This murder mystery centers around the Higgins Hotel set in a small town in southern West Virginia. Jack Higgins the owner of the hotel which is the base of operations for a cast of colorful characters: Blossom, the maid turned manager, who fills in for Jack’s wife BooBoo in more than a professional manner; Cindy the real estate agent with a young son who is trying to make ends meets; Chuck, Jack’s friend and fellow white-collar crook who is dating Cindy; and several more odd characters who populate the town. Things move along in a haphazard manner as things do in small towns until one morning Jack is found dead in the alley behind the hotel. Who could have done such a thing? And why?
I found the plot of this story to be intriguing although it barely scratched the surfaces. The characters weren’t fully formed in that I couldn’t get into their heads and learn the reasons behind their actions. The storyline didn’t seem to follow any timeline with characters coming in and out of the picture in a random manner. It is this reviewer’s belief that the story could have been expanded a bit and more backstory for the characters provided as well as for the overall story. Other reviewers have said this is not Ms. Coffman’s finest work and I sincerely hope that is true. This is the only work of this author that I have read and I’m positive that she can produce a better manuscript than this one. I did, however, enjoy the twist at the end of the story.
Rating: 3.5 Stars