It’s November and Maggy Thorsen, co-owner of the Wisconsin gourmet coffeehouse, Uncommon Grounds, is in South Florida at an annual crime-writers’ conference with her beau, local sheriff Jake Pavlik, who is due to speak as a ‘forensics expert’.
Maggy’s pledge to behave solely as a tourist becomes trickier than she anticipated when the conference’s opening night event turns out to be a re-enactment of Agatha Christie’s classic, Murder on the Orient Express. As Maggy and Jake reluctantly set off on the night train to the Everglades to solve the ‘crime’, it’s clear that, as in the original novel, nothing is quite what it seems. And amidst rumours of careers taken, manuscripts stolen and vows broken, it seems that in the Everglades – as in life – the predator all too often becomes the prey.
You would think that getting away from the coffee house would give poor Maggy a break from all those murders, but no, they just keep following her around. This time, no one in her town becomes one of the victims. After one of the train’s occupants is found outside the train, but inside a rock python, Maggy and Jake team up to save as much information as they can for the authorities, assuming they ever get back to civilization. And no, I did not guess the murderer until the reveal, and even then the outcome was different than her other books. For once, Maggy is not really on the list of possible victims, although she may think so. Love these books and hoping she comes out with more!