Author Jennifer Oakley Denslow takes us back to high school in this classically tailored whodunit, Rapier Wit – a Regina Murphy Mystery.
She introduces us to the drama students under the direction of main character, Regina Murphy – surprises us with the manner of the featured murder itself (might a second one occur?).
She drops a trail of clues – poses several suspects for us to ponder as the potential culprit. The reveal was suitably dramatic. I wasn’t happy to learn one of my favorite characters was the murderer. But it made sense.
As a reader, we wonder if anything will happen regarding Reggie’s infatuation with a character who plays prominently in the plot.
A fun tale for those of us who wouldn’t mind reliving our high school years. – Perhaps imagine grabbing a starring role in a Shakespearean play if given a second chance (my own aspiration).
My only disappointment regarding this story was the orange tabby whose picture appears on the book cover. Reggie’s kitty was only casually mentioned, perhaps two or three times, if I remember correctly.
Will this book become a series? I can see it. A sheriff and teacher investigative team sounds intriguing – will they perhaps also become a local item?
Rapier Wit’s plot may not have you on the edge of your seat, but it’s interesting, well structured, entertaining. Pick up a copy, find a seat under a shade tree, enjoy this cozy on a lovely June day.
Jennifer Oakley Denslow is an instructor of drama herself. I’m sure she does a wonderful job of inspiring her students.