Author: Marianne Jones
How I got the book: I got a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Summary (from Goodreads):
The peaceful city of Thunder Bay is shocked when one of its most prominent businessmen is murdered with a stone stolen from a nearby church garden. Visiting the city to attend a retreat, friends Margaret and Louise become intrigued by the circumstances surrounding the murder and quickly find themselves embroiled in the investigation. Will they discover that they’ve stepped into something they won’t be able to walk away from? Will the murderer target them next?
This book is a fun, quick read at 198 pages. However, being only 198 pages, a lot more could have been added to it.
We follow Margaret and her friend Louise as they travel away from home for a conference. While there, a murder occurs in the local town.
Margaret and Louise are very fun characters to follow around. They make a friend there and she’s a hoot as well. They were all very enjoyable and I would read anything that involves those characters.
The writing style for the characters and narration was spot on. The whole book flowed well and was very easy to follow.
My only problem is that the story was a bit slow. I thought it may have been because maybe the murder was supposed to be more suspenseful than anything else, but it wasn’t really suspenseful at all. Everything falls into place in the last chapter of the story, which is just eight pages, and there were a lot of side tracks here and there that didn’t really have anything to do with the murder at all.
The motive behind the murder wasn’t very impressive, either. However, the murder weapon was something different (other than guns and knives). Because of that, I found the title to be very clever.
The Serenity Stone Murder by Marianne Jones gets 4 out of 5 stars.
“Some say it is the most direct path, bypassing the intellect, and going straight for the heart. That’s why music is often called the universal language.” –Marianne Jones, The Serenity Stone Murder