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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
A young immigrant mother was murdered several decades ago, and her granddaughter wants to know the truth of her origins in the fascinating sleuth mystery novel, Past and Present (A Marketville Mystery Book 2) by Judy Penz Sheluk. After fulfilling the terms of her father's will, Calamity Barnstable sells the house she inherited and buys a residence zoned for business. Armed with the experience she accumulated in the process of executing her father's wishes, Callie moves into her new home and begins the novel venture of Past & Present Investigations. Callie and her friend Chantelle, a genealogist enthusiast, form a partnership and assemble a team consisting of a psychic, an antiques entrepreneur, and a retired librarian. Their goal is to find answers for those who have questions about their loved one's history. In a paradoxical twist, Callie's first client brings a case both literally and figuratively filled with mystery, murder, and ties to Callie's life. But can Callie set aside her own history and feelings and solve this case with equanimity?
Past and Present (A Marketville Mystery Book 2) by Judy Penz Sheluk is an irresistible sleuth mystery. I loved the premise of delving into the past and uncovering personal histories and family mysteries. I was hooked at the start and the story didn't disappoint. The main character's own familial secrets were intriguingly wrapped up within the plot and held me captivated. The only issue I had with the story was that I hadn't read the first book in the series, and therefore didn't understand the references to Callie's own history. That remained a mystery until the very end. Consequently, I recommend reading the first installment of the series before reading further. It is a fantastic sleuth mystery series, and everyone who is a fan of whodunits will enjoy it immensely.