Series: A Liz Adams Mystery
If you have read my blogs, you know that cozy mysteries are my escape reads. I read a lot, but they have to come with very high recommendations or have something that grabs me. In this case, it was something as simple as recently spending a night in Charleston and wishing I had more time to be there. Plus this is the first book in the series, and I usually like to see at least three published before I jump in – you know that need to binge read? But I took a chance, and I enjoyed it.
Cozies range from light to complex, and this one falls somewhere in the middle. There is an overabundance of suspects, a seasoned PI and no real sidekick, but several supporting characters. The main character, Liz has the double trouble of having a lot of the suspects as friends, which leads to some interesting tangents. She also has a faithful lab, Duke, who might end up being a character all on his own as it appears he may be a bit of a lie detector. That aspect was barely explored, however I hope Duke plays a bigger part in future (fingers crossed for more) books.
The mystery played out as expected, I knew the ‘who done it’ early, but there is contentment in the familiar. The Paris scenes were nicely, if not vaguely done, but it was enough that I now have a craving for chocolate eclairs. But I want one of those you can only get while walking the streets of Paris and finding those incredible patisseries.
I look forward to the next book in the series and seeing where the author decides to take the reader.
Stacy writes mysteries, children’s stories, short stories, and poetry. Her debut novel, Charleston Conundrum, is the first in the Conundrum mystery series.
Stacy’s mission is to deliver a delightful story to readers of all ages while benefiting a larger community. She donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books to causes that support wildlife conservation, and the homeless, both people and pets. A portion of the proceeds from Charleston Conundrum are donated to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
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