In Hot Water – J.J. Cook

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4.5/5 New Fireboats

On The Back:

Stella Griffin should be bubbling over with joy now that she’s the full-time fire chief of Sweet Pepper, except trouble is brewing on her doorstep. An angry resident has purchased her cabin, and—with a bulldozer in tow—is ready to tear it down. But as Stella worries over the fate of her home and Eric, her ghostly roommate, there’s soon an even greater cause for alarm.

A suspicious house fire in the pricey Sunset Beach community at Sweet Pepper Lake claims the life of ex-state representative Barney Falk. The nature of the death has Stella feeling out of her depth, so she teams up with the state’s arson investigator. Moving full steam ahead with the case, they must smoke out a killer before the firebug strikes again…

My Thoughts:

A very good mystery with a hilarious ghost and an assorted crew of fun firefighters In Hot Water was, like the other books in this series, a winner!

Stella and Eric both showed some growth in this book. Before, Eric was very protective as Stella, and there were hints that, even though he was a ghost, he was falling for Stella. Though those hints are still there, Eric is less protective of Stella in this book, when it comes to her relationships. John is again back in this book, and I wish Stella would just stay with him, there is also a new love interest that appears named Rufus. I don’t know what it is about Rufus, but he just rubs me the wrong way.

The mystery was slightly above average, there were a few big clues that I could see when I looked back on the first areas of the book, but I still didn’t guess the killer(s) until a few paragraphs before they were exposed.

Overall a good book with a huge cliffhanger ending. I can’t wait for Sweet Pepper Hero coming in January of 2016!

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