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- Print Length: 481 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Gumshoe - A Next Chapter Imprint; 3 edition (March 30, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07NDK76WF
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,656 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Flower Power Trip: A Kellan Ayrwick Cozy Mystery (Braxton Campus Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Complex, but believably presented, the main threads tie up in a neat bow by the time the end arrives. Getting there, however, is quite the rollercoaster ride with suspects presenting themselves at every turn (there is also a few ongoing threads that carry over the series, but in no way leave the reader unsatisfied).
Highlights for me: Kellan’s grandmother “Nana D” is a scene stealer, though there are so many colorful characters in this series, each is given multiple moments to shine. The dialogue is witty and the writing crisp.
An absolute highlight is the masquerade party held to raise funds for renovations to the library. The theme is Heroes and Villains, with guests attending dressed as their favorite hero or villain from literature. I want to go to that party!—minus the murder, of course. Also of note is Kellan’s frenemy relationship with Sheriff April Montague, who finds his meddling in police business, annoying to say the least. It’s fun seeing the progression and changes to their relationship.
If you like cozies and whodunits, with vibrant characters and snappy dialogue, this is a series for you! I read this book without reading the first two in the series, but given how enthralled I am, I want to read them all!
James J. Cudney has written another masterpiece. The characters are dynamic and memorable. The dialogue is snappy and witty. The mystery is top notch. It keeps the reader guessing till the very end. The red herring kept pointing in key directions. I was sure I knew who the murderer was, then Woops! it turned out to be someone I wasn't considering. Excellent job, Jay! And, of course, that's not all. The cliffhanger will have us all sitting on the edge of our seats until the next book, Mistaken Identity Crisis, is published this summer. Kudos, Jay, for an excellent read.
Flower Power Trip is a multilayer story full of memorable characters, blooming with an irresistible charm. This is the third book in the Braxton Campus Mysteries and if you haven’t read the first two books, please do that. As the author takes us deeper into the life of Braxton, the more we love it. From book to book his characters are more alive, more realistic, more present and funnier and we want to hang out with them more!
Their creator James J. Cudney, a brilliant one, is making us addicted to his cozies and people we’ll miss and wait with expectation until the next book from the series downloads to our Kindle or lands on our bookshelves.
A fund-raiser for the library is planning a mask a ball. At It Kellan is hoping to find out who is stalking Ursula, instead he finds a figure, dressed as Dr Evil dead and Helena standing over him holding a bloody knife. Kellan now is exploring the murder to clear Helena's name. What is Ursula secret? Why she was stalk? I highly recommend this book and series.
Kellan discovers a dead body and again finds himself in the middle of a homicide investigation. Flower Power Trip swirls delightfully with interesting characters, a multitude of clues, and humorous repartee. Several threads continue on from previous books: Kellan’s rocky relationships with his boss Myriam and Sheriff April Montague, Nana D’s bid for the mayoral seat, and Kellan’s presumed dead wife Francesca with ties to a mob family. There are also romantic conflicts and more than a little danger.
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James Cudney is adept at creating realistic and interesting characters who you easily come to care about. We are faced with enough familiar faces from his previous books to give a feel of familiarity about the book, as if you are visiting old friends in a place you feel familiar with.
His ongoing love-hate relationship with April, the sheriff develops further, but he still manages to get on her nerves with his 'amateur meddling' and yet they find themselves working towards the same goal, albeit from two different angles.
The author is developing his style and his characters more and more with each Braxton Campus Mystery and I'm very much looking forward to seeing his next installment.
Alarmingly, the person standing over the body, clutching the knife, later proved to have killed the man, is a family friend. She professes her innocence to Kellan and, even though he believes she didn't kill the man, he keeps getting the feeling that she is hiding something. But he is adamant to get to the bottom of the problem and find the real killer and prove she is innocent.
However, along the way, there are times when he wonders whether he might have been wrong - maybe the person he was defending was guilty after all. Nevertheless, he continues on his quest to get to the truth, often irritating April, the County Sheriff. But he is beginning to get used to that.
This is a most enjoyable read. I had already read and enjoyed the first two books in the series, so I was sure this one would be just as good - if not better. And, yes I was right. The story-line continues to run well. James J. Cudney has done it again. I thoroughly recommend this novel.
I love the humour relationships and the mysteries occurring although, I must admit, Braxton does seem to be having a few problems on its Campus.
I am one going to order book 4 and hope Kellan gains a some peace in his life!