Bridget O'Hern, a nonprofit consultant, goes to the Oregon coast to work a little and play a lot.  At least, that's her intention.  Her friend Bev Tilton, Oregon Coast Art League board member and B & B owner, wants Bridget to find out if the art league's executive director is embezzling funds.  Bridget has doubts about accepting the assignment, but the lure of free lodging provided by her friend during tourist season is too appealing.  Bridget is "seeking her bliss" since recovering from the tragic end of her twenty-three year marriage.  But in this instance, the road to bliss is littered...with a body.  Once again, as in DEATH STALKS THE KHMER, Bridget finds herself helping the investigating police.  In particular, she works with the interim police chief, Sam Alpern, who has his own dark history that he's overcoming.  That gives Sam and Bridget something in common besides the case.

DEATH COMES TOO SOON is the second book in the Bridget O'Hern mystery series.  Bridget first appeared in DEATH STALKS THE KHMER, when she is asked to help the police investigating the murders of a Cambodian (Khmer) refugee couple.  She is known and trusted by the refugee community, which  is stonewalling the police out of their fears left over from the Khmer Rouge days.  The story takes place near Seattle.
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Bridget O’Hern’s friend Bev Tilton talks her into coming to the Oregon coast to look into the local art league. Bev is afraid that the art league’s executive director is embezzling funds. Bridget is a nonprofit consultant, but she has doubts about taking on this assignment. The lure of free lodging in Bev’s bed and breakfast is too enticing. So, she goes.

Bridget is trying to heal from the end of her twenty-three-year marriage. What she gets is a dead friend, Bev. Bridget continues investigating the art league and trying to get information about who might have killed Bev. Interim police chief, Sam Alpern, is none too happy that she is investigating. Nothing will stop her. Not even when she finds herself in danger.

Can Bridget figure out what’s going on in the art league and who killed her friend without becoming a victim herself?

This is the first in this series that I’ve read. I really enjoyed it. Found it hard to put down. I can’t wait to read the next one. I loved the setting on the Oregon coast, too. Bridget is a likeable character and the people in this small town really added to the story. Sam Alpern is a great character, and I hope he’ll be in future books.

I highly recommend this book!

Dawn Dowdle