Sheriff Lark Swenson and his pals from Big Oak, Wisconsin, John and Ann Ranson (Cold Hunter’s Moon, 2002), don’t even get to the ninth hole at the Gibraltar State Park Golf Course when Ann spots the corpse of Chicago architect Paul Larsen, a part-time Door County resident, whose antipathy to real-estate developers may have shortened his life. The local sheriff, severely understaffed and so swamped trying to solve 21 burglaries he’s called on Detectives Joel Grenfurth and Lacey Smith of the State Police for help, is glad of any assistance Lark can give. But Lark has misgivings. Besides not wanting to work on his week off, he’s nervous about dealing with Lacey, his former lover, who now seems smitten with hunky Dr. Gene Boskirk. Much legwork leads to Paul’s on/off romance with Daisy DuBois, whose sister and brother-in-law, Rose and Simon Gradoute, wanted to buy Paul’s gatehouse and add it to their planned B&B. More questioning reveals a hush-hush 1919 liaison, another more recent one, a search for a long-missing barrel of Carnival glass, and the inexorable conclusion that the robberies and murders are connected—but not, alas, before first Daisy, then Lacey is shot.
Of some interest to collectors of Carnival glass, but basically aimed at the crowd who thinks it’s not much of a vacation without a little romance.