I've read the first novel & have started the second. I like how Joanna Kilbourn is presented. She's an intelligent woman who has had to face some bad situations, a widow raising 3 teenagers & working, while still dealing with her husband's murder.
Some of my thoughts while reading:
Saskatchewan is a province I know little about. It doesn't have Calgary or Edmonton like Alberta does nor Winnipeg as does Manitoba. So it's good to read books set there.
Jo's daughter didn't seem serious about college in the 1st book, which is confirmed in the 2nd. Who has time to bake bread in college, except perhaps a food science student?
The 2 doctors Jo saw about her symptoms were so typical, unfortunately. The thought process seems to be "I can't find anything physically wrong, so there must not be anything physically wrong, so it must be an emotional problem." I'm reminded of what a friend of mine said after seeing a gyne after having symptoms of PMS. This was a bit before PMS was identified as something real, so the gyne told her that her symptoms were due to her being unhappy with being a woman!
I've now finished all 3 novels.
I had a problem with the explanation of why the oldest daughter was back in Regina, rather than in Saskatoon, where her catering business was. Apparently the business was so successful that she was going to open a 2nd one in Regina. However this hardly is believable, especially as the only-months-old Saskatoon business must run itself, as she & her fiancé spend all their time in Regina.
Award-winning mystery writer Gail Bowen’s first three masterful mysteries featuring amateur sleuth Joanne Kilbourn are now collected in a single volume. In Deadly Appearances, a successful politician sips his water before a speech at a picnic on a sweltering August afternoon and, within seconds, he is dead; in Murder at the Mendel, Joanne’s childhood friend may have a far more complicated, far more sordid, and far more deadly past than Joanne knows about; and in The Wandering Soul Murders, a centre for street kids holds a dark and disturbing secret, forcing Joanne to act when her own children are drawn into a web of intrigue that will leave you breathless.