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- Book 1 of 2 in A Cherry PI Mystery
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About the Author
Jennifer Stone was born in Essex and spent her formative years living within its borders and enjoying the delights of the multiple night clubs and alcopop-swigging opportunities available. After a stint in North Wales acquiring a degree and a further spell in Leeds, training to be a teacher, she returned to the south of England to teach English in a variety of schools. She is currently head of English at a boarding school in Suffolk and has just completed her MA in Creative Writing (Crime) at UEA. She lives with her wife and their small son.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
PRAISE FOR CHERRY SLICE
"If you're in need of comic distraction (as we all are...) this is extremely funny." Harriet Tyce, author of international bestseller Blood Orange
"A scathingly satirical look at reality TV and society's hypocritical standards, Cherry Slice might not be as nice as pie, but its gooey centre is our intrepid P.I Cherry Hinton ... I think I love her!" Lucy V. Hay, author of Never Have I Ever
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT CHERRY SLICE
"A fast, fun cozy mystery."
"Cherry is a hoot and a half! This character's debut is sure to be just the first of many stories and I am hoping that as the characters develop, so will the recipes."
"You need to go pick up this wonderful book."
"A cute murder mystery. One I won't soon forget!"
"I can't wait to read more from this author!"
"A wonderful example of an imaginative cosy mystery."
"The plot is original and cunningly thought-out. If you like a cosy that makes you chuckle, occasionally wince and be thoroughly entertained from start to finish, then this is for you."
"Well-written and hard to put down - high quality comic chick lit with a side of mystery."
"A thrilling read which kept me turning the pages, characters you care for and just brilliantly written. Great novel!"--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 731 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Publication date : April 2, 2020
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07R1PY7R7
- Publisher : Farrago (April 2, 2020)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #653,805 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cherry Slice follows Cherry Hinton as she tries to reinvent herself after an undercover journalism mission on reality TV goes awry. She's doing her best to avoid the spotlight while revamping her parents' bakery into something her own. That is until an ex's sister pops in and asks her to look into his murder which happened on live TV two years prior. It piques Cherry's journalistic interest and drags her back into the midst of Essex's reality TV obsession.
Plotwise, it's pretty standard. Someone with no law experience (although she does have investigative reporting experience) is in the middle of a rough time when a murder falls in her lap and she must solve it in order to get her life back on track. There are a handful of suspects that keep both Cherry and the reader guessing, then throw in another murder and some more twists and you've got the gist of things. Don't forget the quirky best friend, the hunky detective dude she's already kind of dated but still has the hots for, and the overbearing mother. So yeah, it's standard but cute.
The characters are fun and pretty diverse. Cherry's not afraid to get a little dirty to get the info she seeks. Her bestie, Kelsey, is down for anything as long as she can entertain her social media followers. Jacob, the detective, is a camera whore and a manipulative dick most of the time. I think my favorite character was probably Cherry's mom. She rambles and has zero shame and basically solves the murder of Kenny Thorpe when Cherry's stuck with no new leads.
One last thing I want to mention is the humor in this book. If you're a fan of inappropriate humor, you'll be fine. That being said, it does border on the offensive. There's fat-shaming, slut-shaming (usually at Cherry's expense), jokes at the expense of non-binary folks, and more. If you're sensitive to stuff like that, this is not a book you'll want to pick up. I'm not, so it didn't really bother me. Sometimes though, the humor was super forced, which gave it an unnatural feel. That's when I'd roll my eyes and move on.
The writing itself was tight and fast-paced. It was a pretty quick read, but I admit that I occasionally didn't want to pick it back up. Between figuring out who the killer was pretty early on and the forced jokes, I got a bit bored with it. But I finished it because the writing wasn't bad and the story itself was okay.
Ultimately, I thought Cherry Slice was just okay. If I happen to see the next book in the series, I'll probably give it another chance if the synopsis is interesting, but I don't plan on looking for it.
Overall, I gave it three out of five stars. Probably closer to two and a half if I'm being honest. It's not bad, but it's not great either. If you like inappropriate humor and cozies, give it a shot. If not, you're not really missing anything.
Everybody believed it was Fat Martin who killed Kenny Thorpe amidst a popular TV show "Big Bubbler," but is the case as water-tight as it seems?
Cherry Slice by Jennifer Stone, my first book from the author and I must say I didn't know what to expect from this book. The cover is gorgeous, the synopsis sounds interesting, it seems like it's got all the ingredients necessary for a perfect concoction but would it really measure up to my expectations?
The verdict is, I am delighted to say, the positive one. The writing is solid, the pacing is brisk, and the characters are all vibrant and well drawn-out. Not to mention the mystery plot is nicely contemplated and executed and I enjoyed following Cherry's pursuit of the truth, the true culprit who stabbed Kenny Thorpe to death.
Cherry is an interesting, complex character; her past tainted with embarrassment and humiliation spoke to me and I found it quite engaging. She used to be a competent journalist but one mistake she made while she was going undercover to reveal the voting rig of a TV show, Caravan of Love where she got caught shagging one of the casts, she lost all the credentials she had established as a journalist. She was ridiculed, laughed at, and she still gets brought up as a butt of a joke every now and again even after two years.
This episode -- Cherry's humiliating past gets rehashed every now and again in this book made the book engaging and approachable, and it also illustrates the gullibility and insecurity Cherry has. Even after licking a bitter taste of humiliation, she is still trusting albeit a bit naive, and that struck a chord with me. Humiliation is a strong emotion I believe everyone can identify themselves with, and my hat's off to the author to use this tool in a very cleverly to keep us interested the entire time.
I also appreciated the main mystery plot. As there are multiple contestants participating Big Bubbler, it was delightful and glorious to know their take on the case and hear what each contestant has to say. The pace of the investigation felt a tad slow and lagging at times, but the complex character dynamics become embossed as Cherry inches closer to the bottom of it, like, invisible characters become visible when they are exposed to heat, and I enjoyed the process of Cherry nailing down the culprit.
The culprit reveal is nothing short of brilliance. The author couldn’t have chosen a better setting to uncover the killer. This sequence puts Cherry’s competence and brilliance on full display and also transpired her character growth. It was truly a redeeming moment for Cherry and I was reveled in her victory after being an underdog for so long.
Little did I know this was the first book in a new series until I got to the end, but I am already curious to see how the dynamics between Jacob and Cherry moves on from here. I forgot to mention in my review (because I knew this post would be awfully long), but the relationship between Cherry and Jacob is also a highlight in this book.
Okay, I will say no more and let you decide whether to pick this book up and see for yourself.
All in all, Cherry Slice is a witty, engaging cozy mystery and I recommend adding this book to your TBR if you are a cozy-mystery fan.