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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Treat yourself to a cozy murder mystery novel in the upcoming holiday season with Forecast of Gold and Murder: Secrets of the Pirate Mountain by Anya Magnusson. Due to her husband's job in Puerto Rico, Samy moves to the small mountainous town of Andantera, where she promptly opens a coffee shop. She stumbles on the body of a man while strolling along the trail in front of her house, just at the spot where a century-old pirate's treasure is supposed to be buried. Samy is determined to solve the mystery and catch the killer, but she didn't bargain with residents desperate to get their hands on the treasure. Samy also learns that a life insurance policy worth a million dollars was taken out just a month before the victim's death. Can she solve the murder?
Forecast of Gold and Murder will appeal to fans of whodunit murder mysteries and readers who love treasure hunt stories. Fast-paced and full of reveals that take you by surprise, Anya Magnusson's narrative doesn't leave room for fluff and holds your attention until the last page. What impressed me most about this murder mystery tale is that although the cast of characters is quite large, everyone has a legitimate role to play and their motives and actions always felt genuine. Samy is a character who isn't afraid to follow her inner instincts, and it is this facet of her personality that makes her such a compelling protagonist. Highly recommended.