Review: Frog Legs

30832036Frog Legs (A Dunbarton Mystery #3) by Valerie Tate

Alicia (Ali to her friends) is a newlywed settling down at her horse farm in rural Ontario, CA when a proposal is submitted to build a new golf course and resort that includes the destruction of an existing marsh. After a protest group demands an ecological study, the fate of the marsh rests with a noted ecologist, who announces she did not find any endangered species and the project could proceed. The head of the conservation group, Ali’s old friend Ted, believes he has found something that reverses Rowena’s findings, but he is murdered before he can share what he has found. Ali and Chris set out to investigate, navigating small town politics to uncover the truth.

I really enjoyed this. I’ve not read any of the previous books in this series, so I can safely say this can be read as a standalone, or as an entry into the series. Set in a small town in Ontario, Canada, Dunbarton is a idyllic location and gave the book a strong sense of place. The writing is engaging, you can’t help but like Ali and her husband Chris, who managed not to let the marsh issue come between them, despite working on opposing sides. And what a great plot! I wavered between which suspect was the killer over and over and in the end I was kinda right but mostly wrong and very satisfied.

I enjoyed the ecological aspect of the story, that marshes are increasingly under threat from development, and the importance of preserving them. I could also see the viewpoint of the townspeople who were in favor of the golf course. In a small town, there are so few places of income and revenue that a big development can be a huge boon for a town. It also highlighted how easy it is to let greed compromise good judgement.

Overall, a very enjoyable book, and I’ll be sure to check out the other books in the series. I definitely recommend this to cozy mystery fans as a quick, light read.

Frog Legs is available at book retailers or online Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Thank you to the author, Valerie Tate, for providing a free copy of the book in return for my honest review.

Series: Dunbarton Mystery #3
Rating:★★★★★ 5 stars
Publisher:Red Cottage Books
Publication Date:July 1, 2016
Language: English
Formats: Kindle/Paperback
ISBN: 9781534682078
ASIN: B019MBQQK0
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)
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7 thoughts on “Review: Frog Legs

      1. Recently, it was a pipeline that would have given a lot of revenue to the towns but trample all over local land owners’ rights. It was defeated simply because people just kept being annoying and delaying things. Gotta do what you gotta do.

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    1. Like my dad always says, “you always find time for what you like to do” and, conversely, I never find time for what I hate to do, so the laundry is piled up by the washer, the floors need to be washed, dishes in the sink, bed needs to be made…etc…etc 😀

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