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BOOK REVIEW: DEATH AT A PREMIUM
BY VALERIE WOLZIEN

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Josie Pigeon is a single mom, mother of Tyler, and engaged to Sam Richardson. Sam is a licensed attorney but has given up his practice in New York and opened a wine and liquor store on the island where his mother lives. Josie runs Island Contracting and has just been hired to remodel The Bride's Bed and Breakfast. The house had been originally built by a rich gentleman for his new bride but the bride disappeared right before the wedding. There have been tales of the bride haunting this old house and the Bed and Breakfast had used that theme to attract guests.

Now the house has been purchased by Seymour Higgins for his wife Tillie. Tillie has hired her grandson Christopher to design the home even though he has never undertaken a job like this and has not yet graduated from college.

Josie is in a real bind trying to get the house finished on schedule with a new crew and trying to deal with all the preparations for her wedding to Sam on Labor Day. For the first time Josie has a man on her crew and it appears to be working out. He is a good electrician and one of her other workers is madly in love with him and hopes to marry him.

Then the trouble begins. First the crew finds what they think is a body in the wall but it turns out to be a mannequin. The police are not at all happy to be called out on what they thought was a murder but turns out to be a dummy. Soon the crew discover a second mannequin but as they say the third time is a charm and in attempting to make extra storage space stumble on another body which actually is human and wrapped in a blanket.

The police don't seem to be doing too much in the way of investigation except for appearing at Bride's Bed and Breakfast and harassing Leslie, the male employee.

Josie finally takes matters into her own hands and in an attempt to settle a problem she has with her health insurance carrier manages to uncover the identity of the victim as well as the murderer.

This is the seventh of the Josie Pigeon mysteries but the first one I have read. I would have understood more of the background had I read previous Pigeon mysteries but I did enjoy the book. It is a fast and entertaining read.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

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