- File Size: 1000 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ellen Jacobson (June 28, 2019)
- Publication Date: June 28, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07S9H36GZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Poisoned by the Pier (A Mollie McGhie Cozy Sailing Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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With quirky characters, twisty turns, and a bit of redemption for some of the characters, Poisoned by the Pier has everything needed for a clean, cozy mystery read!
Mollie McGhie’s husband, the beloved Scooter, bought her a dilapidated sailboat for their anniversary. Though they now live on the boat (somehow Mollie survives without a decent kitchen, A/C, or storage), she has yet to sail. Might we see the Marjorie Jane on the water some day?
Scooter’s new nickname for his wife is—get this—Milk Dud. I don’t think I’d like anyone to call me a dud, hehe. The nickname is especially ironic given that Scooter has thrown away all of Mollie’s chocolate *gasps* for a fad diet sweeping the town: Rutamentals. The diet features disgusting rutabaga (like blueberry, rutabaga, and algae breakfast bars) in every food. I enjoyed the accurate cult-like following and non-FDA-approved supplements characterizing most inane fad diets. You can bet Mollie is cheating like crazy, visiting Penelope’s Sugar Shack daily.
But my favorite parts of the story involve Mollie’s interactions with the police chief, whose furry raccoon eyebrows communicate more than his words.
”How do you know how old I am?”
He shrugged. “It’s on your record.”
“Are you denying that you have a record?”
I kicked off my flip-flops and scrunched my toes in the sand. “It was just a misunderstanding.”
“A misunderstanding involving bolt cutters?” he asked.
Besides the chief, another scene stealer is Mrs. Moto, the Japanese bobtail cat. When Mrs. Moto paws mystery novels off of the shelf, Mollie’s brief reviews of each book are a tongue-in-cheek reference to the mystery series in which she’s a star:
”Okay, I have to admit, I didn’t love this one. The characters were really boring, and unless the characters grab you right away, it doesn’t matter how good the plot is. I’m sure you’d agree.”
Yes, Ellen, I do agree! Mollie and her supporting cast are winsome and engaging.
Mollie isn't happy with her husband, Scooter. Not only is she now stuck living on a small boat, which is still in repair on the dry dock, but he's decided they're both going on a diet, which involves disgusting mixes at best. Luckily, there's a festival in the making, and she's determined to win not only the cake contest but the costume one for pets as well (there was no mention in the rules that only dogs could participate). When the cake contest has Mollie running across another murder victim, her investigation instincts switch into high gear.
Mollie is a character after my own heart. She's quirky, a little silly, has a great sense when it comes to her sweet toothy, and yet, has more sense than anyone gives her credit for. It's always a treat to follow her through her adventures. Old characters mix with new, but that doesn't mean it's clear who the murderer really is. Everyone has secrets and skeletons in their closets. And boatyards are never, ever boring. Although I personally have no clue about boating, the author introduces the details in a very natural way.
The mystery flows smoothly along with all of Mollie's other daily adventures, and she has plenty of those. Some moments are predictable. Others leave the reader guessing. It makes for a very easy, enjoyable read, and I can't wait to see where Mollie's adventures go next.
I received a complimentary ARC copy and enjoyed every page. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts.