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- Publication Date: April 11, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W0DILFQ
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MURDER TO GO (Food Truck Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Land, a Basque chef who has worked on the food truck with her aunt, tells Maeve that her aunt had promised to leave the truck to him. He is not happy that Maeve was given the truck, and he does not try to hide his displeasure. Maeve does not know if what he says is true, she only knows that the lawyer told her it was bequeathed to her. But when she finds another will that shows that Land might be telling the truth, she is not sure what to do. Her mother tells her to forget about it and burn it, but she decides the right thing to do is to take it to a lawyer and have it checked out.
While she is worrying about the new will, trying to keep the food truck afloat and deal with a hostile employee, a murder takes place at a rival food truck. This just adds to her concerns. And when no one can tell her why her aunt wanted the food truck and how she afforded it, she has many more questions than answers. It is going to take a lot of sleuthing to find the answers she needs and figure out the truth.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author does a great job creating suspense and tension with the written word. There are numerous twists and turns and a list of suspects that seem to continue to grow. I did not figure out the killer until it was revealed at the end. I thought the ending was a surprise and I liked that.
The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. I enjoyed getting to know Maeve and look forward to getting to know her better in future books. The author is descriptive and there were times I felt like I was right there watching all the action around me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. This is a new author to me and I am happy to see that she has written other books. I plan on checking those out. I love when I find a new author that that I enjoy reading. It is like finding a gift.
Maeve is a likeable person whose heart is in the right place and attempts to do the right thing. The right thing isn’t always the smartest thing. The mystery is pretty good and I was pretty surprised at the outcome. I thought the author did well with Maeve’s line of thinking with both juggling clues and trying to figure out what to do next. There’s only one area that had me shaking my head and I could easily see readers yelling at her. But without that action figuring out whodunit might not have been possible.
This is definitely a short book, and I was impressed that the editing is much better than most of the self-published books I’ve read. The story sucked me in and definitely held my interest.
Then, just as I was going to pump my fist in victorious exultation--yes, that's how desperate I'd been feeling for a good cozy-- I got to the end. And everything unraveled. First the main character acts like the classic idiot of every badly written, cliched mystery by not going to the police when every sane person on earth would. This is so the author can throw her to the killers. Then we find out whodunnit (at least partly--she leaves part of the mystery dangling for the next book) and the "reveal" guts the entire mystery that has gone before. It's all so ridiculously involved and convoluted with the fake will, and killing off so many people, but for some reason not immediately killing her off, or even Land, that you're left with nothing. All that build up...wasted.
I was frankly incredulous that such a fairly good writer could make this bad of an ending. What happened? Did she not have any idea herself what the mystery was about and just hung any old ending on it at the last minute? Did someone else write the ending? It's a complete train wreck and utterly disappointing. And I realize I can't trust that the next book won't be the same.
So, here it is: the first three quarters of the book get four or five stars, the ending gets negative stars, so I'll settle for three.