Elizabeth C. Main knows the way to a mystery reader's heart. No Rest for the Wicked is centered around an independent book store in which a small group of people form an unconventional book club, the Murder of the Month Book Club. After they solved one murder mystery in Murder of the Month, some of the members are chomping at the bit to be involved in a crime again.
Jane Serrano, the only sensible member of the group, manages Thornton's Books in Juniper, Oregon. She just wants life to return to normal so she can explore her feelings for Nick Constantine, a local attorney. However, things may never be back to normal. The murder of a con man has one group member convinced that someone from SOS, Save Our Seniors, might be the killer. After the group met to discuss scams against the elderly, Minnie was willing to lead her friend Velda on a wild goose chase as they follow some of their elderly neighbors. Laurence Thornton, the bookstore's owner, is acting so strange that his sixteen-year-old grandson worries about his sanity. Jane's daughter, Bianca, is convinced her mother can solve the crime. When suspicion falls on Alix Boudreau, owner of Wedding Belle Bridal Shop, and Bianca's boss, everyone knows the sheriff has made a mistake again. But, no one knew Alix had once been married to the dead con man. When Alix asks Jane to help, the Murder of the Month Book Club rides again.
No Rest for the Wicked is a funny, touching mystery. The humor is wonderful. How can you resist a "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" wedding theme, with a one-eyed dog, Wendell, as a wedding escort, who happens to tangle with a porcupine? Main alleviates the weight of a mystery centered on elderly abuse, with quirky characters and funny scenes. She recognizes that even a con man has a grandmother that loves him, while showing the evil involved in scamming the elderly.
And, for those of us who are mystery lovers, there are book titles and authors discussed, everyone from Donna Leon to Eliot Pattison. However, the characters add the depth and variety to this story. It's wonderful to watch such a diverse group of characters come together to help each other in the Murder of the Month Book Club. The group ranges in age from sixteen to eighties, with the narrator, Jane, a forty-three-year-old widow.
Humor, a diverse cast of friends, a murder mystery, an independent book store, and, even a dog, are all brought together in Elizabeth C. Main's entertaining treat, No Rest for the Wicked.
Elizabeth C. Main's website is www.elizabethcmain.com
No Rest for the Wicked. Elizabeth C. Main. Gale Cenpage Learning. ©2011. ISBN 9781432825041 (hardcover), 256p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.