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I like a cosy mystery but this is just naff, American 'feel good' nonsense. Author badly needs to learn 'show, don't tell'. So much extraneous crap is included that doesn't advance the plot in any way, but is only there to show how wonderful our lead character and her friends are.
None of the characters have their own 'voice'. They're all so bland and uninteresting, while being perfect little do-gooders too. The sad thing is, the backdrop of the murders is an interesting story, but it lost out to dog walks, cheesy romance and paragraphs about the author's favourite books.
I got this book for free. Very glad I didn't pay anything for it.
I like a cosy mystery, but this is way too saccharine - full of half drawn cardboard cut out people who all cook divinely, instantly "connect" with our heroine, and seem able to conjure up the solution to any problem with just a couple of phone calls. There's no suspense, no character development, hardly any sense of place, and very little actual mystery. The murders seem after-thoughts to the main narrative that goes on for pages about how the heroine launches her book store to great success in just 3 weeks (to the point that she's able to hire an assistant manager!) with a number of very unlikely co-incidences. Complete with the obligatory "help" who makes the best baked goods and coffee in the state. The murder motive is completely unbelievable, as is the sleuthing style of the main characters. Just a lot of wandering about and jumping to conclusions. And as for the half-baked romance... oh dear. I won't be bothering with No 2.
I find this book offensive in the extreme. What is with the obsession about the characters skincolour. It is totally unnecessary, adds nothing to the characterisation and makes me squirm every time a new character appears. Never a kind florist with green fingers - no we are told what colour she is. There is no integrity about this writer. I am discarding this book and will not buy another one.
I really enjoyed this book. We start from setting up a book shop to getting to know the inhabitants of the town and how they all start to become familiar to the reader. It’s more than just a cosy read as it deals with social history to. I am looking forward to rest of this series.
This is just a badly done version of many, many other books. Do writers keep copying other's ideas? It certainly seems to. I have read the exact same story line about 10 times; girl moves to new town. Many deaths follow. She, (with no training) solves a series of murders before the police. She hampers the police and nearly gets killed - but she solves the case. This story is set in a book store, another I read was a cafe, another was a hotel, another...
Liked Harvey who is about to open her bookshop. Plans are going well, until a body turns up dead in her property and Harvey searches for the killer. Good characters and I look forward to reading more in the series.
I had not read any of this author’s books before this so didn’t know what to expect. However, I wasn’t disappointed. The story was good and, as I am not American, I also learned something about the Green Book and the shameful past of America’s Deep South, which is a good thing. All too often things are glossed over but the shocking thing is that it was not that long ago. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.