Death under Palm Trees (A Jack and Frances mystery Book 4) by Carmen Radtke – Review by Desiree Ottinger

Death under Palm TreesDeath under Palm Trees by Carmen Radtke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was such a fun who-done-it mystery! While I was reading, I felt like I was actually watching a PBS/BBC period show that was set in the 1930s. Frances, Jack and Uncle Sal were supposed to be having a wonderful New Year’s celebration with Frances’ Aunt Mildred. Instead, they end up having to help solve a mystery at her house where classified papers have gone missing. Frances and Jack sign up to be “the help” while they investigate who could have done it. However, during their investigation, the crime ups to murder which puts them on a shorter timeline to solve the mystery. Can they find the papers and uncover who the murderer is before all the guests leave?

I really enjoyed the depth of the characters, the different locations they visited, and how they all worked together to develop a trap in which to catch the killer/thief. The dialogue between the characters was well thought out and drew me in to how their minds were working to solve the mystery. In the end, I was surprised who it was, but looking back it made sense!

This was a very well written book that kept my interest until the very end!

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