DeAnna Julie Dodson's newest release, The Key in the Attic, is a delightful cozy mystery. An Annie's Attic Mystery, the story follows young widow and grandmother Annie Dawson and her friends from the Hook and Needle Club as they solve a mystery that could save one of the friends from ruin ... or change the whole town forever.
Annie's attic is full of her grandmother's treasures. Perhaps if Annie sold a few pieces, she could help her friend Mary Beth save her knitting store from the big city developers who want to turn the store (and the buildings alongside it) into a Burly Boy fast-food restaurant. The community of Stony Point, Maine is so full of historical charm and picturesque buildings that the Burly Boy would surely be an unwelcome eyesore, and the thought of Mary Beth's store moving miles away is intolerable to the ladies of the club. Something has to be done.
What Annie uncovers in the attic, however, is a key that just so happens to match the metalwork features on a table at Mary Beth's, and what the two uncover next sets them on an adventure solving two-hundred year old puzzles, enduring break-ins and robbery, and setting a few traps of their own.
There are no murders here. In addition to the mystery, Dodson weaves family dynamics, potential romance, friendship, and the Hook and Needle Club's crafts into the story with well-executed flair. The Key in the Attic is the sixteenth Annie's Attic novel, but it stands alone very well. Dodson has also written the fourth book in the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is one of those rare and special books that's both entertaining and appropriate for all ages. In fact, my mom and daughter both read it and gave it a thumbs-up.
While some of Annie's Attic books are available on Amazon, The Key in the Attic is currently available at the Annie's Mysteries website (click here) or by calling their Customer Service number at (800) 282-6643 during business hours, M-F.
I received a copy of this book from the author. A positive review was neither promised nor expected in exchange.