Author Lorena McCourtney was kind enough to send me a couple of books in her Andi McConnell mystery series recently. In Your Chariot Awaits, we are introduced to this sassy sixty-year-old. The day Andi is made redundant from work and inherits a limouzeen from an eccentric old uncle with dodgy spelling, her boyfriend Jerry dumps her. Infuriated by Jerry and frustrated beyond measure, Andi grabs the nearest gardening implement to hand and chases him to his car. It’s only after she wallops the car and dints it that she realises she’s grabbed a shovel, rather than the ‘harmless’ broom she thought she’d grabbed. As Jerry hurriedly drives away, Andi is embarrassed that most of her neighbours have witnessed her losing it, including the obsessively nosey Tom Bolton who seems to have binoculars permanently attached to his face.
The next morning, Jerry’s body is found in the boot of the limousine and Andi finds herself the number one suspect in his murder enquiry.
Something has to be done and fast. So Andi hooks up with ex-television detective Fitz and together they set out on an exciting sleuthing adventure in an attempt to find the real murderer.
Your Chariot Awaits contains lots of twists and turns with plenty of humorous incidents and memorable characters from the neighbour’s dog Moose who has a craze for digging up Andi’s precious daisies to young Joella who unexpectedly gives birth in the back of the limo.
For anyone who enjoys ‘who dunnits’ this Christian murder mystery is a must read. I can heartily recommend this page-turning, well-paced story, and am looking forward to getting stuck into the next Andi McConnell book.