The Proof is in the Poison
Now that her moonshine shop is up and running, Hattie Hayes can focus her efforts on expanding her fledgling business to events in the area, like the Chattanooga Choo Choo Model Train Convention, which is running full steam ahead at the convention center down the block. Hattie is all aboard, seizing this perfect opportunity to promote her Southern homebrew to the folks who have come to the city for the annual event.
But when an attendee dies after drinking some of Hattie's moonshine, she'll need to prove her innocence. Between tight-lipped train hobbyists and competitors for a coveted convention prize, Hattie has a wide array of suspects to choose from, and she'll need to use all the tricks up her sleeve to make sure her moonshine business can survive a murderer and stay on track.
I found all the information on moonshine to be fascinating. The author knows her history on this topic. The historical details add depth and interest to the story. The mystery was fun. I will admit that it is a cinch to solve. However, I enjoyed the crime and following Hattie as she worked on solving it. I like how Hattie’s mind works. I think, though, that she needs to work on her questioning technique. Hattie needs to be more subtle, so she does not alienate potential clients. The reveal scene was a delight. I laughed quite a bit. I appreciated that she kept Ace (the detective on the case) in the loop. I am glad that Hattie has a good working relationship with the detective on the case. Of course, Hattie has a close relationship with Marlon. I think it is a great touch that he is a mounted officer. There was some repetition regarding the suspects and the case details. Those details do not need to be repeated so frequently. I found the method of murder to be unique. It was clever how it was laid out. We get to learn some interesting information regarding it as well (I would say more but I do not want to spoil it for you). There are recipes at the end for the three drinks served at the convention mixer (railroad themed drinks). I am looking forward to Hattie’s next escapade. All aboard for Hattie’s latest adventure in The Proof is in the Poison with clown car cocktails, railroad replicas, acrimonious competitors, a boorish bully, railway trivia, an exterminated engineer, killer hooch, and a smoky disclosure.
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