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A Talent for Murder is a cozy, southern mystery filled with humor and colorful characters, with a touch of romance thrown in for added fun.
When Kate Spencer learns her aunt's fiancé is two-timing her with an old rival, she has no choice but to pass along the information to her mother. They are as shocked as the rest of the town when the rival turns up dead and the two-timing fiancé disappears.
Making matters worse, the lead investigator happens to be Kate's old boyfriend. If her aunt has any hope of being cleared, the trio must conduct their own investigation. Even if they have to alienate a few friends and tell a few lies to discover the truth.
A Talent for Murder by Teresa LaRue is the first book in the Flower Patch Mystery series. This quirky, Southern cozy mystery is a real treat. Kate Spencer finds herself caught up in a murder mystery after discovering her aunt’s fiance is sneaking around with several other widows. He is trying to swindle money out of all of them. When Kate hears that he is having dinner with her aunt’s long time rival, and that rival turns up dead, Kate has no choice but to find out who is the real killer.
Kate is a fun amateur sleuth. She is also forced to humor her elderly aunt and her mother as they fancy themselves sleuths as well. I liked the many plot twists and the viability of a few different suspects.
This was an enjoyable cozy mystery. The only thing I felt was lacking in this cozy was the real development of the town. I am not sure that the actual name of the town was stated and I usually feel a strong connection to the town in a cozy.
Other than that, I felt this is a good first book in a cozy series and I will be reading the next book. I would recommend this for a light, quick mystery read.