An amateur sleuth who finally learns to use a computer discovers that intuition still reigns supreme.
Retired schoolteacher Mary McGill and her cocker spaniel, Millie, have met Ian Miller and his German shepherd, Ranger, before, but she’s about to learn a lot more about him once he’s shot dead and she discovers his body as she and Millie return home from their town’s Fourth of July picnic. It turns out that Miller was a member of the California Bureau of Investigation who was interested in a series of jewelry store robberies. The local jewelry store is owned by Marlene and Jerry Lowell, but Marlene runs it alone since her bad-tempered husband is interested only in designing jewelry and in their second shop, We Buy Gold. Their son, Tommy, a talented jewelry designer like his father who's recently returned home at Marlene’s behest, is helping his mother run the store. But when Jerry is shot and nothing seems to have been stolen, Tommy becomes a suspect. The nice man who’s teaching Mary to use the computer she recently purchased is another suspect, since he used to be a cop, and Miller’s partner always thought he had something to do with the robberies. Nor can the police rule out the two brothers who mount fireworks displays and were silent partners in the gold-buying business. Police Chief Dan Dunham, who’s married to Mary’s niece, Ellen, has a healthy respect for Mary’s intuition, which has already helped him solve several crimes (Curtains for Miss Plym, 2016, etc.). And indeed it’s Mary’s intuition that once again helps solve the mysteries.
Although the mystery doesn’t provide much of a challenge, getting there is half the fun with pleasant company like the heroine, her extended family, and several dogs who are quite definite about whom they like.