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Finally, Lacey Washburn is ready for the grand opening celebration for the Aspen Valley Inn. Everything is perfect except for two problems. First,the dead man at the bottom of the stairs actually died seven years ago. Second, Lacey had sworn off men forever so why is she so interested in the handsome sheriff investigating the murder. This is a novella of approximately 25,0 Finally, Lacey Washburn is ready for the grand opening celebration for the Aspen Valley Inn. Everything is perfect except for two problems. First,the dead man at the bottom of the stairs actually died seven years ago. Second, Lacey had sworn off men forever so why is she so interested in the handsome sheriff investigating the murder. This is a novella of approximately 25,000 words and the first book in the Aspen Valley Inn Series. A beautiful Colorado location, interesting characters and just enough love and murder.


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Finally, Lacey Washburn is ready for the grand opening celebration for the Aspen Valley Inn. Everything is perfect except for two problems. First,the dead man at the bottom of the stairs actually died seven years ago. Second, Lacey had sworn off men forever so why is she so interested in the handsome sheriff investigating the murder. This is a novella of approximately 25,0 Finally, Lacey Washburn is ready for the grand opening celebration for the Aspen Valley Inn. Everything is perfect except for two problems. First,the dead man at the bottom of the stairs actually died seven years ago. Second, Lacey had sworn off men forever so why is she so interested in the handsome sheriff investigating the murder. This is a novella of approximately 25,000 words and the first book in the Aspen Valley Inn Series. A beautiful Colorado location, interesting characters and just enough love and murder.

30 review for Death Checks Inn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A fluffy murder mystery cozy with romance that is novelette length and perfect to while away a few hours without taxing the brain too much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Magda Żmijan

    I always have doubts while starting new free read. I've read few good one, but most of them were a disappointment. I'd like to say this one started well, and maybe for the first few pages I actually though it will be ok, not a great read, but entertaining enough. Unfortunately, there was one thing that made this read rather boring - the very dry language in which it was written. Fact, after Fact, after fact and not much feeling. A heavy case of "tell, don't show" which is never good. There was ev I always have doubts while starting new free read. I've read few good one, but most of them were a disappointment. I'd like to say this one started well, and maybe for the first few pages I actually though it will be ok, not a great read, but entertaining enough. Unfortunately, there was one thing that made this read rather boring - the very dry language in which it was written. Fact, after Fact, after fact and not much feeling. A heavy case of "tell, don't show" which is never good. There was even a sentence starting with the word "next". Like, you know: "She went down the stairs. Next, she picked up her keys." No, it's not a quote I don't intend to search for that fragment, I just wanted to give you an idea. Somehow it doesn't seem right to me to use this kind of sentences in non-scientific books. They should be reserved for step-by-step instructions. Or am I wrong here? Anyway, the mystery itself was rather interesting contrary to the characters. It had a great potential if it was only written in a more interesting way. check out my book blog for more reviews and other bookish talks: https://maginibooks.wordpress.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rich Meyer

    This book is quite simply an amateurish mess. First, there's not much of a chance that the reader can deduce who the killer is, since there aren't any real clues given. Strike one. Second, far far too much space is given to completely pointless and needless description. It's all tell and no show. Strike two. Thirdly, there's no logic to anything: Normally, an investigating officer doesn't allow himself to fall madly in love during a murder investigation. Batter out. Side retired. All the bad wri This book is quite simply an amateurish mess. First, there's not much of a chance that the reader can deduce who the killer is, since there aren't any real clues given. Strike one. Second, far far too much space is given to completely pointless and needless description. It's all tell and no show. Strike two. Thirdly, there's no logic to anything: Normally, an investigating officer doesn't allow himself to fall madly in love during a murder investigation. Batter out. Side retired. All the bad writing clichés are here: The telling of what's going on rather than showing it with character action. Cardboard characters with no personality. No rationales for motivations. Head-hopping in the middle of a story sequence. And story clichvs that make the clichés of the construction look mild by comparison. It's like the author read a bunch of quaint mystery novels, the broad creative swatches from them all, using only the most mundane and most dull bits. And losing all the quaintness, all the fun, all the character-driven essences in the process. And Death Checks Inn is guilty of the worst crime of all in a detective novel: It is boring. It was a veritable chore to finish, even speed-reading. As a reader, you want the killer to finish off ALL the people you encounter in the story, and then commit suicide for being so dreadfully dull. I love series detective and mystery fiction. I'll read most anything, but I can pretty much guarantee I'll never read another one of this author's books. I'd love to give it no stars, or a fraction of a single one to drive the point home, but, alas, a one-star is as low as it'll go.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    I was able to figure out who done it but not why in this short mystery featuring a B & B owner. A romance gets started as the two sisters open their new business venture and encounter a man who has died twice according to one of their guests. It was interesting and fairly short.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Deserthomemaker

    1.5 stars. The murder mystery portion of the book was... Okay, I guess, although I thought it pretty obvious who did it. The romance portion of the storyline was of the eye rolling, ridiculous, insta-love variety. The writing was flat, and serves as a good example of telling instead of showing. There were several situations that would have worked in a story set at a private residence, but not an inn. There were no glaringly obvious grammatical errors in the edition I read though, so that was a p 1.5 stars. The murder mystery portion of the book was... Okay, I guess, although I thought it pretty obvious who did it. The romance portion of the storyline was of the eye rolling, ridiculous, insta-love variety. The writing was flat, and serves as a good example of telling instead of showing. There were several situations that would have worked in a story set at a private residence, but not an inn. There were no glaringly obvious grammatical errors in the edition I read though, so that was a positive. The first book, and as far as I’m concerned, the last, of a series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    Amateurish! I liked the basic premise and looked forward to reading it but I was very disappointed. The first several chapters, instead of setting up the plot, dealt with the main character rhapsodizing over her precious inn and repeating herself. I was sick of hearing about the event center planned before the story had even started. The plot as well as the characters were very one dimensional and plot points kept happening with nothing to tie them together. And what was with the romance? It adv Amateurish! I liked the basic premise and looked forward to reading it but I was very disappointed. The first several chapters, instead of setting up the plot, dealt with the main character rhapsodizing over her precious inn and repeating herself. I was sick of hearing about the event center planned before the story had even started. The plot as well as the characters were very one dimensional and plot points kept happening with nothing to tie them together. And what was with the romance? It advanced way too quickly and fell very flat. I also got tired of the way the story moves around from being first person when it was the main character to jumping to random thoughts or sentences from other characters. Quite often, I found myself rereading a passage to discern whom was actually talking (or thinking as the case may be!). I had expected a light read with a diverting mystery and possibly a hint of romance. What I got was atrocious grammar, a flat story devoid of plot or believable characters and a wasted hour. If I'm able to jump over several chapters because I'm so bored I can't stand it, to the last few chapters (just to see what happened) but not get confused because hey, I should have missed plot points along the way, that's very sad indeed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Gibson

    I love a mystery, but really didn't enjoy this. It read a little bit like bad fan fiction with the author having shoe horned a version of themselves into a murder mystery story. The lead character was pretty much free of flaws making her rather dull, the romance was rushed and inexplicable, and more time was spent talking about the workings of the hotel, how perfect the hotel was, how good at running a hotel the lead character is, how many chocolates you get on your pillow in the hotel, the colo I love a mystery, but really didn't enjoy this. It read a little bit like bad fan fiction with the author having shoe horned a version of themselves into a murder mystery story. The lead character was pretty much free of flaws making her rather dull, the romance was rushed and inexplicable, and more time was spent talking about the workings of the hotel, how perfect the hotel was, how good at running a hotel the lead character is, how many chocolates you get on your pillow in the hotel, the colour of the curtains in the hotel, and the ambient temperature in the hotel; than was spent building suspense, discovering clues, and trying to reveal a murder. Not a fan

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lori Henrich

    This is a great first in a series about a bed & breakfast inn. Lacey and her sister Charlotte run this establishment. Lacey lives on site and her sister rents a home near by. The Grand Opening party goes off without a hitch and her first guest arrive. Early the next morning Lacey is awoken by screams and comes to discover a body at the bottom of the stairs. The dead man turns out to be the husband of one of her guests, but he supposedly died 5 years ago. In walks Sheriff Wyatt and takes control This is a great first in a series about a bed & breakfast inn. Lacey and her sister Charlotte run this establishment. Lacey lives on site and her sister rents a home near by. The Grand Opening party goes off without a hitch and her first guest arrive. Early the next morning Lacey is awoken by screams and comes to discover a body at the bottom of the stairs. The dead man turns out to be the husband of one of her guests, but he supposedly died 5 years ago. In walks Sheriff Wyatt and takes control of not only the crime but also Lacey's heart. Very well woven and even though it was on the short side I can really see this being a great series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mystereity Reviews

    I think with some polish and editing, this could be a cute series. The characters were likeable and the plot was intriguing. That being said, it reads like a first draft, not a finished work. The writing was disjointed and choppy, there were few clues to help the reader solve the murder (although I figured out the who fairly early on. With so few suspects, it was easy to narrow down.) The romance came on a bit strong, it could've used a little more subtlety to add more dimension to the book. Inst I think with some polish and editing, this could be a cute series. The characters were likeable and the plot was intriguing. That being said, it reads like a first draft, not a finished work. The writing was disjointed and choppy, there were few clues to help the reader solve the murder (although I figured out the who fairly early on. With so few suspects, it was easy to narrow down.) The romance came on a bit strong, it could've used a little more subtlety to add more dimension to the book. Instead, the main character was going at it like a drunk at last call. Overall, there are wrinkles that, if ironed out, could turn this book into a a great start to a new series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cornflakefrontiernet.net

    Great read Very interesting. Love the main characters. Simple yet powerful. Great story line. Fast paced, and well worth it. Would read more from this author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Interesting This book was a good read ! I enjoyed this book

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dallass

    Insta-love is not my cup of tea This had potential. There was a good basic storyline, a great plot twist thrown in, and the main characters had interesting backstories... but it was ruined IMO but the overt (and very cliche) insta-love plot device. 2 stars ⭐️

  13. 5 out of 5

    Guy Priel

    Very good premiere. Looking forward to more of this series. Great author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nolina Beauchamp

    The mystery part was solid, but the romance seemed very forced.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bumbershootbears

    Very little character or story development. Fast read, but could hardly wait for it to be over.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Will review later

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kavita

    This book is supposedly a “murder mystery” set in an American inn in Colorado. But that is a misnomer because the book starts off with a couple of grown women drooling at the sight of any man and wondering about marriage even before they are introduced. Murder no. 1 happens in chapter 5, and then the female protagonist moons on and on and on and on and ... about the detective in charge of the case, but at the same time also finds time to wonder about the single status of every other man she enco This book is supposedly a “murder mystery” set in an American inn in Colorado. But that is a misnomer because the book starts off with a couple of grown women drooling at the sight of any man and wondering about marriage even before they are introduced. Murder no. 1 happens in chapter 5, and then the female protagonist moons on and on and on and on and ... about the detective in charge of the case, but at the same time also finds time to wonder about the single status of every other man she encounters. Then in chapter 15, there is another murder. There is zero story development and nobody gives a shit about the murder between chapters 5 and 15, only a stupid woman wondering about her stupid romance with a stupid man in this extremely stupid book. Story development: A big zero, as explained above. It simply does not move from one place to the other and is stuck with Lacey being in love with Walter, whom she, by the way, has just met at the scene of the crime! The “romance” moves too fast from meeting for the first time on day one to pouring out professional secrets on day two to anticipating lifelong special relationship on day 3. And the plot has more holes than a Swiss cheese. How does crazy woman eavesdrop on Lacey's phone? How does crazy woman know anything about where the victim will go next? How does the crazy woman get into the highly secure inn? Character development: Minus infinity. Lacey has a sister who is supposed to be part of the story, but all she does is size up all the available (and unavailable) men to check out who is suitable for her sister. There is a body lying in the foyer, but really, who cares? It’s more important to find the right man, innit? Walter is a police officer with ten years of experience in crime and goes to investigate a murder and immediately afterwards is pouring out all the details to Lacey, whom he had just met five minutes before, because ooohhh, he fell in love. I can’t imagine his track record is any good! Then there is Handyman Dan whose basic function apart from handymanning is to think of Lacey as “his” in an obsessively creepy manner. Of course, Ms Sister also eyes his suitability for Lacey. Can’t let any man alone, can we now? Lacey herself is just boring and does nothing except well ... see above. There are guests at the inn who barely figure in the book even though they should technically be suspects and their backgrounds and actions explored in detail. Adding to this mess is horrible punctuation, bad spelling and senseless grammar. I would not recommend an editor for this book. I recommend it be thrown in the fire.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jill Durham

    Author Sara Robbins introduces readers to a cast of rich, believable characters in the cozy mystery book Death Checks Inn. The reader is quickly wrapped up in the lives of the people of Elksville, Colorado a fictitious town set against the beauty of Pikes Peak and in the day-to- day challenges of renovating and opening the Aspen Valley Inn. Lacey Washburn attempts to succeed in a new phase of her life by opening the Aspen Valley Inn with the help of her sister Charlotte. At one time, Lacey was s Author Sara Robbins introduces readers to a cast of rich, believable characters in the cozy mystery book Death Checks Inn. The reader is quickly wrapped up in the lives of the people of Elksville, Colorado a fictitious town set against the beauty of Pikes Peak and in the day-to- day challenges of renovating and opening the Aspen Valley Inn. Lacey Washburn attempts to succeed in a new phase of her life by opening the Aspen Valley Inn with the help of her sister Charlotte. At one time, Lacey was successful in both her personal and professional life. However, a broken relationship and the loss of a job have her rebuilding her life and attempting to find peace and happiness. On the opening night of the inn, a man is found murdered inside the inn with all of the doors locked and suddenly all of the guests become suspects. Will the third time for Lacey be the charm or will it be a strike out? The author keeps readers interested by adding new and intriguing characters and plots as the search for the murderer takes place. Lacey continues to struggle with building her business during a murder investigation and to meet the needs of the guest staying at Aspen Valley. The possibility of a romance begins to develop and Lacey is unsure after her past experience whether or not she is ready or able to deal with it at the present time. This was one of the most enjoyable books that I have had the pleasure of reading in recent history. Thinking of myself as a junior detective, I attempt to solve the murder in any book that I am reading long before the ending of the book. However, with this book, each time I “solved” the murder, new clues would arise to prove me wrong. I also enjoyed how the author, through her well-written words and descriptions, enabled me to imagine myself among the guests at the inn or hiking one of the trails up to Pike’s Peak. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. This well written book held my interest to the point that I finished it in one day, which is unusual for me. This book will appeal to the interests of readers of several different genres including cozy mystery, romance, and suspense. Readers will want to continue their relationship with the characters in the book by reading books two and three of the series as I plan to do very soon. As Ms. Robbins has written many other series, I feel that the reader can form a long-term relationship with an excellent author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    A free book that I only read until the end as its so short. It's truly awful. - what else can I say? A free book that I only read until the end as its so short. It's truly awful. - what else can I say?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    A summary of this book is not even really in order. The theory behind the book was good and the description to get you to read the book was good...the book itself...yeah, not so much. The summary written to get you "suckered" in to read the book did just that for me. It sounded like a great tale of mystery with some romance twisted in to the bottom line. I found a few things wrong with this book, which surprised me being that it was a shorter read. First off, and perhaps most annoying, were all A summary of this book is not even really in order. The theory behind the book was good and the description to get you to read the book was good...the book itself...yeah, not so much. The summary written to get you "suckered" in to read the book did just that for me. It sounded like a great tale of mystery with some romance twisted in to the bottom line. I found a few things wrong with this book, which surprised me being that it was a shorter read. First off, and perhaps most annoying, were all the typos I found. Normally I would not make a big deal about this, but there were so many that it became a type of "game" for me to see how many were upcoming in my read. However, I can't justify my opinion as it being a book horrible or unlikable book just because of spelling errors and such. I could have gotten over them if the book would have blown my socks off. I just didn't get that either. It seemed that they mystery was underlying the romance part of the book. Now, perhaps I looked at the summary wrong and that was the way it was supposed to be, but even so, when I see a romantic suspense type book I expect a bit more suspense than was given in this book. Even though this was a very short read, I found it to just draw out for me. I am not sure if it was just me, or it really was the book. I can say this, the characters were decent, but they would not be near enough to make me want to read on in this series. I will not be a future reader of this series. 3/5 Stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    I don't like to write bad reviews, so usually I don't write reviews of the books I didn't enjoy. For some reason, I'm making exception today. I liked the idea , the base of the story, new bed & breakfast, murder on the first night, Innkeeper falling in love with the new sheriff , while they are investigating the murder. But the writing was a bit off, even amateurish if I may say so. The story is great example of 'don't tell, show us'. There were so many insignificant details in the story, and then I don't like to write bad reviews, so usually I don't write reviews of the books I didn't enjoy. For some reason, I'm making exception today. I liked the idea , the base of the story, new bed & breakfast, murder on the first night, Innkeeper falling in love with the new sheriff , while they are investigating the murder. But the writing was a bit off, even amateurish if I may say so. The story is great example of 'don't tell, show us'. There were so many insignificant details in the story, and then repeating the useless information again and again, that it became a game for me to tally them off ('how many times will there be a mention of the event center, build in later date'). A good editing would have fixed this . The point of view on the story was changing constantly, without any warning or indication, this is confusing with the reader, especially when the story is jumping from one person's thoughts to another one's. Because there was so much telling, and no showing, the story felt flat, I didn't get any connection to the story, not to the fear and terror of the murders, nor the romance or appeal of the different characters . Yes, this story left lot to be desired, so just two spoons for it. Review originally published at http://booksandspoons.weebly.com/book...

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    In a rush to open her new bed and breakfast, Lacey Washburn worked tirelessly. Renovation costs were rising, time was of the essence and any further delays would have been disastrous. With the opening day a success, Lacey went to bed with a sigh of relief, never expecting to have a murder occur that same night. The new sheriff of Peak County, Wyatt Graves caught her eye but his wedding ring signaled “hands off” for Lacey. New to the area, Wyatt knew he needed help and obviously Lacey's business In a rush to open her new bed and breakfast, Lacey Washburn worked tirelessly. Renovation costs were rising, time was of the essence and any further delays would have been disastrous. With the opening day a success, Lacey went to bed with a sigh of relief, never expecting to have a murder occur that same night. The new sheriff of Peak County, Wyatt Graves caught her eye but his wedding ring signaled “hands off” for Lacey. New to the area, Wyatt knew he needed help and obviously Lacey's business relied on a quick resolution, he was confident working together would be mutually beneficial. Lacey learned in their conversations Wyatt's ring would not be a hindrance after all. Nicely paced with twenty-six short chapters, “Death Checks Inn” gave time for a fuller development of some of the characters and their interactions. The variety of characters kept the story moving, the writing emphasized the drool-worthy food and comforting environment. A deepen connection and community warmth added to this relaxing read. However, I felt the cozy mystery was almost non-existent and the overly sweet romance dominated the book. It lacked the intrigue and suspense expected in a murder mystery. A free download from Amazon was the basis for my review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Another freebie from Amazon. This is more a romance than a mystery... The mystery is week and the "love at first sight" romance is hard to buy. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... Another freebie from Amazon. This is more a romance than a mystery... The mystery is week and the "love at first sight" romance is hard to buy. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It had earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    I got this book whilst it was free on Amazon. Its novella length meant that a depth of characterisation wasn’t great but the story didn’t drag on either. There’s only one thing I’d say against it and it is rather spoilerish as it deals with the end of the book: (view spoiler)[ I found the murder’s identity and motive impossible to guess from the clues in the book so it seem to me to come out of left field however given the novella length constraints that is perhaps understandable. (hide spoiler) I got this book whilst it was free on Amazon. Its novella length meant that a depth of characterisation wasn’t great but the story didn’t drag on either. There’s only one thing I’d say against it and it is rather spoilerish as it deals with the end of the book: (view spoiler)[ I found the murder’s identity and motive impossible to guess from the clues in the book so it seem to me to come out of left field however given the novella length constraints that is perhaps understandable. (hide spoiler)] Overall I enjoyed the premise of a murder mystery in a mountain lodge, I enjoyed the story as it moved on at a decent clip and didn’t get bogged down and I liked the characters. Recommended for a quick read for cozy mystery fans.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I was disappointed in this book. The plot and the mystery were good and the characters were ok, but I felt that the narration and dialogue were not up to the challenge of the story. Sometimes the narrative read more like a newspaper report than the intriguing suspense story that it was supposed to be. The romance was of course totally predictable from the moment the male character entered the story. And there were many distracting editing errors. Overall, I think the outline of the book was good I was disappointed in this book. The plot and the mystery were good and the characters were ok, but I felt that the narration and dialogue were not up to the challenge of the story. Sometimes the narrative read more like a newspaper report than the intriguing suspense story that it was supposed to be. The romance was of course totally predictable from the moment the male character entered the story. And there were many distracting editing errors. Overall, I think the outline of the book was good and had lots of potential, but the final product was disappointing. I don't think I will be looking for future books in the series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Aikens

    Decent But Not Believable As an avid mystery reader I enjoy finding new series and new characters and settings to experience. This one started out promising enough but I found y that it left me cold in a couple of ways. First of the love interest was a bit too easy, and I didn't find it satisfying or believable. More importantly there weren't any good clues as to what was really going on, and very little in the way of mood or tension. To be fair I did enjoy the interaction between the sisters, and Decent But Not Believable As an avid mystery reader I enjoy finding new series and new characters and settings to experience. This one started out promising enough but I found y that it left me cold in a couple of ways. First of the love interest was a bit too easy, and I didn't find it satisfying or believable. More importantly there weren't any good clues as to what was really going on, and very little in the way of mood or tension. To be fair I did enjoy the interaction between the sisters, and the setting was often sketched out in vivid detail. This was a decent short piece, but I doubt that I'll be picking up any more of the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This was a really fun cozy mystery novella. I liked the characters and enjoyed the setting and though Robbins crafted an interesting and intriguing plot. My biggest complaint was that the beginning seemed a little rocky--I felt like she told me the same information several times about opening the inn with her sister and planning to expand but they had to wait. Once would have been enough. But that annoyance wasn't enough to take away my delight in the story itself and in the full round of charac This was a really fun cozy mystery novella. I liked the characters and enjoyed the setting and though Robbins crafted an interesting and intriguing plot. My biggest complaint was that the beginning seemed a little rocky--I felt like she told me the same information several times about opening the inn with her sister and planning to expand but they had to wait. Once would have been enough. But that annoyance wasn't enough to take away my delight in the story itself and in the full round of characters we met in the town. I look forward to reading more of this series and getting to know some of the characters better and (hopefully) watching some relationships develop.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    If I could use two words to describe this book it would be: verbose and amateurish. The characters were wooden and one-dimensional. The plot predictable and rather silly. The love story- trite. In all, it definitely seemed like a first-time writer publishing her very first novel. There could be potential with refinement and more work on crafting her characters. Since it's kind of difficult to actually find anything out about the author, I can't tell if this was actually her first novel or not. If I could use two words to describe this book it would be: verbose and amateurish. The characters were wooden and one-dimensional. The plot predictable and rather silly. The love story- trite. In all, it definitely seemed like a first-time writer publishing her very first novel. There could be potential with refinement and more work on crafting her characters. Since it's kind of difficult to actually find anything out about the author, I can't tell if this was actually her first novel or not.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    More romance than cozy mystery I like cozy mysteries and I like romance novels, what I didn't like was that this story seemed to have an identity crisis. Where was the sleuthing that is supposed to be part of a cozy? I also didn't like how the characters always seemed to know the deepest feelings of the other characters whom they just met. I found myself asking, How does he know that is how she feels. But the characters are likable. I would like them better if classified as romance stories and no More romance than cozy mystery I like cozy mysteries and I like romance novels, what I didn't like was that this story seemed to have an identity crisis. Where was the sleuthing that is supposed to be part of a cozy? I also didn't like how the characters always seemed to know the deepest feelings of the other characters whom they just met. I found myself asking, How does he know that is how she feels. But the characters are likable. I would like them better if classified as romance stories and not mysteries however.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I thought this setting and sleuth were a great idea for a mystery series. I liked the main character as much as I could, considering that she was as under-developed as the rest of the characters in the book. The big problems here are one-dimensional writing and a constant shifting of point-of-view. One minute the main character is in charge; then, with no warning we get a couple of paragraphs from the sister's point of view, then the cop, and back again. Overall, the idea for the book has merit I thought this setting and sleuth were a great idea for a mystery series. I liked the main character as much as I could, considering that she was as under-developed as the rest of the characters in the book. The big problems here are one-dimensional writing and a constant shifting of point-of-view. One minute the main character is in charge; then, with no warning we get a couple of paragraphs from the sister's point of view, then the cop, and back again. Overall, the idea for the book has merit but the execution of the story leaves much to be desired.

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