Just when life is finally improving for divorced accountant Cleopatra Jones, a secret from the past reaches out to bite her Mama.
After years of putting up with rude, pushy behavior from town doyenne Erica Hodges, Cleopatra Jones’ Mama finally blows her top at a church meeting. When Erica is found run over in the church parking lot, Mama is naturally a prime suspect. Since her friend Detective Britt Radcliff seems stuck on Mama as the guilty party, Cleo is forced to investigate Erica’s death. But Mama refuses to explain the recent damage to her car Cleo has noticed. At the same time, Cleo has her hands full with her cheating ex-husband, who’s trying to get her back, her heavily pregnant Saint Bernard and her sexy golf pro, Rafe Golden, who’s improving more than her game. Once she finds time to investigate, Cleo learns that not only was Erica hated by most everyone who knew her, including her two children, but that after running through a large fortune, she’d been getting along by indulging in blackmail. Mama’s feud with Erica goes all the way back to their early boyfriends, one of whom Mama is now secretly dating again. When Mama’s car is identified as the murder weapon, she’s arrested, and Cleo must put herself in danger to ferret out the truth.
The second in this amusing and romantic series (In for a Penny, 2008) is a welcome addition to the cozy ranks.