Jane Tesh, |
Just You Wait
(Poisoned Pen Press, 2015)
This book is my first exposure to an established series by Jane Tesh, but there's enough back-story involved that I do not feel at a loss ... although I am also interested in reading the previous novels.
Just You Wait is a "cozy" mystery, in that no one dear to the heart of anyone suffers. The mystery aspects are very secondary to advancing the stories of the protagonist and his friends and adopted family, and that is both charming and enticing. There is a paranormal element, so keep that in mind whether you find that enticing or off-putting.
Still, all the relationship stuff does happen at the cost of the mystery itself. And by book's end, it is not at all clear to me what the villain thought he was gaining by his actions.
The mystery plot is reasonably intricate, though it's secondary to the various relationship arcs.
As in most cozies, there's a diverse cast of eccentric secondary characters. These are very well-drawn and do not delve into cliches, even when it seems like they ought to; they have a twist that makes them breathe.
I very much enjoyed this book, and will be reading more in the series.
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13 June 2015
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