Everyone knows that foxes have a great sense of smell, so it’s no surprise that vulpine Vera Vixon can sniff out a mystery a mile away. Her boss at the newspaper wants her to cover the campaign for town Police Chief, but Vera begs off, being that she’s dating one of the candidates, Orville Braun. Instead, her attentions are turned to the Springfield family of silver mining fame. Matriarch Adora has died, and the town has come to pay their respects, only daughter-in-law Dorothy claims that her husband has been murdered, despite hubby Edward being in plain sight. This latest cozy mystery is filled with everything that makes the Shady Hollow series a delight – charmingly eccentric characters, a surfeit of animal puns and clever turns of phrase, homey locales (I dream of a slice of pumpkin pie from Joe’s Mug), and a compelling story.
— Daniel Goldin
Natalie Hunt drove down Route 66 to college in Arizona, away from her tainted Midwest childhood, and left her past self in the rearview mirror. She introduced herself as Finn, her middle name, tried on a few different ways of living, and by chance became the nanny to a U.S. Senator's four-year-old granddaughter. Amabel is precocious and lovable. As Senator Martin's son and daughter-in-law, Ammy's parents have successful and carefully managed lives with just the right public facade, but Finn isn't the only one with a hidden past. Ammy is convinced that a young woman is following her, and so begins the possibility that everyone's cover will unravel and expose the humanity behind the stainless persona. I was absorbed by this novel, by its quick start and strong pace, and I like the way Dimberg uses politics as the context for people's lives without letting political issues become a distraction. The characters are well developed, Finn having a bold determination to find the truth mixed with a lot of self doubt. Her mutual attraction with Amabel's father Philip is a subtle but important element of the story, never becoming a nanny stereotype. Above all, the tragedies and the suspense moved me. Deeply. I truly look forward to Dimberg's next work!
— Tim McCarthy
Finn Hunt has landed a job made for a young woman who doesn’t know what to do with her life – nanny to a wealthy Phoenix family, whose patriarch is in the midst of a heated election battle. Amabel is the family treasure, the energetic little girl who was born to Philip, the Senator’s Son, and his wife Marina. So why is Finn so disturbed by the stranger who appears at the amusement park? Could she have a premonition that this family has a pile of secrets covered up? Or is she worried about the skeletons in her own past? As Finn struggles to make sense of it all, she is caught between the catnip lure of old money and respectability, her primal instincts, and her (sometimes askew) sense of truth and justice. A twisty thriller with a heroine you’ll love or hate – or maybe a bit of both.
— Daniel Goldin