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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
Murder Returns to the Precipice by Penny Goetjen commences when Elizabeth Pennington discovers a body in the gym, partially crushed under the barbells. She doesn’t have long to notify the authorities and clean up before an Australian rock musician arrives with his entourage. The blows keep coming as her boyfriend Kurt discovers a stack of mail that includes demands for land tax. The deceased woman's husband jumps off a cliff just before an annoying guest arrives without a reservation. Elizabeth is involved in a motor accident, and someone murders the chef. How will the Pennington Inn survive the negative publicity? Will hiring former friend Rashelle help with customer service? Who is the mysterious, but perfectly lovely old lady who invites Elizabeth to tea?
Murder Returns to the Precipice by Penny Goetjen presents a character-driven cozy mystery. I sympathized with Elizabeth as she struggled to manage the inn and resolve the challenges involved in the hospitality industry. I was pleased when she assertively initiated communication with Kurt to uncover the secrets of his background. The interplay of problems and events kept me guessing as I turned the pages. I enjoyed the treasure hunt, loving the idea that Elizabeth’s grandmother might have put something aside. These sections provided a welcome distraction from the looming disaster of the inn being repossessed. Finally, I was surprised at the identity of the poison pen letter writer and angry that somebody had tried to drive a wedge between Elizabeth and Kurt. The book evoked tingles of anxiety and incorporated convincing side quests that kept me interested until the last word.