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Burnout (Pecan Bayou) (Volume 5) Paperback – March 20, 2014
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Burnout is the fifth installment in the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series. When I started out telling the story of Betsy Livingston, she was a single mom who wrote the local Happy Hinter column for the newspaper. Betsy was abandoned by her con man husband while she was pregnant with their child. Knocked off her feet temporarily she rallied back with the help of her father Lt. Judd Kelsey, Aunt Maggie and Cousin Danny. Betsy finds she has a great ability to think outside the box and solve every day problems with helpful hint strategies. This thinking also helps her pull together clues on the many murder investigations she becomes involved in. She also finds a handsome meteorologist who helps her keep plenty of sunny skies on her horizon.
Betsy is surrounded by the people of Pecan Bayou Texas who include an annoying reporter, a beautician who may have sucked up a little too much Final Net, the daughter of an old cowboy star and some four star establishments like Earl's Coffee, the town's very own version of Starbucks (don't wake Earl if he's napping-just get your own damn coffee and leave a buck on the counter) and Birdie's Diner where hamburgers and milkshakes are an art form.
I have really tried to create a place that frankly, if it weren't for the incredibly high amount of homicide cases, wouldn't mind living myself. In Burnout the local weatherman, Hurricane Hal, who appears daily on NUTV has come down with a case of the flu. Betsy's husband takes over for him and finds he's an instant celebrity meanwhile Betsy struggles with her own bout of stomach trouble. When a fire breaks out that looks like arson, Betsy is afraid she may have lost an old friend who has been missing since the blaze.
Thanks again, and if you want to read more about Betsy and Pecan Bayou read the first four cozy mysteries in the Pecan Bayou Mystery series.
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Teresa Trent is definitely going to be on my reading list from now on.
With all of Betsy's sick stomach spells, she still has time to try and find out who burnt up the Gazette with Rocky in it. There is a big red herring here. It's a good one too. However, the solution to the murder seemed slightly shallow to me. To me, it didn't the motive didn't make sense. Why.....? Oh well, the reader will have to read this part. I won't give spoilers.
Altogether I like Pecan Bayou and the people in the town. I am anxious to read the first book in the series. I thought it was interesting how Leo, Betsy's new husband, made her think of her first husband who left her after he found out she was pregnant. Betsy isn't sure whether Leo will do the same thing. She has a feeling his working late as a policeman down at the station isn't the whole truth.
There are any number of twigs which are really thick branches to discuss in the cozy. All of which are making Betsy act anxious. She thinks, except for the upchucking, she's acting fine. Zach is her son while Tyler is Leo's son. Tyler is acting perfectly fine. Zach is beginning to act like a man before he's a boy. So you can tell there is a lot going on in Pecan Bayou not to mention again there is no newspaperman or building to print out all the local news. This is an important time. The wrong time for Rocky to go missing. It's Thanksgiving and Christmas will follow soon. Who in the world murdered Rocky and burnt the Gazette down? While you're wondering who murdered Rocky, at the end of the cozy there are quite a few recipes like Pumpkin Squares which is a story in itself. Since Betsy is known for her published hints like how to clean up doggie urine, there are hints in the back of the book also. [...]
This is was for the most part well written. There were a few areas that would have benifited from a little tighter editing but they didn't detract from the story. Like most cozies you are intended to fold yourself into the story and follow along as the main character solves the mystery. This is no different. Those that are not fans of this genre might find that the story moves a little slow. As also common in these there is a secondary plot running that involves the main character's personal life.
Since I enjoyed the setting and the characters I will go back and read the previous books. I enjoy seeing an author progress though I am OCD enough that I usually will read them in order. Probably shouldn't have pointed that out now I really need to go get the first four books.
Summary, good traditional cozy with a few twists, a little heavy on the secondary plot but the mystery itself is pretty well done.
Betsy has a busy, and at times, complicated life. I don't know
what her favorite escape is, but one of mine is to find fun, quick,
entertaining reads. This fits the bill.
I also appreciate that the author did not need swearing and graphic
sex to be able to tell this story.