***** / 5 stars out of 5
As murder cozies go, the Josiah Reynolds series by Abigail Keam is the best story telling around. And Death By Greed just continues the streak of wonderful writing and a taut storyline that'll keep you hooked from the first word to the last word.
Josiah, out tending to her bees, gets a visitor -- a very large, very angry longhorn bull that comes very close to turning her and Baby--her English Mastiff "guard dog"--into a mash. The vet that comes to tend the animal tells Josiah that he knows the owner. And of course, Josie is going with him to talk to the man. But--surprise, surprise--they arrive in time to see the other animals fending for themselves and in terrible shape. Along with the dead owner. Another job for Josiah Reynolds, Amateur Sleuth and Scourge of the Lexington Police Department. And this is going to be an all hands on deck sort of investigation.
The plot is complicated and riveting. I quit trying to figure it out and just went with the flow -- and by the way, the flow was exciting and kept me hooked. The characters in this novel are once again real, as if they exist in the real world. Josiah tends to be just as complicated as the plots; one minute, I truly like her and the next, I'm having problems with her sense of Kentucky Justice. She's like us all, a deep desire to do the right thing and make sure the real criminal is punished, but sometimes taking short cuts and telling a little white lie to do it. And yet, I can't help but root for her as she goes about it. And you wondered where her daughter Asa got it from.
I love this series and the latest book is no different. Great plot, great characters. Excellent pacing--never too quick or too slow to keep the story going. I can see it all as if it were happening in front of me. I'm getting to know these people intimately and only a great writer can do that. I'm never bored. I keep thinking that the latest is Ms. Keam's best and then a new one comes out and I'm hooked all over again. Death by Greed is certainly the current BEST in this series and a damn fine read. I hope The Josiah Reynolds Murder Mysteries never end. I'm too invested.
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