Four years ago, Peter Fontaine made a name for himself as Bellingham, Washington’s premiere investigative reporter. Since then he’s got an award, a cat and good-looking artist to come home to every night.
Nick Olson, Peter’s long-suffering lover has a lot of reasons for wanting Peter to stop investigating the many and varied crimes committed in the City of Subdued Excitement. Peter’s nasty habit of getting held at gunpoint by lunatics has Nick wondering if any story is worth losing the man he’s decided to “everything-but-marry.”
But when a famous ceramic artist drops dead at the Bellingham Farmer’s Market, Nick agrees to help Peter dig deep to unearth the secret rivalries and dirty deeds done at Green Goddess Farms. And then they’re going to have another long talk about these bad habits of Peter’s.
This is the fourth book in the Bellingham Mystery series and the first one that failed me. It took thinking about it all night long before I realized what was wrong with it. Let me explain.
First off, the book has all the quirkiness and fun as in the first three books. Peter is still his humorous, insatiably curious self. Nick finds him amusing, if a but spacy when it comes to his own safety. And the multitude of characters are quirky and fun. However, I had a hard time concentrating on the subject at hand. I’d almost forget the book was a mystery and so would Peter and then, oh yeah, we need to find out who killed Roger.
Each book should have one overall storyline, with some mini plots to carry the major plot along. This book had two overall storylines. They competed with each other for the plot and in doing so, left both subject matters squandering for attention. So much so that I wasn’t sure at times if the book was about gay marriage or if it was a murder mystery. A reader should never be left wondering what the book is about. It’s very disconcerting.
Plus, this is the first time where I came across multiple instances of either extraneous words or missing words in sentences.
Sorry to say, only 3 stars 🙁