Star Tangled Murder

Nancy J. Cohen

Marla Vail and her husband Dalton plan to spend the day at a living history village in Florida, where they plan to see the re-enactment of the Seminole battle. However, their fun Fourth of July weekend filled with play violence turns ugly when the town Marshall is discovered dead—bludgeoned with a tomahawk to the head. Dalton, a soon-to-retire detective, finds himself submersed in the investigation, while Marla aids her husband, filtering out information and digging through lies and evidence to track down the culprit. As they get closer to uncovering the truth, will they risk their own lives getting in the way of a murderer?

“Star Tangled Murder” is the perfect mashup of history and mystery. Every detail that unfolds works alongside the living history village, where every piece of evidence is compared to its purpose in history. The way the historical information is presented in the novel is done with entertainment in mind and never once feels forced or textbook. In fact, it only adds to the interesting concept of the village and the overarching plot. The story starts with a bang, but the plot does not die there. There are twists and turns that will keep the reader on their toes every step of the way. Dalton and Marla have such an interesting relationship that is entertaining to read as they work together to solve the mysteries that keep revealing themselves. Nancy J. Cohen does an incredible job creating a dynamic storyline, with constant suspense, purposeful dialogue, and a beautiful ending.

Sadie Wilson