Murder at Rover Meadows by Cindy Bell (Wagging Tail Cozy Mystery #9)
English | 2020 | Mystery & Thriller | ePUB | 642 KB
Cindy Bell is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author. She is the author of ten cozy mystery series.
A dog-loving sleuth. A shocking murder. Will the murderer be found before Sonia lands up behind bars?
Dog walker and pet sitter Nikki Green loves her job. She enjoys spending time with her best friend, Sonia Whitter, and her boyfriend, Detective Quinn Grant. But with Quinn busy testifying in a court case in another town and Sonia going on a last-minute trip to Rover Meadows, a small, picturesque town, to try and save her late husband’s property from being sold to developers, Nikki realizes she has a lot of spare time on her hands.
But not for long…. Soon after Sonia leaves, Nikki gets a frantic call from her to come and take care of her precious Chihuahua, Princess, because Sonia has been accused of murder! Nikki drops everything and with Coco, the loyal German Shepherd, and Spots, the boisterous Dalmatian, in tow, she goes rushing to Rover Meadows to help out with Princess and clear Sonia’s name before she lands up convicted of murder. But with a grouchy detective on the case, most of Sonia’s family believing she is guilty and evidence piling up against her, Nikki realizes that she might have bitten off more than she can chew.
It is a race against the clock to find the murderer before Sonia lands up behind bars permanently!
Nikki Green’s hand trembled as she held the phone. The urgency that she heard in her friend Sonia Whitter’s voice left her heart racing.
“There’s no time to explain, Nikki, can you please come early to walk Princess? As soon as possible.”
“Of course, I can. Is everything okay?”
“No time!” Sonia ended the call.
Nikki’s stomach twisted as she hurried in the direction of Sonia’s large estate. It wasn’t often that her friend asked for her to do anything out of routine. Though they were generations apart in age, she and Sonia had become very close, and Nikki couldn’t help but worry about what might have driven Sonia to ask her to walk Princess almost two hours earlier than normal.
As Nikki crossed from the mostly lower middle-class neighborhood, into the streets lined with houses that could easily be called mansions, she quickened her pace. Whatever was going on with Sonia, she hoped that she would be willing to talk to her about it. Her imagination came up with terrible things, and she wanted to put all of those unsettling images to rest. She reached the front door and knocked firmly on the wood.
“Come in! Just come in!” Sonia shouted from somewhere inside the house.
Nikki pushed open the door to the house with a small frown. It wasn’t like Sonia not to greet her at the door. However, Princess was right there to jump up against her legs.
“Hi there, sweetheart.” Nikki smiled as she crouched down to greet the Chihuahua.
“Make it a quick walk please, Nikki, I have a car picking me and Princess up in just over an hour.” Sonia rushed through the front hall and into the living room, where she gathered up a few magazines from the coffee table.
“What? Where are you going?” Nikki scooped Princess up into her arms and carried her into the living room.
“Rover Meadows.” Sonia rolled her eyes. “It feels like a century since I’ve been there.”
“Rover Meadows? Where’s that? Why are you going there?” Nikki narrowed her eyes. “You didn’t tell me you were planning a trip.”
“I didn’t know I was planning one. It was all very last minute.” Sonia huffed. “But if those greedy youngsters think they are going to keep me out of all of this, they’re wrong!”
“Wait a minute.” Nikki caught Sonia by the shoulder. “Slow down for just a second and tell me what is going on.”
“I’m sorry.” Sonia licked her lips as she turned to face Nikki. “It’s a long story, but my late husband’s family owns quite a large portion of the town they live in, Rover Meadows. I am now the oldest living partner in the ownership of this land. Most of the land has been passed down to the children of my husband’s siblings. They have all gotten together and decided that they are going to sell the land to a large developer.”
“Oh.” Nikki frowned. “And that’s not what you want?”