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Murder at Catmmando Mountain Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery #1 (Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series) Kindle Edition
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Largest issues for me:
why did the author keep shifting back and forth in her description of the male lead - was he smug or charming? She couldn't decide and several times described his smile or look both ways in consecutive sentences. Maybe it was a clumsy attempt to add uncertainty to the immediate attraction between them?
Parts of the world-building - we heard far too much about the minutia of the Park and how it was run, complete with excerpts from the Employee Handbook and employee counselling sessions. If any of that info had been required for the mystery, I wouldn't have minded. As it wasn't, including it made Georgie, the female lead, seem overly wrapped up in her work and more than a bit bot-programmed.
Georgie was portrayed in ways that made her too stereotypical cat lady. Did we really need paragraphs in several different chapters that detailed how her cat ran her life, complete with where he slept, his wakeup routine, how he played and the sounds he made? I like cats too, but the author spent too much time on Georgie's relationship with the cat and too little on making the mystery interesting.
Another plus in this novel was lead character, Georgie's feline named Miles (after jazz musician, Miles Davis). His personality shows some cats can be a riot, and I wanted him to visit my house. Who couldn't use a morning alarm system of a loud Yeow zinging into one's eardrum?
Murder at Catmmando Mountain quickly jumps into the murder, and since it does, I don't think I'm inserting a spoiler to say it was a brutal attack on the daughter of Max Marley, owner of Marvelous Marley World Enterprises. Mallory was also known as Cruella de Vil, and not only was she vile to work associates, the thin waif collected men for the fun of it. Married, engaged, dating, or single, she didn't care who was left in her wake as long as this spoiled only child got what she wanted. Hated by almost everyone, the suspects were plentiful, however lead character Georgina Shaw turned up with a solid alibi taken by a state camera and clocked at the same time as the murder. Items belonging to Georgie continued to show up, from her cashmere scarf at the murder scene to the alleged murder weapon in her coat pocket. I kept guessing one person after another, meanwhile, homicide detective Jack Wheeler, was narrowing the extremely long list. And falling in love with lead character Georgie. The feeling was mutual as flying pheromones had Georgie hearing 'Snap, crackle, pop' every time the two were in close proximity.
I could visualize riding around the park on an employee bicycle, ringing the bell at visitors in harm's way, while taking in the wonderful park atmosphere. I'm usually good at figuring out whodunit before the end of a read, but this wasn't one of those times for me. Still, because there was some 'blackout' time mentioned by the accused murderer and full details were never divulged, I'm wondering if this saga/investigation will redevelop and possibly point fingers at the person I suspected, or another employee or person she has wronged. I hope this case indeed gets reopened, giving readers a chance to follow the budding romance of Georgie and Jack, no longer young things, but still passionately alive.
Hmmmmm. Did one of the many suited animal characters get away with the perfect crime, or did a jealous, jilted girlfriend get revenge, or is the one in custody the actual murderer?
I found this not to be a book about crazies running around an amusement park and a woman taking unnecessary chances.
Instead I found a normal woman putting out fires or at least trying to in her work environment and trying to keep a level head.
I pegged the murderer from the start and then had second thoughts when another character caught my interest.
This really made me double guess myself but the motive eluded me till the end.
For me the characters were well written and quite real.
Humor is found in the characters of the amusement park. Big furry heads and princesses.
I'm so glad I find finally read this book and got past the cover.
If I hadn't not only would I have missed a fun story but great recipes.
I should never judge a book by its cover.
Now on to book two.
This may be a short story but there is a lot packed into the pages. It has twists, red herrings, a cranky boss, and much more. It is well-written and flows smoothly. I definitely recommend reading Murder at Catmmando Mountain. I'm eagerly awaiting Love in The Key of Sea-Book 2 in the Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery Series.