Murdered at the Courthouse: A Midwest Cozy Mystery Kindle Edition
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Unfortunately the narration was not as good as this author usually is. If Amazon used a ten star scale to rate books, I could easily consider the plot a solid ten and find that the narration was perhaps a seven compared to the author's usually eight star or occasionally nine star writing skill. But I would still rate the overall effect as a nine star effort.
When most books are only read by people who like the genre and most people rate any book that they enjoyed as 5 stars out of 5 stars, book ratings have lost most of their usefulness in picking out books to read. In a "brick and mortar" book store I can thumb through as much as I need to before deciding whether to buy the book, but that does not make it easy to pick out a number of books out of the whole store full.
Please do not pass up this book just because I have very high expectations of what constitutes a 5 stars book. Most books that I have read and reviewed have only received three stars, but I continue to read books by the same authors, many of whom eventually write books that I rate four stars and occasionally five. To me a five stars book is worth reading several times over the years and sharing with most of your friends who are readers, even friends who mostly read books in different genres. For example I would recommend a five stars mystery book to a friend who mostly read romance novels or self help books, because the book was so well written that even though the romance was a side issue in the mystery it was still well enough done to hold the interest of someone who likes romance and the main characters overcame problems in ways that would inspire someone who likes self help books.
This is a very enjoyable mystery book and I will probably reread it, maybe more than once.
Blaine finds himself at odds with a county judge that throws the attorney that Blaine assigned to a prestigious local murder case, and demands that Blaine prosecute the case himself. The judge is very loud and rude about how he does this, to the point that several people in the hallway outside his office hear the whole thing.
If that is not enough pressure, the judge is shot through the head, in his office, later that evening. He is found by his assistant, who has returned to pick up a book that she had left at work. While no one wants to believe it, Blaine and the attorney that works for him have become suspects.
It is up to Kat to clear her husband’s name. The cast of characters includes the judge, who was addicted to computer porn. The judge’s wife, who has inherited her parents estate, and is currently building a castle, complete with moat, in the middle of Kansas! The woman the judge was having an affair with (and her ex-con husband). The head of Mothers Against Pornography Addiction, who is not at all like Kat thinks she might be. A college student in Kat’s daughter’s sorority who is making quite a living by appearing on porn sites.
Then there is the gun that walked off, Kat’s guard dog, Rudy, and a former Green Beret who just happens to have a set of handcuffs at just the right time.
Great characters, well formatted plot, and a gentle look at the porn industry, and why people do what they do.
So, in-between attempting to write her next book, taking care of the dogs and cooking so her husband will at least eat one meal a day--she calls on everyone possible to get to the bottom of this. She really meets up with some interesting characters. And of course everyone is telling her what they know--the phone is ringing off the hook--and she is using a lot of gas!!
This delves into the porn industry in a very sensitive way-it will not offend anyone. It also tells ways to help those addicted.
The ending will definitely surprise you and left me feeling sad for one of the characters, but not the murderer!
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I had to put a few things aside so I could sit in quiet and read
Thanks for Kat and her having such loyal dogs