Record Store Reckoning
Record Store Reckoning is the beginning of A Darcy Gaughan Mystery series. The story starts out a little slow as we are introduced to Darcy Gaughan and learn her background. There are a numerous references to musical artists (I did not know most of them) along with drumming terminology. The pacing increased about a third or so of the way in. I am glad that the author took the time to give us Darcy’s background and information on the town. The business district of Marysburg, Indiana sounded like a great place to browse with its funky shops. The mystery begins in chapter one with the death of Darcy’s boss, Eddie Maxwell. I was surprised to find the murder so early in the book since this writer is not a newbie. It makes the book seem long when the mystery occurs so early. The mystery was interesting, and I liked that the death was personal to Darcy (gave the story depth). There is the death of Eddie plus a valuable missing record. The are several good suspects along with a red herring or two. There are clues to help readers solve the whodunit if you pay close attention. It was nicely wrapped up at the end after a unique reveal. Record Store Reckoning has a sweet ending. I like how the people of Marysburg support Darcy and the record store. Record Store Reckoning is a groovy cozy mystery with a stabbed superior, a determined developer, a pilfered record, a discordant detective, a handsome helper, and a sober sleuth.
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