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Soul of a Killer: 02/26/23

Soul of a Killer

Soul of a Killer by Abby Collette and L. Malaika Cooper (Narrator) (2022) is the second Books & Biscuits mystery. A man is electrocuted during a church potluck. Mama Zola and the twins know the accused man couldn't have done it and set out to prove so.

This mystery is built around church politics and the rivalries that can spring up among similar congregations. Add in financial shenanigans and there's sure to be enough hurt feelings that someone might be driven to murder.

Keaton sets herself apart from most cozy sleuths in that she will readily admit when she doesn't know something. She does this to the people around her and to the reader. She's also more than willing to ask for help. That said, she's still hindered by preconceptions that sometimes get her into danger.

I did manage to figure out who had committed the murder before Keaton, Koby or Mama Zola. The process involved first, an understanding of the "family" dynamic of the church and later in recognizing who besides the obvious characters had the same skillset.

Five stars

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