The Marquesa’s Necklace by P.J. MacLayne

Harmony Duprie enjoyed her well-ordered life in the quiet little town of Oak Grove—until her arrest for drug trafficking. Cleared of all charges, she wants nothing more than to return to the uneventful lifestyle of a historical researcher she once savored.

But when her beloved old car “George” is stolen and explodes into a ball of flames, it sets off a series of events that throws her plans into turmoil. Toss in a police detective that may or may not be interested in her, an attractive but mysterious stranger on her trail, and an ex-boyfriend doing time, and Harmony’s life freefalls into a downward spiral of chaos.

Now she has to use her research skills to figure out who is behind the sinister incidents plaguing her, and why. And she better take it seriously, like her life depends upon finding the right answers.

Because it might.

What a great, clean cozy mystery this is!! An unassuming researcher who helps authors (prior to that she was a librarian) made one major mistake–she fell for the wrong guy! Although she was exonerated from any wrong doing–someone is out to get her–her old car is fire bombed and she is being followed and all kinds of strange things and people start to come into her prior very quiet and serene life! Can she, with the help of some rather wacky characters figure out who is behind all this and why? And that necklace that she wore for exactly an hour–can she figure out where her ex hid it before she is murdered?

I read this one straight through-it was really good–I have no idea where I saw this first but I am certainly glad I took a chance and bought it–now I have to go look into Book #2!! by Amazon Reviewer MikiHope