“Murder Under a Silver Moon” by Abigail Keam


Abigail Keam
Worker Bee Press (2020)
ISBN 9781732974364
Reviewed by Jill Rey for Reader Views (08/2020)

“Murder Under A Silver Moon” is the fourth book in the Mona Moon Mystery series.  Successfully reading as a standalone, this cozy, historical mystery is a read that simply entertains.

Author Abigail Keam’s own mother was Appalachian and the author herself continues to live along the Kentucky River, so it is unsurprising the seamless transition the author makes in dropping the reader successfully into this region of Kentucky as we follow Mona Moon’s recent adventure.  Set in the 1930s against the backdrop of the depression, readers are given several Easter eggs of familiar events of these times, such as the uprising of Hitler, hopes for a highway system, the Lindbergh baby and more.

This series gives readers a strong female character that doesn’t let the remarks about her regal white poodle deter her, a fact that immediately drew me to this book as my own poodle rests nearby.  Despite Mona’s riches her goodness and caring spirit remain at the core of her values, a combination of traits that shine throughout this book. However, if you are one that judges a book by its cover you may be led astray because while the cover seems to portray a simplistic pink and fur coated woman, it fails to capture the lighthearted, but no less entertaining, and at times funny, murder mystery taking place in the wilderness of Kentucky within. 

This short, quick, lighthearted read does not lack in thrills, excitement and, as previously mentioned, humor.  But, what really caught my attention was that at a time when readers are being bombarded with books surrounding the Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and the Fugate “blue” families, books such as “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes and “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson, Keam’s “Murder Under A Silver Moon” seems almost at home with these noteworthy novels, albeit in a more buoyant, carefree and upbeat way.

Mona and her majestic poodle, Chloe, provide a short but entertaining escape to Kentucky in the 1930s. Sprinkled with several distinguished, real life events it is easy for the reader to quickly feel at ease in the environment set for them as they gallop alongside Mona and crew through the Kentucky wilderness in search of silver.

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