We have all heard the term “Blonde Joke,” but never as a part of a plot to commit murder, at least not to this reader’s memory. Ms. Koch’s first book in the Dr. Barb Stark mystery series is delightful making fun (in a nice way) of those who think blondes might be dumb. For Barb Stark is anything, but dumb. She may be petite and blonde, but that is as far as it goes, though in this book she does try to utilize the dumb blonde idea to survive being murdered by a man intent on murdering his wife.
I will not be a spoiler so that is as much of the plot as this reader will tell you. Margaret Koch, is a masterful storyteller, she builds characters that you can love and those you can hate. You might even see some of yourself in her stories, human nature being what it is.
Each new book I read that is written by Margaret Koch, keeps me coming back for another. It holds me spellbound and entertained in a way that is new and different in a murder mystery. They are unlike any other ones I have read. Delightfully told stories that I can recommend even to those who don’t normally like a good mystery.