About Aloe & Goodbye
Aloe and Goodbye: A Southwestern Small Town Cozy Mystery (Ruby Shaw Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher: Vetrai Press (December 7, 2020)
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-10 : 099848198X
Digital ASIN: B08MTP6WYY
New Yorker Ruby Shaw arrives in a hillside town in Arizona with a brand-new name, a duffel bag on her shoulder, and her daughter, Allie, at her side. Before arriving, Ruby witnesses a murder that lands her in the witness protection program. That decision means she’s gone from being a successful artist to being a nobody in a postage-stamp-sized town called Paradise—a name that doesn’t fit the former ghost town. Even though their new digs are a little shabby, and there may be ghosts haunting the town, they are optimistic about their new lives, that is, until a neighbor turns up dead.
Having just arrived in town, living next door to the victim, and without an alibi, the community members are suspicious of Ruby. A local deputy befriends her, but the deputy still points to her as the culprit each time they find a new clue. If matters weren’t bad enough, Allie is having trouble fitting in at her new school, and Ruby can’t seem to hold down a job.
As they settle in, they meet the quirky inhabitants of Paradise: Bette—the chatterbox café owner, Flora—Allie’s eccentric babysitter, and Derek—who runs local history tours, which he jazzes up with ghost stories of questionable veracity.
Ruby’s life improves when she meets a handsome cook at the local café who is passionate about succulents and cacti, and may feel equally passionate about her. Even though Ruby and Allie want to stay in Paradise, a US marshal has other ideas, as he threatens to move them to a new town after Ruby gets mixed up in the murder investigation. Ruby must find the killer before she and Allie lose their new home or even worse—their lives.
About Janice Peacock
Janice Peacock is a cozy mystery author who specializes in craft and hobby mysteries. She loves to write about artists who find new ways to live their lives and perhaps catch a criminal or two in the process. While working in a glass studio with several colorful and quirky artists, she was inspired to write the Glass Bead Mystery Series. The Ruby Shaw Mysteries, which are set in a small hillside mining town, were inspired by her trips to Jerome, Arizona, and Jacksonville, Oregon.
When Janice isn’t writing about amateur detectives, she wields a 2,500-degree torch to melt glass and create one-of-kind beads and jewelry. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and an undisclosed number of cats. Visit Janice online at janicepeacock.com.
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MY REVIEW – 5 stars
I totally enjoyed Janice Peacock’s first book in the Ruby Shaw mysteries – Aloe and Goodbye. It’s a clean cozy mystery, but with a touch of chill. No, not from the ghosts at the “haunted” Hill Top Hotel, but from the fact that Ruby Shaw and her daughter, Allie, are in the Witness Protection program, hiding from real life criminals until she can testify against them. She admits right from the beginning that Ruby Shaw is not her real name, and that Paradise, Arizona is very far from her “real” hometown of New York City, in SO many ways. But she is determined to make it work for her and Allie.
She’s a mama-bear when it comes to her daughter and a no nonsense toughie when it comes to men who overstep. But she easily makes and mostly keeps several gal-friends in town, including a “crazy-insane” shopkeeper, a talkative café waitress, and a cool deputy sheriff named Darla Cotton.
The first night they are in their new bare-bones house, a murder is committed next store. So, who do you think becomes a person of interest? Ruby tries to help with the investigation, disobeying the strict warnings from her U.S. Marshal “keeper,” and ends up looking even more guilty. Good thing there is a handsome young cook/farmer who wants to help her. But wait, he ends up as a suspect as well after the second murder! And then Ruby gets a scary visitor…. Eek!
You just have to jump into the first chapter of Aloe and Goodbye, and I guarantee you will you will be flipping those pages to get to the end. And then, you’ll sign up for news of the next in the series, like I did.
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