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A Deadly Deletion: 09/16/21
A Deadly Deletion by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (Narrator) is the fifteenth book in the Booktown mystery series. This one follows immediately on the heels of Handbook for Homicide (2020). Fifteen minutes after Marshall's proposal, Grant Baker makes his own. And then out of nowhere a truck mows down Marshall, killing him.
Marshall's death is just the first of a series of bad events in Tricia's life. Her store is vandalized. Her family's home is torched. And every step Tricia takes to investigate Marshall's death or the other incidents, leads to literal dead ends and bodies.
Along the way, though, Tricia learns the truth about Marshall. He's not who he said he was. All her hesitance to marry him end up justified. She also gets to meet other exes in his life. The question though, is who among them killed Marshall?
The solution to this mystery is built on a modern day cynicism. It goes contrary to the vast majority mysteries I've read. But it's in keeping with other departures from the more standard tropes this series has taken.