Dumpster Dicing, by Julie B. Cosgrove, was the most delightful book I’ve read in some time. A well-written mystery that had me guessing, this book also offers humor, a wee bit of romance, and a beautiful message weaved into the characters’ actions.
As Janie and Betsy Ann go for their morning jog, the city sanitation vehicle follows its normal five-mile Tuesday morning route through their retirement community of Sunset Acres. The two Bunco-playing biddies spot a leg dangling out of the dumpster when the truck lifts the trash container high in the air. Someone diced up one of their newest residents—a grouchy loner named Edwin Newman. Did he unpack too much of his dicey past when he moved in last weekend?
When I read a mystery, I want two things. First, I want the mystery to keep me guessing. I don’t want to figure out who did it before the murder even happens. Dumpster Dicing had me guessing throughout. Cosgrove does an excellent job of leaving a breadcrumb trail of clues that leads you in circles right along with the characters. The second thing I look for in a mystery is characters that I care about. Again, Dumpster Dicing did not leave me wanting in this department. I laughed at and fell in love with the charming trio of women would-be-sleuths in their stubborn and relentless resolve to figure out who killed their neighbor. Cosgrove doesn’t stop there with dynamic and endearing characters. I loved Janie’s daughter and son-in-law, Detective Blake Johnson, as well many more of the secondary characters.
What I didn’t expect was such an encouraging message to come in the middle of a cozy mystery. Sometimes authors shove a Christian message in between crime scenes and car chases. However, Cosgrove seamlessly threads her message throughout the book. From the way Blake responds to his wife and his mother-in-law, to the way Janie is convicted about visiting friends in the assisted living center, the characters exemplify what it means to live a life of Christian love. Beautifully done!
I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait until the next installment in the Bunco Biddies series!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.