When a retired teacher and her bestie join a training class with the goal of walking a breast cancer charity race, they run into a speedbump when a member of the group is murdered in the park. He had no shortage of enemies. Blackmail, harassment, and smuggling top the list of motives. Susan and Valerie both have detective daughters who for once request their mothers’ help. Their inroads with the training group put the amateur sleuths in a position to gather and pass along information. Meanwhile, Susan receives a mysterious gift on her doorstep and has no idea what it is or who sent it. Valerie questions whether or not it’s time to start dating again after losing her husband. And Susan’s daughter has a secret of her own.
Murder in Training is a welcome addition to the Susan Wiles Cozy Series by Author Diane Weiner. I’ve read every book in this series. I anticipate and anxiously wait for the next one. I was not disappointed in the continuation of the series.
Each book takes you deeper into the background of the characters, drawing you in and making you care about their lives. I was hoped the author would keep the characters of Valerie and Jazzy from her previous book and she did. They are the perfect pairing for Susan and her daughter Lynnette, adding a level of friendship we all yearn for and can identify with.
As always, Susan and her friends are smack dab in the middle of trouble, sometimes involving their unwilling families. How many of us have experienced that? I’m not a walker and one thing this book made me want to do was join a walking club, not to get healthier but to experience the joys of the friendship it brought. However, I’ll not be dropping into any murders. Added to my enjoyment was the description of goodies to bake. I wish the author had included some of the recipes in the back of the book, perhaps in the future?
I recommend this entire series. It keeps getting better and better. I can’t wait to see what Susan Wiles is up to next.
About the Author
Diane Weiner, award-winning author of The Susan Wiles Schoolhouse Mysteries, The Sugarbury Falls Mysteries, and The Sara Baron Tuned-in Mysteries, is a veteran public school teacher and mother of four grown children. Being an animal lover, she is a vegetarian and shares her home with two precious cats—a calico named Callie and a gray tabby, Chelsea. In her free time, she enjoys running, shopping, attending theater productions, watching British mysteries on Britbox, and spending time with her family. A favorite way to destress involves turning down the lights, cranking down the air-conditioning (she lives in Florida), and getting lost in the scenery and mystery of Wales, Scotland, or England by watching shows such as Hinterland,Shetland, and Vera. To learn more about the author, visit her website http://www.dianeweinerauthor.com, or follow her on Facebook (dianeweinerauthor), Amazon, Goodreads, and Bookbub. Contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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