Monday, March 26, 2018

Book Review: The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors (Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery #1 by Julie Seedorf

Synposis (from Amazon)

The Brilliant Brothers founded Brilliant Minnesota, and then they disappeared. The residents of Brilliant didn’t know the brothers left a puzzle needing to be solved. A chain of unexpected present-day events shakes up the Penderghast neighborhood of Brilliant: Mr. Warbler hanging between floors after stepping through a hole cut in his floor by a floornapper, then a dead body in Annabelle Avery’s empty house. To the dismay of Police Chief Hank Hardy, Jezabelle Jingle and her quirky neighbors form their own sleuth group under the guise of the Penderghast Puzzle Protectors to solve the puzzle before any of them end up in pieces or—worse yet—dead. Will they be able to figure out if the same person who is causing the mysterious happenings is also Jezabelle’s secret admirer, or is another mystery unfolding to complicate their investigation? Is the entire town in danger of a pernicious puzzle waiting to be solved?


The theft of pieces of flooring in houses in the Penderghast neighborhood lead to questions about the history of Brilliant and the Brilliant brothers who founded the town and built these old houses. Whatever the secret of the flooring, it has resulted in one death and another accident. As Jezabelle and her neighbors track each others' movements, there seem to be some other puzzling occurrences. You have to feel sorry for Police Chief Hank Hardy who tries to keep these puzzlers out of his investigation, but he doesn't have all the pieces either. 

With this new series in Brilliant, MN, Seedorf introduces the rather unique and quirky characters in a lighthearted cozy mystery. These characters are just as much fun as Granny in Fuchsia, MN and there seems to be a competition between the same towns. I look forward to reading more in this series.

The second in the Brilliant, Minnesota Mystery series - The Discombobulated Deciphers is available as well AMAZON LINK

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