Shots in the Dark (Mack's Bar Mystery, #4)by Allyson K. Abbott

Published July 26th 2016 by Kensington

4.5 Stars

Synopsis: For Mack and her barfly allies, solving homicides calls for equal parts instinct and wit. To strain out a crafty criminal, the mixture has got to be absolutely perfect . . .
It’s a week before Christmas, but Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is hardly in good spirits. Chilled to the core by the murder of bouncer Gary Gunderson, Mack is determined to use her extra perceptive senses to identify the gunman responsible. Did Gary’s patchy past brew up some fatal trouble, or could his death be linked to a series of cryptic letters concocted by Mack’s anonymous adversary? With a second case to crack, innocent lives at stake, and a media frenzy in their midst, Mack and her barstool detectives have little time to mull over the grim details–especially when clues lead dangerously close to home . . .
Includes drink recipes

My Review: Shots in the Dark featuring Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is the fourth book in this series. Even though I read it out of order, I am really enjoying it. I would recommend that you read this series in order though. Mack’s unusual “talents” (synesthesia)are very unique in detecting and crime solving as well as it being a very interesting condition. The main storyline is continued from previous book with her bartender/bouncer Gary being killed in the previous book.

With only a week before Christmas Mack is caught up in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. The letter writer is still sending Mack “clues” to solve a puzzle. The threat of someone close to her dying if she fails to solve the puzzle in time, has her on edge. With many of her friends and members of The Capone Club, not knowing that they might be in danger, Mack, Mal, Duncan, and a few of her closest friends are trying desperately to solve the mystery of who the letter writer is before someone else is killed. Along with this, The Capone Club is asked to look into a murder that has been adjudicated. The sister of the convicted man is sure that her brother did not kill his wife and wants them to prove it! This case has a dark and disturbing side to it when it is solved. I had a feeling about the situation, but the culprit escaped me until the end.

The author has created a wonderful cast of characters that are quirky and lovable. This story was fast paced and kept me reading many times when I had other things to do. Once again, this book ended with a cliff hanger that left me wanting more! My only problem with this is that by the time the next book comes out, I will have forgotten some of what is happening in the story. I think this is a fantastic series and I am waiting anxiously for the next book in the series. A definite read for cozy mystery lovers and even those who enjoy an old fashioned mystery with a twist. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.