In a county that's low on both fund and resources, rescuing the 100 people on the boat, most of whom are elderly (some in wheelchairs) in freezing weather conditions proves to be a challenge...which turns out to be minor compared to the dead body of a beloved young local track star he finds locked in the boat's private dining room.
Since she was supposed to be away at college, Hank is having a hard time finding answers and motive behind her murder. In this small town full of color and charm, Booth has created an intriguing bunch of characters that I can't wait to learn more about in future books.
I'm looking forward to enjoying the rest of this series!
This wasn't a whole lot of food in this one, but the food/drink that was mentioned, was mentioned often. Since it's basically crunchy snow and frozen tundra, there was plenty of hot coffee and comfort foods like meatloaf, grilled cheese, and casseroles mentioned. Our hero seemed to love Russell Stover's Pecan Delights (what I think of as a turtle). Also mentioned were chips, Jello, peanut butter, cereal, eggs, a sandwich and (this one's good)— "an impressive meat mountain studded with green bean trees".
So, while I knew that I wanted to make some hot cocoa to go along with The Branson Beauty, it's the middle of summer here. I thought that turning it into ice cream would be both delicious and fitting...you know...it's frozen, which was Hank's constant state throughout the entire book.
Half an hour later he finally extricated his car from the driveway—and he only lost control of the snowblower once, to the delight of Maribel and Benny watching from the window. Those two had a nice, snuggly Presidents' Day holiday ahead of them, playing by the fire and drinking entirely too much of Grandpop's hot cocoa.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.