Tish McWhinny reluctantly gets involved in restoring an old painting for a dog show promotion - harmless eugh, but then the painting is stolen and someone is murdered. Is the crime connected to the rather shady new couple w running the local store? What about the retired Royal Navy man, w much interested in art, who unexpectedly turns up? Or niece Sophie's secretive new boyfriend? It takes all Tish's ingenuity, as well as the help of her courtly friend Hilary Oats and free-spirit Sophie, to find out what's going on and catch a cold criminal. Lofton, Vermont, is a place I'd like to live - right next door to Tish McWhinny, if possible. Barbara Comfort's Vermont mysteries have the wonderful quality of being both mysterious and friendly. I love that saucy, sassy, septuagenarian Tish McWhinny. - Barbara D'Amato
B. Comfort is a portrait and landscape painter and the author of four earlier Vermont village mysteries featuring Tish McWhinny. She lives in New York City and Landgrove, Vermont.