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Journaled to Death (The Journaling mysteries, 1) Hardcover – February 4, 2020
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About the Author
- Publisher : Severn House Publishers; First World Publication edition (February 4, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0727889508
- ISBN-13 : 978-0727889508
- Item Weight : 14.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #725,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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the dialogue was good except the occaional confusion with missing tags.
her desciptuons were reallg good. she really had me believing rhe weather and setting.
the pace was just okay, because sometimes I had to reread paragraphs, when peole appeared without the movement, or suddenly the scene changed without warning. it could be the kindle version though.
the clues and red herrings were excellent. i was believing everyone was guilty too! there was nothing wacky there.
3 stars. i will definitely give the second in the series a try.
Mandy has a very real stake in uncovering the killer and is feeling the loss of Ryan's rent money.
I enjoyed the setting, the pace of the mystery and, most of all, I liked the characters of Mandy and Vellum. They may be mother and daughter and Vellum is a teenager but they come across as two strong women in it together. That this tough time will pass and life will get better. The mystery is a good puzzle and the flow is slow and steady but not boring or tedious. The perfect read for a rainy weekend. I hope there will be a sequel - I'm holding a space on my TBR list for it.
Journaled to Death is the first book in The Journaling Mysteries, and one of the things that I think Redmond did a fantastic job writing was the relationships between the women in the book. Mandy and Vellum’s interactions feel so real, and I love the strong female vibe I feel between Mandy and her mom, and Mandy and her neighbor, Linda. Mandy also has a strange relationship with one of the nurses, Reese, who works at the hospital where Mandy is a barista. It starts off tense, but I’m interested to see it blossom in future books.
There are kind of two mysteries in this book, but they blend together. You have who killed Ryan, which I saw coming about half way through, but it was still enjoyable. And then you have one of the doctor’s being a jerk and weird things happening at the coffee house. I thought it was going to go one direction that way, but it went a different way and combined perfectly with the main mystery.
I was annoyed with Mandy at times in regards to her lack of backbone. She’s a single mother who gets income through her online journaling business, Mandy’s Plan, and she works in the coffee house at the hospital. Mandy’s job starts accusing her of stealing money, daring to disrespect of doctor (even though she really isn’t), trying to sabotage a doctor, and getting some nurses sick. I would have been looking for a new job after being accused of stealing! I hope after having solved a murder case and almost dying she has more moxy in future books. :)
And then, of course, we have the romantic aspect. I have a feeling there will be two different men via for her attention in future books. It might become really hot or really awkward since one of them is living with her by the end of the book!
If you enjoy cozies, journaling, or strong female relationships, you should give Journaled to Death a read.