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Sharpe Edge (Maycroft Mystery Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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So when I say that I really enjoyed reading "Sharpe Edge" by Lisa B. Thomas it's because she has, in my opinion, raised the bar on that genre to new heights. Her characters are believable, the situations they get themselves into read as "real," and her plots are well thought out. Thomas also has a strong narrative sense and there are passages in this book that are wonderfully lyrical: The opening paragraph of one chapter describing how people feel at a funeral is but one example of how beautifully she can write.
That said, I think what I liked best about this book and the previous one in her Cozy Suburbs Mystery Series - "Sharpe Shooter" - is her portrayal of female characters. The women in this book are not super heroes; they don't have special powers and they aren't reincarnated Amazon warriors. They are, however, smart, capable, and willing to "do the right thing" when push comes to shove. They care for their families, they care for their community, and they care about their friends and neighbors.
And, like real women everywhere, their feet hurt when they've been in heels too long. That might seem like a trivial point but it makes her characters all the more real for me and so I think that it's important to note.
The plot revolves around the death of an old woman and former-journalism-teacher-turned-reporter Deena Sharpe's informal investigation into the manner in which she died. Deena is 50-something, comfortably married to a man she loves, and a kind of guardian angel to her older brother Russell, an Army veteran suffering from PTSD. She has practically no experience as an investigator so when she's asked to look into the circumstances of the woman's death she's not sure she's up to the job. She agrees to get involved, however, because she can't quite figure out how to say no when she's asked.
"Sharpe Edge" flows along at a nice even pace and the plot has a couple of nice twists to keep readers guessing as to what really happened. The climax is unexpected but, again, believable.
To sum up: A really nice read and a novel I highly recommend.
Deena is a retired high school journalism teacher who acquired a repetition for sleuthing after investigating her uncle's cold case death in the first book of the series.
The book is well written and has some humorous moments. All in all it is an enjoyable cozy mystery listen.
Although the narration is good I prefer the narrator from the first book. The previous narrator had a softer, slower more southern sounding voice.
In contrast the narrator for this novel has a sharper, faster, harsher voice. Although she does okay giving the characters a southern accent, to me it sounds like a northern narrator imitating a faux southern accent. The narrator of the first book's southern accent sounded much more natural.
I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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has romance and just a fun read.