Harrison Black's great-aunt Belle has died and left him her candle shop, At Wick's End. He knows nothing about candlemaking. She also left him River's Edge, the building that At Wick's End and other shops and businesses reside in, as well as her apartment on the 2nd floor.
Harrison has held many dead-end jobs and is happy to stop selling computers to begin a new chapter in his life.
It appears that Belle accidentally fell off a ladder. Eve, Belle's assistant and friend, does not know why Belle would have been on a ladder. She says that Belle was afraid of heights. So, Harrison begins to wonder if foul play could be involved. Then her apartment is broken into before he can even move in.
Eve begins teaching Harrison all about candlemaking and running the shop. Good thing because he has a very important client come in wanting classes who will only work with the proprietor.
Harrison starts looking into why someone would have wanted a harmless old lady dead. Everyone becomes a suspect until he can get to know them and find out if they have an alibi or motive. And believe me, there are some real characters to investigate.
Many things begin to happen. Some of them are good, but many of them are upsetting and or bad. To attempt to prove his theory, he has to put himself in danger.
The characters are well written and the plot is very well developed with plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing.
This is a great new series by Mr. Myers. I have always enjoyed his lighthouse series. This is a great new addition to the cozy mystery genre.
I highly recommend this book and can't wait to read about more escaped into candlemaking and sleuthing with Harrison!