I finally got around to reading a few of the "free" selections I picked up around Christmas...
Design on a Crime (Deadly Décor Mysteries, Book 1)
Good Story, Surprising Ending, Worth Reading (3 1/2 STARS), January 23, 2012
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This review is from: Design on a Crime (Deadly Décor Mysteries, Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
For the relevance to this review... I love mysteries of all types. This appeared to be a cozy mystery and as it started out, it went along as such (btw, formatting on my Kindle was fine)- Part of the mystery is not only about main character, Haley having to clear herself of being accused of murder, but also, what it is that happened to her in a heinous, violent crime some 4 yrs or so earlier and why that incident caused her to fall away from her faith in God... yes, the author has brought in religion as to how this young woman needs to recognize, as much as she feels let down by God, that God should not have turned His back when she needed Him during that time... She is alive, prospering, and actually doing pretty well... considering... (this is mentioned a lot)- The obstacles she has to overcome in her faith (which is equally hard since her father is the priest of the local church), the obstacles she has to overcome to get past the incident 4 yrs earlier, and how she feels she has to be strong and take control now to catch the real killer. The writing is done well in my opinion. At least on a level as many other cozy mystery writers- nothing wrong with a light, easy read.
After a bit, the focus does come to her faith more than solving but "things" come out in her conversations with friends, her sensei, doctor, father, and others. I actually could have seen more written in here in various places so the aspect of her faith was not beginning to overshadow the story itself, however, I would read the next in series. I will also look to read other books by this author. It doesn't bother me to read a book that reminds us all in a very creative way to be aware and thankful for God. I don't feel it is any different than someone reading books about occult and wican subjects.
The book had a good story line, no matter that I didn't care for who the "perp" turned out to be. The author did write well and kept you engrossed which is the main thing I look for in a well written book. I do hope the story lines in the future don't get lost in the message for Christianity but this did not make it a bad book. If you are a cozy mystery fan, this will fill that void. Done with this ramble, I hope this helps some make a better decision to give this book a chance. If I relied on the reviews here, I would have missed out on a pretty good read.
My review apologies, for the frustration that I appear to emit due to some of the other reviews- it causes me to ramble a bit- but my point, the book is worth reading and following the series if you are a cozy mystery lover and not offended by the slightest reference to God. I am a Christian although my preferred genre does not focus on salvation, God, faith, etc- I don't mind when it is part of a story line in a book. & I don't mind if the author's views are the same or not. As long as it fits with the story line in some way, I will continue to read it... Seems so many could not remove the focus that there are references to religion throughout the book... I think it fit and was still very entertaining as a cozy mystery-
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