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Guidebook to Murder Paperback – April 1, 2014
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What is this crap?
I've read and enjoyed cozy mysteries. And I read and did not enjoy this mess. If you ask nothing of a mystery but that it does not challenge your 6th grade reading level, this one is for you. But if you enjoy actual mysteries and have a modicum of self respect, do yourself a big favor and look elsewhere.
Jill is a strong protagonist, always pursuing clues, and finding her way into more trouble but she is a bit weak-willed. I think the author wants the reader to acknowledge Jill's emotional growth but, at times, the constant tears are annoying. That said, I liked the characters and the small town vibe. The mystery is easy to follow and those wishing to solve the mystery alongside Jill are given the clues to do so.
Grab a cup of coffee and an armchair. Guidebook to Murder is a delightful, escapist cozy.
Jill Gardner is the owner of a little local store called “Coffee, Books, and More.” She was also the business liaison between the local businesses and the city council. Of course, this book is set in a small town. This particular one is set in a place called South Cove and it’s located near the California Coast.
Her two best friends in town are an elderly lady everyone called Miss Emily and Amy. Miss Emily is 80 years old and the council has been pushing her to sell her property to build condos. However, she has no intention of selling anything. Amy is the local city planner who also loves to surf whenever she can.
As I’m sure you can guess at this point, Miss Emily is the one who dies. No one thought anything of it, especially not the hunky Detective King. However, Jill pushed for an autopsy to be done because Miss Emily had never once let on that she was feeling ill. She didn’t hold things like that back from Jill, who was probably Miss Emily’s only true friend.
After Miss Emily left everything to Jill, things started to go real crazy and definitely caught the attention of Detective King. He decided maybe Jill wasn’t making things up and started investigating seriously.
All in all, the book was disappointing. It was well-written and all, but eh. Jill really didn’t contribute much to the investigation except to make everything harder on the detective. She also couldn’t seem to make a single trip to the larger town nearby to buy supplies for anything. She had to go back every single day and it became a big deal in the story. At least, it seemed to stick out more than it should in my mind. The ending was unique, but uninspired. These stories all seem to follow some formula and it’s like she missed the memo. It wasn’t much of a mystery and landed squarely in the land of “okay.” This appears to be the start of a series, but if this was a taste of what the rest will be like, I’m not interested.
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Well written and absolutely delightful.
A top notch whodunit!