Anything For A Mystery (Christian cozy mystery) (A Nosy Neighbor Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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While patrolling the neighborhood, she stumbles over a dead body thrusting her in the midst of a real-life mystery. To complicate matters, her hunky neighbor Detective Steele is assigned to the case.
Not long after the detective leaves her house, a U-Haul pulls up with her mother, sister, niece, and nephew. They’ve decided to move into her beautiful Victorian home with her.
The story is a fun read. Stormi is a likable, yet insanely nosy character. Her nosiness gets her into trouble at every turn.
The story is a clean read, yet the characters aren’t sanitized to the point of being almost perfect. In fact, Stormi is far from perfect. She won’t leave well-enough alone and keeps meddling in an ongoing police investigation.
I knocked off one roller coaster for lack of research. She talks about marching into the FBI headquarters to find out if her neighbors are in witness protection. The FBI is not in charge of WITSEC. Witness protection is under the purview of the US Marshall’s Office.
Also, when Stormi questions the detective about whether the neighbors are in Witness Protection or not, she gets her answer by his stiffening. In reality, local law enforcement doesn’t know whether someone is in the program or not. The US Marshall’s Office keeps that information confidential. If local LEOs knew when a family was in the program, it would put the family at risk.
There were also some typos and a couple of grammar issues, but in spite of these problems, the story was an enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes cozy mysteries.
Stormi is new to town thanks to her editor telling her that her characters are stale and she needed a change of scenery. Stormi is a best selling romance author and to get out in the neighborhood and mingle she decides to head the neighborhood watch. Boy does she end up mingling when her first patrol ends up with her literally stumbling over a dead body! Then she meets her neighbor handsome Detective Steele. What a way to meet! Yikes
Stormi's world is about to be disrupted again when her mom,sister,niece, and nephew move in, uuuggghhhh. So much for quiet. She ends up getting heavily involved with the murder investigation and has an epiphany about writing romantic mysteries instead of just romance. Go figure. Some things should probably be left up to the professionals but Stormi has a mind of her own. Will she find the killer before her neighbors roast her??? Or will she be the next victim?
Can't wait for book two.
I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
The main character trips over a dead body...but doesn't know it? All right, it's dark, but how dark are we talking? She did approach with a flashlight.
The character comments in narrative that she's happy she's just a romance writer, but when when a detective comes back to question her. She says she only kills people on paper.
In that same scene, the detective addresses her by name, which makes sense. But she's their number one suspect, really, the first in contact with the dead body, and he tells her to go down to the station and file her report the next morning and just leaves. Not realistic.
The next day she's snooping around where the neighbor was murdered and runs into the detective again. She tells him to call her by her first name. It's spelled Stormi when chapter 1, 2nd paragraph is called Stormy. Add to this, he doesn't even ask about the report until later in the day and doesn't really care if she filed it or not.
Then, there was the matter of the main character, Stormi, or is it Stormy, not knowing the dead neighbor's name. That would be the first thing I'd find out before setting out to "investigate."
At a party, the cop is drinking "a tall class of Diet Coke." One, how would the lady know it was Diet, but that's not the part that finally made me close the book. Ten to fifteen paragraphs after that, no new beverage served, the detective crushes his beer can.
Pass on this one.
Stormi is a Romance Novelist who is encouraged by her editor to branch out and try new things. She has recently moved and finds herself embroiled in a mystery in her new neighborhood. She also finds her self the focus of interest of the neighborhood police detective. From there on the title pretty much sets up the plot.
This is a Christian Cozy so it is pretty much a G rated read and there is nothing wrong with that. Romance is pretty much limited to some furtive kissing. Does have little bit of the Castle feel to it do the main character being a writer and her mother being involved as well.
If you like clean, light and fairly humorous, this should suit you. If you are looking for heavier romance, darker plot and language you probably won't like this one. I personally enjoyed it. Read it in one sitting in a waiting room. I would consider more from this author in this series.