Quaint coastal town reveals dark side in ‘Plaster and Poison’

Posted May 30, 2010, at 11:10 p.m.

PLASTER AND POISON, by Jennie Bentley, Berkeley Prime Crime, New York, 2010, paperback, 294 pages, $7.99.

Bentley returns with the third book in her mystery series set in the quaint coastal Maine town of Waterfield.

In “Plaster and Poison,” transplanted New York interior designer Avery Baker and her local hunky handyman boyfriend, Derek, are rushing to transform a friend’s carriage house into a love nest for her and her future hubby, the chief of police.

But things slow down considerably when they discover a body in the middle of their project.

Shortly after that, a relative of Derek’s goes missing. And what do these incidents have to do with the unsolved hit-and-run from the summer?

Bentley has done an admirable job of capturing the feel of small-town coastal Maine in her books, even if Waterfield proves to be as dangerous as Cabot Cove ever was.

“Plaster and Poison” (which includes home design tips) will keep readers absorbed right up to Bentley’s finishing touches, which mark this project as complete.