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Morning Cup of Murder (A Lacy Steele Mystery Book 1) by [Bartal, Vanessa Gray]
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  • File Size: 482 KB
  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Vanessa Gray Bartal (September 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MUEXWE
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I enjoyed the heck out of this book! I thought I had an idea of who the 'bad guy' was, but I was totally wrong. I loved the fact that there were two love interests for Lacy, but I rooted for one over the other (not going to give any spoilers). I found myself liking the main characters and believeing in the story. Its a quick read, or at least for me, but satisfying. I can't wait to see how the romance plays out and what mystery Lacy might find herself in next. Since the title indicates this is Book 1- I hope there is more to come and soon!
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I should have known better than to buy a book with only 7 reviews. This book was slow, boring and redundant. The supposed romance just doesn't sizzle. I really wanted to throw my Kindle at the wall the 100th time I read "He slipped his arm around her waist..." or "He placed a finger on her lips and lingered just long enough to make her wonder..." Ok, those aren't actual quotes from the book but they're close. Chapter after chapter of this.... just KISS her already! It got ridiculous. There was nothing exciting about this whodunit...and the plot was weak. I laughed out loud when the motive and killer were revealed. As another reviewer mentioned, there are many stereotypes and the main character is downright annoying. Who gets bashed over the head...knocked unconscious... then immediatly goes about his or her day to day life as if nothing ever happened? There was hardly any mention of the incident again. I'm sorry to be harsh, but I pushed myself to finish the book hoping it would get better. It didn't.
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I love murder mysteries, so I was pleased to get this on my Kindle for only .99, but even that was a waste of money. Lacy Steele isn't even a very likeable character. For someone who sees herself as a sophisticated former New Yorker, in many ways she still seems like an insecure high school sophomore. Her character vaccilates from tough to blubbering just too much to be believable. She obviously expects former acquaintances to be frozen in time, just as she seems to be. As for the plot, it is weak at best. Too many things just aren't credible, and it seems that the author is really reaching just to come up with a plot. There are also many, many tired stereotypes: senior citizens who ALWAYS eat bran muffins with their coffee, the blustering police detective who won't listen to reason and tries to intimidate everyone else, the mean high school queen who was still mean in her 70's--well, you get the picture. I'm sorry to seem so unsympathetic here, but there was hardly any suspense at all, and Lacy Steele, who apparently will be the star of more books in this series, is just boring. I just wanted someone to shake her and say, "Get a life, for Pete's sake!" What could have been an interesting book just fell flat for me.
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I really did like this story! It kept my interest all the way through without my usual skimming over parts. It was well written, and I thought there was a good plot right from the start.

I usually don't buy books that are in a series, but this one can stand alone, so don't let that throw you off.

The ending was very satisfactory, and all of the different parts and characters came together at the end. I would definitely buy the next book in a series.

Others have written more about what this book is all about, so I won't. I will say that it isn't about the paranormal, and it doesn't have any sex scenes. I especially liked that -- it was interesting on it's own without these props.
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If you like books like the High Heels Mysteries or Evanovich's Plum Series, you'll enjoy this. It is my no means a hard hitting mystery/thriller but more a blurring of mystery and romantic tensions. I enjoyed this more than High Heel Mysteries as Bartal built a female character that was more grounded and realistic. The plot was pretty simple but did have me guessing for a bit as to 'who done it?'.
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I really did't like this book. I was very disappointed, I expected it to be a mystery but it was more like a romance. I couldn't get past the the first couple chapters because i thought it was boring and poorly written.
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This book is for all those that want a likable character and a read that is satisfying. Lacy is a real woman with doubts and insecurities as well as a huge sweet tooth. No cookie cutter glamozons that are so unrealistic in most books. This book is appealing to real women with real emotions. The reader can instantly connect with the characters and put themselves in their place. If you liked "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and other books with relatable heroins you will love Morning Cup of Murder! Vanessa Bartal can make you forget reality while still being a believable story.
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This was first time for reading Vanessa Gray Bartal and I will enjoy more books by her. I wa very happy there was no cursing and no uncomfortable sex scenes. Very enjoyable.
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