This gentle and deceptive book tends to grow on the reader. Although it probably would help to read the books in the order they were written, to better pick up on the characters and their lives, the author does an excellent job of bringing you up-to-date with them, rather quickly.
Leigh Koslow is a very ordinary sort of woman of today; approaching thirty, no steady guy, her own rather new business--and a mother. Lucky girl, her mother is a twin, and there is even another aunt, Bess Cogley. The three sisters are as different from each other as it's possible to be, and thus exert strange influences over Leigh as she tries to live her life.
When Leigh is awakened by a call from the local hospital advising that Aunt Bess is in their custody and would like a visit from her niece, the fun begins. Aunt Bess, dressed as a biker chick, suffering from smoke inhalation and a broken ankle, has another visitor when Leigh arrives--the minister from Bess's church.
Through a wide variety of clever ideas and suggestions, plus some not-so-clever, Bess and Leigh set out to investigate the background of Pastor Humphrey, whom Bess suspects is really a very clever con artist. Winding through the story are the members of Leigh's family and their assorted pets, plus the members of the church, and a former class-mate who might prove to be her soul-mate, if she can sort out her feelings quickly enough.
The minister disappears, and is eventually found--in the storage freezer at the animal shelter. Suspicion falls first on one person, then another, until finally, with a few surprises thrown in, the death is ruled natural. Other surprises follow, including an epilogue which attempts to explain some of the things that have happened. It seemed more like a short story appended to the book for the sole purpose of tying up loose ends. However, it didn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the book, at least to this reader.