I like a good mystery, but I find them few and far between.  I was delighted to recently read a Branigan Powers mystery, The Cover Story, by Deb Richardson-Moore.

The story begins with two college girls, Charlie and Janie Rose, sharing a ride together home for Christmas break.  What they don’t know is that this trip will change one girl’s life and end the other’s.  They are run off the road by a 1950s black hearse, and Janie Rose is killed and Charlie severely injured.

Branigan Powers, the local beat reporter and aunt to Charlie, is quick to sniff out a new case.  The mystery only deepens when another girl is murdered.

Powers has several suspects in mind, each with motive.  She zeroes in on the local college’s Greek system and suspects that her killer is there, though she doesn’t know who it actually is.

Aided by a local homeless man, Malachi, Powers finds the murder, and she is as shocked as the reader likely will be.

This story kept my interest throughout, and I found myself unable to discover who had committed the crimes until the last 1o pages when Richardson-Moore spells it out for the reader.

This book is the second one in the Branigan Powers series, and I enjoyed it so much, I plan to read several more of Richardson-Moore’s books.  If you’re looking for a good, clean mystery, I highly suggest this one.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

Note: I received this book from Kregel Publications in routine for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.


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