This is one first-rate new cozy series! I've read some recently that were mediocre at best, but this one, along with another I read recently that had animals as a part of the tale, are very good. Clyde is an excellent, fully drawn character who is complex. Mac, the love interest, has substance and there appears to be no sign of the dreaded "triangle" anywhere here. The only character I have any trouble with is Vi. She is a busybody, but I guess we all have one or 2 of those in our lives. I had pegged the killer, but didn't have a clue as to why they did it until the story progressed. I'll definitely be in line for the next in this series. RECOMMEND!