Officer Derek Hampton soon becomes far more for Poppy, and she turns to Alex Montero for help, but the enigmatic former Baltimore cop’s quiet way hides as many secrets as each suspect they encounter.
Everyone in Sunset Ridge has something to hide, but Poppy and Alex are determined to uncover the identity of the murderer. They just have to watch they don’t become the next victims.
Fun Murder Mystery
I don’t usually like these type of books but I really enjoyed the small town cast of characters. It was easy to relate to with a twist of an ending.
The Eleventh Hour
Who murdered the richest woman in town? That’s the central question driving the story. The limited cast of characters keeps the story tight. The pace is good, as is the flow of action. Poppy, the protagonist, gloms on to a retired detective to learn investigative skills but her inner thoughts often seem immature (she’s31). She instantly claims the detective as her partner and the murder as “their case.” I plan to read another Poppy mystery to see how the character develops. I would recommend this book to cozy murder mystery fans.
The eleventh hour
Great read, solid characters, good plot.