Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery
(Ruby Shaw Mysteries)
by Janice Peacock
Aloe and Goodbye is a cute cozy with a darling dog, an accommodating marshal, a job journey, school struggles, a local letch, and an incommodious murder.
~The Avid Reader
. . . a unique cozy that will have your turning page after page as it all plays out surprising you at every turn. I highly recommend it to cozy fans looking for something different. I really liked it . . .
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Aloe and Goodbye by Janice Peacock is an engaging start to a new cozy mystery series, and readers will easily love newly-relocated (via the Witness Protection program) Ruby & her tween daughter Allie.
~Reading Is My SuperPower
I totally enjoyed Janice Peacock’s first book in the Ruby Shaw mysteries – Aloe and Goodbye. It’s a clean cozy mystery, but with a touch of chill.
~Here’s How it Happened
This was such an exciting book! I absolutely loved the premise . . . From the setting to the plot, the story felt new and fresh with all the familiar cozy elements I enjoy: small-town feel, characters you can relate to, and a mystery that kept me guessing.
The story itself has a few twists and turns, and just when you think you have it all figured out, it has one more little twist. Overall, a really great read.
About Aloe & Goodbye
Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery (Ruby Shaw Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Vetrai Press (December 7, 2020)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10 : 099848198X
Digital ASIN: B08MTP6WYY
New Yorker Ruby Shaw arrives in a hillside town in Arizona with a brand-new name, a duffel bag on her shoulder, and her daughter, Allie, at her side. Before arriving, Ruby witnesses a murder that lands her in the witness protection program. That decision means she’s gone from being a successful artist to being a nobody in a postage-stamp-sized town called Paradise—a name that doesn’t fit the former ghost town. Even though their new digs are a little shabby, and there may be ghosts haunting the town, they are optimistic about their new lives, that is, until a neighbor turns up dead.
Having just arrived in town, living next door to the victim, and without an alibi, the community members are suspicious of Ruby. A local deputy befriends her, but the deputy still points to her as the culprit each time they find a new clue. If matters weren’t bad enough, Allie is having trouble fitting in at her new school, and Ruby can’t seem to hold down a job.
As they settle in, they meet the quirky inhabitants of Paradise: Bette—the chatterbox café owner, Flora—Allie’s eccentric babysitter, and Derek—who runs local history tours, which he jazzes up with ghost stories of questionable veracity.
Ruby’s life improves when she meets a handsome cook at the local café who is passionate about succulents and cacti, and may feel equally passionate about her. Even though Ruby and Allie want to stay in Paradise, a US marshal has other ideas, as he threatens to move them to a new town after Ruby gets mixed up in the murder investigation. Ruby must find the killer before she and Allie lose their new home or even worse—their lives.
About Janice Peacock
Janice Peacock is a cozy mystery author who specializes in craft and hobby mysteries. She loves to write about artists who find new ways to live their lives and perhaps catch a criminal or two in the process. While working in a glass studio with several colorful and quirky artists, she was inspired to write the Glass Bead Mystery Series. The Ruby Shaw Mysteries, which are set in a small hillside mining town, were inspired by her trips to Jerome, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Oregon.
When Janice isn’t writing about amateur detectives, she wields a 2,500-degree torch to melt glass and create one-of-kind beads and jewelry. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and an undisclosed number of cats. Visit Janice online at janicepeacock.com.
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