A Body in the Backyard is the fourth Myrtle Clover Mystery by Elizabeth Spann Craig.
Summary (from Wattpad)
It’s just an ordinary day for octogenarian sleuth Myrtle Clover—until her yardman discovers a dead body planted in her backyard. This death isn’t cut and dried—the victim was bashed in the head with one of Myrtle’s garden gnomes.
Myrtle’s friend Miles recognizes the body and identifies him as Charles Clayborne… reluctantly admitting he’s a cousin. Charles wasn’t the sort of relative you bragged about—he was a garden variety sleaze, which is very likely why he ended up murdered. As Myrtle starts digging up dirt to nip the killings in the bud, someone’s focused on scaring her off the case. Myrtle vows to find the murderer…before she’s pushing up daisies, herself.
This precognition was an irritating thing. It made you feel like you were always one-step behind.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and the first in the Myrtle Clover Mysteries that I have read. And, I can say I really enjoyed this cosy mystery. Myrtle Clover is an entertaining sleuth. She reminds me a little of Miss Marple as she is always popping up everywhere, but unlike Miss Marple, Myrtle is so much more proactive when it comes to finding the evidence she needs to solve the case.
Myrtle is a fantastic sleuth determined to get to the bottom of the case before her son, Bradley’s chief of police, Red does. Red is an interesting character. Professionally he doesn’t want his mother to interfere with a murder inquiry. Personally he is worried about her, and thinks at her age she should be living in a retirement home.
There were other entertaining characters in this story also: Wanda the psychic and her brother, Crazy Dan, her neighbour, Miles, and Pasha the feral cat (one of my favourites). I liked how the other characters interacted with Myrtle, their opinions varying from a nosy old lady to a vulnerable OAP, from the stern teacher who taught them over thirty years ago to the crank gnome collector.
This gentle-paced cosy mysteries was a fun, quick read. I will definitely be reading more of the Myrtle Clover Mysteries, maybe even before this month is out.