When the Acumen Incorporated relocates its corporate office to the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania, Justine Wallis isn’t happy, but a recent MBA with little job history in a tough economy doesn’t have many options. When her boss approaches her about participating in a corporate program that helps the newly transferred get to know Bumfordville, her participation isn’t really optional - not if she cares about her job. She expects to be bored to tears seeing the sights in Bumfordville. She isn’t expecting to find dead bodies.
Murder in Bumfordville, is a mystery with a reluctant amateur sleuth, Justine Wallis. Bumfordville is a town whose fortunes have changed overnight with the arrival of Acumen and an initial transfer-in of hundreds of corporate employees. The change is upsetting to both the townsfolk and the newcomers. Justine only wants to do her job well, and transfer back to the city to be with her friends and family, and all the things city life offers. Justine only knows a handful of folks in Bumfordville, and on her first weekend in town, she finds two of her new acquaintances murdered. Is she next? People are looking at her funny – there had never been a murder in Bumfordville before Justine got to town. Justine’s boss wants her to use her analytical ability to look for anomalies, to ask questions and look for answers, but it’s not easy. Everything in Bumfordville is weird to this city girl. Justine isn’t really sure why her boss wants her to snoop. Is it to stay ahead of the public relations curve, or is it to keep an Acumen secret? Is she helping the company, or is she helping the murderer? What secret is Bumfordville keeping? Declan Hicks, the young, inexperienced police chief, is in over his head desperately trying to prove himself to the town and Justine. The two race against the clock to prevent the next murder in Bumfordville.
- J.M. Haines, June 2012
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