Murder on the Rocks by author Shawn Reilly Simmons is a cozy mystery which starts out with an interesting scene in which Arlena is performing in a screen test for a Jack Sloan film. The next day Penelope and Arlena see drama for real when they meet for brunch at Sonya's Cafe. Soon after Penelope's friend Nadia arrives, the cafe is the scene of a horrible violent attack for robbery by two local hockey players. Some of the customers are injured, people are robbed, and hours later Sonya is dead. This sets the serious tone for the book as Penelope, Arlena, and Nadia are soon off to Vermont for the filming of a movie called Grand Slam. Nadia will be a consultant for Arlena on the set. Penelope will have some mysteries to solve as Nadia becomes a target during s series of accidents. What is going on? Is there a connection between the attack at the cafe and Nadia's accidents? I won't' post spoilers, but it will hook you and keep you reading!
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