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The Fiesta Burger Murder (A Burger Bar Mystery) Paperback – July 4, 2017
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Thus begins “The Fiesta Burger Murder,” a cozy mystery by author Rosie A. Point. This is a short, quick read that has many entertaining moments. I found myself laughing out loud while reading this book. I loved the fact that the lead in this book was a female detective. No many books have the females as the lead detective. I also loved the backdrop of this little old town. I grew up in a very small town so I could relate to a lot of the happenings in this small town. This was a great start to The Burger Bar Series. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I was lucky enough to have received an ARC copy of this book, and chose to do a review as I do every book I read this is my honest opinion.
Thus begins “The Fiesta Burger Murder,” a cozy mystery by author Rosie A. Point. This is a short, quick read that has many entertaining moments. At the same time, there are story elements that rear their ugly heads and threaten to destroy the good things Ms. Point has built.
I was more concerned about Christie than the murder investigation, and the murder mystery didn’t pull me in until over half the book was finished. An event happened to Christie at that point, which subsequently caused me to direct more attention to the murder. The story is told in first person, so it is natural that Christie would be in the forefront. Being allowed to view her tangled thoughts is a major factor that kept me reading, but I felt it took a long time for the mystery to become a larger focus of the story than Christie.
There were a few conflicting items that caught my attention. After a potential crime had occurred, it was explained that the victim had decided not to press charges, yet the alleged perpetrator still had to post bail. In a sleepy town where a shop owner feels comfortable enough to count the money in front of customers, that same owner has an instant notification device to contact the police in times of trouble.
These few inconsistencies were not strong enough on their own to ruin the story, even when coupled with the periodic proofreading errors. Author Point demonstrates her talent with her treatment of Christie, who is more cutesy than saucy and is a perfect blend with the cozy mystery style. Her inner banter creates a flavor that dresses the story in a fun way, keeping readers entertained and turning pages. Despite the negative aspects I mentioned, I would not be against reading another book by this author. As a first outing, this book has enough charm to warrant three-and-a-half-stars.
My thanks to Ms. Point for a complimentary copy of this book.
The Fiesta Burger Murder is the first installment in the Burger Bar Mystery series by Rosie A. Point. This book is actually novella length and was a fun read, though I wish it had been longer. At the end, we're left with more questions than answers, which isn't generally how I like to end a cozy mystery.
The characters are well-written and complex. I love Griselda. She's awesome! I'm not sure how I feel about Christie. She's a little too impulsive for my taste, but I want to see what she's like in additional books before really making a decision.
The setting descriptions that were included were well done, I just wish there had been more. I can easily visualize Griselda's house and the Burger Bar, but the rest of the small town, not so much. It would've been great to see other things happening in town besides just the murder, giving us more locales to imagine and to put the town together in our minds.
The story line moved along very quickly given the shortness of the book. I was able to follow the story line, so it wasn't too quick in that regard, I just wish we had gotten more background information on Christie and Griselda, more information about the killer, just more information in general. That's why I only gave it a 3.5 out of 5 rating. It just needed more.
I'm still looking forward to the second book and hoping that we get more of that missing information then.