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Once I met Macey I loved her instantly! She's a no nonsense boss who doesn't take any garbage from the employees she manages. There were two plot lines in this book that took twists and turns until the end, and I won't spoil it, but let's say it was good to figure them both out. Out of all the characters in this book I think I liked Wikket the cat the best. While sleuthing cats aren't a new concept to cozy mysteries, Wikket has a personality all his own. You'll love how he inserts his paw into the mix and manages to pull out the most important players.
The humor in the book is enough to make you laugh aloud multiple times, and there were a few times that I even gasped at the turn of events. Even with the heavy character load I give it five stars because the characters were well-developed, and well-executed and all in all a very fun read!
When I voted for this book for the Kindle Scout Program, I prayed in my heart that this author wins the publishing deal, having read previous books by her, I knew her literary prowess and ability to hold a readers focus until the very end.
Take a look at the blurb before you dive into my mild spoiler-ish review!
BLURB: Macey's first day in the college employee relations department ends with a knife at her throat.
Macey is certain things can't get any worse. She's wrong. An angry employee vows to put her on an online hit list. When he turns up dead, she's a suspect--and on the hit list.
To keep her secrets and her life, Macey partners with two unexpected allies who cause her pulse to race with steamy attraction--and exasperating annoyance. Vince, a handsome, driven lawman, digs up more than just clues to the brutal murder. Brett, a fun-loving pathologist with a deadly sense of humor, drives everyone crazy with his fart machine-will travel. Macey's supersized black cat Wikket, possessing courage, curiosity, and crankiness in equal portions, assists in his own grumpy, feline fashion, golden eyes open and claws extended.
Ryker opens the book with pulling readers attention to the characters she fashioned with her pen as we read their Bio’s and get a feel of what is to come. Some readers may find this boring, but I am a lover of details, and didn’t find this as page filler at all, I instead appreciated this method and knew what to expect from these characters—to some extent. There were TWISTS!
Macey Malloy opens the story and while some may get a bossy no-nonsense feel from her, I saw someone else in her, a strong female lead holding her own and staying on top of her game, which does not settle well with everyone and this, is to be expected.
When one drama after the other begins to unfold, I began to feel for Macey, and to top it all off, the author throws in two lovely romantic interests to warm our hearts, Vince and Brett, each adding a flavour of their own. When a dead body is found one is left to wonder: who-dun-it? And Macey faces new tensions, heightened emotions and drama as she grapples with the state of her current reality all the while trying to keep her secrets—and her life!
Another character deserving of honourable mention is Wikket, Macey’s loyal feline, the fur ball with claws and eyes and a sense of curiosity that will disarm you. This witty, drama-filled chit-lit mystery is bound to keep you turning the pages and more than deserves all the success it’s generating for the author.
Al-Khemet Book Club
And of course, the review won't be complete without mentioning Wikket, the grumpy bundle of fur who will completely enamour you.
From then on, things get even more hectic and hazardous. A couple of people are murdered, and Macey's a suspect. As she freely admits, she isn't always good with people, and she quickly attracts enemies. Along the way, there's a budding romance and a huge cast of characters which I'm surprised Ryker not only manages to keep straight in her mind but in the reader's as well.
This is an ingenious, complex, fast-paced mystery whose comic touches kept me chuckling as I tried to figure out who the murderer or murderers were. It's also sometimes over the top, and I found the characters' antic behavior occasionally implausible. Somehow Macey's cat Wikket always manages to jump into the act at the right time, invariably making a statement in the process. Ultimately, Macey's adventures swept me along to a satisfying conclusion which left me eager for a sequel.
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