Another great madcap adventure in the Poppy Harmon series! This time it revolves around Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury on which she finds herself.
Poppy, a retired actress, owns a detective agency with her two friends, Violet and Iris. Poppy in the also excellent first book in the series, Poppy Harmon Investigates, hires a young struggling male actor to be the face of the agency. It appears that 60’ish females don’t engender much trust in potential clients.
In this book, Poppy is the jury foreman on a hung jury whose defendant is a famous older crooner (think Tony Bennett). The singer is accused of hitting a chef in the head with a frying pan because his steak was overcooked. All members of the jury but one believe Tony (the singer’s name in the book) is guilty. When Poppy sees Tony nodding to the jury holdout, she wonders what is going on. She shrugs it off but later when she finds the juror dead, she decides to investigate.
In a separate case, Poppy’s old co-worker, actor Rod, is trying to find his missing daughter. They had an argument about money resulting in her disappearance. Poppy is relieved when her computer expert, and Violet’s grandson, twelve-year-old Wyatt discovers that the daughter has been using her credit card in local Palm Springs’ stores. But is it her? Or is it someone else using the card?
I absolutely love this series and Poppy in general. She is feisty and doesn’t take any crap from anyone. She is genuine as are all the supporting characters. The two mysteries are also excellent. I can’t recommend Poppy Harmon and the Hung Jury more highly. It’s one of my favorite books (as was its predecessor–my review is here). 5 stars!
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.