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Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (An Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The positive things it has going for it - it's really rather laugh out loud funny in many places. There are the usual suspects one finds in cozy mysteries - strong but flawed heroine who has either been dumped or dumped a worthless husband, boyfriend, etc. - kookie but (mostly) lovable BFFs - and a setting that becomes one of the characters in the story - in this case Santa Monica, California. The unpredictable parts are the (mostly) transitory characters/souls of he recently departed (murdered), only seen by the heroine because of her somewhat erratic empathic abilities. In the case of these characters most want her to help them find their killer.
Now, if you have read any cozy mysteries you know that most of the heroines become amateur detectives and get in all sorts of trouble trying to help solve the crimes - be that usurping the local police and giving them headaches while they butt into an investigation - or finding the culprit by accident or weirdly accurate revelations that come to them (often while in the personal space of said criminal) while making expressions that show they should never play poker). Needless to say, our heroine, Annie Graceland, does all these things. In addition she often talks out loud to these ghosts, making her look just a little crazy.
I'm going to give the other books in the series a chance - especially since I bought the 4 volume set). A short novella that followed the first story seemed to be better edited, and since it was a novella didn't have as many twists and turns to wade through, so I enjoyed it a bit more - not to mention I was finally getting used to Annie as a character. Overall the book was okay but unless something changes a lot in the next 3 volumes I probably won't be following this series as closely as many others I read in this genre.
Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys. What a super catchy book title. Kudos to debut author Pamela DuMond for pulling the title out of the plot bunnies in her book. It's a very catchy title and probably what prompted me to "Click to Buy" from Amazon. For only $2.99, I think that Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys was a great read.
I was up and down liking Cupcakes, Lies and Dead Guys. One moment I loved it and I was saving quotes and the next I was quickly skipping by. The "recipes" at the end of each chapter became a sure thing to skip past. Here's one of the quotes I saved when the heroine was at a doctors appt. "He picked up a ginormous speculum that looked alarmingly like a .44, and headed towards her hoo-hah."
There were other quirky lines like, "Oddly enough, it had style, it had flare. If this was the eighties, it would've had big hair."
Sometimes I found myself confused with the sentence structure and ended up backing up and starting over. I normally just look past those things when it happens every now and then but I found myself doing that a lot so I am making a mention of it. I was trying to get my bearings in the book. One moment Annie was in the kitchen and then next sentence the author was then describing what disguise her friend was wearing. That's after I figured out that it was her friend that I was now reading about. A little more experience in writing and a good editor should take care of those situations in future books. I do predict that there will be future books.
I think that Pamela DuMond created a cute little series that scores of fans will stay dedicated too. Annie is a likeable character and the obnoxious dead guy Derrick Fuller had enough personality that when he was supposedly moving off to the afterlife, I was sad to see him go.
As for the mystery aspect of the book. I had no idea "whodunnit" and was pleased that I never guessed. After now knowing "whodunit" I really appreciate the clever hints that were placed throughout the book. Great plotting by the author
I found myself howling with laughter. This book turned out to be the perfect cure at a perfectly cheap price for my blues. And the author's wicked humor in no way distracts from the roller-coaster mystery that bedevils our heroine
Now I'm gonna haveta squeeze out some pennies from my entertainment budget to buy the rest of this devilishly delicious series...and even more difficult, find time to read them. So? Sleep is grossly overrated!
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