May Day (The Murder-By-Month Mysteries) Kindle Edition
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Jeff and Mira seem to hit it off very well and become intimate on their first date, but Jeff stands Mira up for the second date. Mira is very angry the next day when she goes to work at the library and thinks of all kinds of reasons why he would do such a thing. As she goes through the stacks, cleaning up and straightening up, she finds the reason for Jeff's absence the night before. As Mira starts to enter the Pl-Sca aisle, she stumbles upon Jeff's dead body, and now she knows why he didn't show up the night before. From here on out, the book follows Mira's sometimes wacky, but logical and accurate search for Jeff's killer.
Mira's friend, Sunny, is in Alaska for a few months, so Mira is housesitting Sunny's doublewide mobile home for her with her calico cat and her dog. I like Mira's relationship with her pets and also her finding comfort in gardening. When she is overwhelmed, there is nothing that calms her like digging in the soil outside and planting flowers and vegetables and then seeing to the care and maintenance of her gardens. The only thing I didn't like about Mira is her occasional crudeness, which actually doesn't fit the cozy mystery genre as I know it. I didn't think that violence was overdone, but sexual comments could have been kept to a minimum or in this type of book, the crudeness left out altogether.
I gave this first in the series 3 stars for being okay. I did enjoy it and I plan to read the next one to see how it is. Since it's the month of June, it's an appropriate mystery to read. The setting is nice in Minnesota, and I have a friend who lives there, not too far from Duluth, so I will relay the informaton about this book series on to her.
I was fooled by whodunit, though. Mystery readers should at least try this book.
The heroine is of rather unstable temperament, for reasons which are part of the story; nevertheless, I found her to be, on the whole, appealing. Some aspects of the community into which she has just moved seem to be bizarre, to say the least, but, then, the part of Minnesota in which I briefly lived, was more urbanized(and, that was also, likely, before this girl's parents were born).
All the characters in the book, save for the heroine, are pretty shadowy, not given much substance. This was not particularly disquieting in a stream-of-consciousness novel. The Sheriff, too, seemed remarkably remote from the investigation, being, as he was,, practically the entire police force. That can reasonably be charged up to the State Police taking charge. It just felt a bit strange.
At any rate, the book was free when I 'purchased' it and now I see it is at a full mass paper-bound price, although less than its quality paper-bound cost of $15-. This leads me to say that is good reading, but not better than many of those kindle mysteries at less than $4-.
The story kept me interested in , whats going to happen next?
My eyes are bad, but had it on my Reader which my children gave me and downloaded seeral other books byJess Lorey. She makes for interesting and suspense stories.
I am now reading June Bug.