Friday, 6 April 2018

Murder at the Bus Depot by Judy Alter - Book Review - #CozyMystery

I am delighted to be bringing you my review of cozy mystery Murder at the Bus Depot

Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Series:  A Blue Plate Cafe Mystery #4
Publication Date:  6 April 2018
Publisher:  Alter Ego Press
Approx Pages:  220 (Kindle)

Is the depot a symbol of the worst episode in a town’s history or does it stand for revitalization, bringing the citizens of Wheeler together with pride in their community?

Kate Chamber’s trouble antenna goes up when Dallas developer Silas Fletcher decides to help “grow” Wheeler. She and her brother-in-law, Mayor Tom Bryson, have less spectacular and drastic ideas for revitalizing the town. When Old Man Jackson dies in an automobile accident, the specter of the past comes back to haunt the town. Thirty years ago, Jackson’s daughter, Sallie, was murdered at the bus depot. The murder is still unsolved.

Kate and Silas clash over almost everything, from the future use of the abandoned depot to a fall festival celebrating Wheeler. Another murder at the depot blows the town apart, and Kate know she must do something to solve the murders and save her town, let alone the festival she’s planning.

Murder at the Bus Depot is the 4th in the Blue Plate Cafe Mystery Series and features Kate Chambers who runs the cafe in the small town of Wheeler, 60 miles east of Texas.

Kate loves the town just as it is, but when an out of town developer comes along and wants to turn the old Bus Depot into some sort of visitors centre, Kate is concerned.  This is not just the site of an unsolved murder 30 years ago but it's also part of the town's history.

When another two murders happen in the town Kate fears that Wheeler will become well known for all the wrong reasons and she decides she'd better try and find the killer herself or her town and, possibly, her cafe would suffer.

This is a pleasant cozy mystery that kept me guessing right to the end as to the identity of the killer.  The plot was easy to follow with plenty of suspects, I kept changing my mind as the story went on!

About the Author

Judy Alter is the author of six books in the Kelly O’Connell Mysteries, two books in the Blue Plate Café Mysteries; and two in the Oak Grove Mysteries. Pigface and the Perfect Dog follows The Perfect Coed in this series of mysteries set on a university campus. Judy is no stranger to college campuses. She attended the University of Chicago, Truman State University in Missouri, and Texas Christian University, where she earned a Ph.D. and taught English. For twenty years, she was director of TCU Press, the book publishing program of the university. The author of many books for both children and adults primarily on women of the American West, she retired in 2010 and turned her attention to writing contemporary cozy mysteries.
She holds awards from the Western Writers of America, the National Cowboy Museum and Hall of Fame, and the Texas Institute of Letters. She was inducted into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame and recognized as an Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth and a woman who has left her mark on Texas. Western Writers of America gave her the Owen Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement and will induct her into its Hall of Fame in June 2015.
The single parent of four and the grandmother of seven, she lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her perfect dog, Sophie.

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