In his poem “Mending Wall,” Robert Frost wrote “Good fences make good neighbors.” At the beginning of A Pour Way to Dye, the soap-making Perkins family is at odds with jeweler Ernest Joy over a fence he has installed on their business property. Although their shops are close, the relationship the Perkins share with the Joys is not, and this fence is not a goodwill gesture. When Ben Perkins goes to Ernest Joy’s house to confront him, he is met by the police and an ambulance: Ernest has just been murdered – with a bar of soap from Where There’s Soap in his hand. Because of the conflict between the families and his proximity to the crime scene, Ben is the top suspect in the case. However, there are a few other people who Ben thinks should be examined: Joy’s greedy children, a vengeful, estranged wife, and an ex-con with whom Joy had been in cahoots. As Ben digs for clues to clear his name, he discovers the surprising murderer.
A Pour Way to Dye is Tim Myer’s second novel in the “Soapmaking Mystery” series.
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