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COZY MURDER MYSTERY: Splitsville.com (A Women Mystery Sleuth) (An Olivia Davis Paranormal Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I don't know if I could call SPLITSVILLE a gem, but i can say that I enjoyed it every bit as much as I've enjoyed some books I've spent a heck of a lot more money and expectations on. The were some issues with typos and grammar, but honestly there wasn't anymore than I'm used to finding in some of the the books put out by the publishing houses. And truly, unless you're me, who knows where to go to get good, reliable, knowledgeable editing without selling your first born child.
**Call up your local community college, or perhaps even high school, and talk to their English department. Teachers are so poorly paid that many of them edit books, term papers, and thesis for only a small fee.**
Aside from typos and such, which were not overly distracting BTW, the story was light hearted despite the subject matter. I really enjoyed the addition of the SPCA and the dogs I thought that gave the story depth. I am a sucker for Schnauzers though. I loved the character of the aunt, especially since her sexuality was appropriate to her age. That's hard to find anymore. She was fun and quirky, but in keeping with her age. Though I think one less decade would have increased her believability. In addition to the aunt keeping her pants on, I was glad to see that, unlike so many other books, the story line didn't rely on sex carrying the story.
I really hope that Tonya Kappes, the author, recognizes a good thing and takes the time to really develop this out into a full series. I know I would certainly read future novels if she did! She develops her characters well, leads the story line well, creates a fully believable scene, and most importantly she lets the reader care about the characters and the story. Readers shouldn't be too snarky about punctuation and grammar, that's something that can be learned and be improved, a lack of talent and imagination on the other hand are forever,
Yes, there were some editing issues, but I didn't think it detracted that much from the story. I had no clue who the murderer was until they were revealed, so the story succeeded in keeping me hooked to find out whodunnit. This is a light and fun read. If you are a stickler for editing then just be aware of that before you buy it and try not to base your whole judgement of the book on that alone. There is so much more to enjoy.
PS. I noticed someone mentioned 'even the dog was boring' - again, very subjective - I loved him, he was so cute, I'd like him curling up and keeping me company any day.