Sunny Side Up (A Deadline Cozy Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This one is free but you are going to pay for the rest. Why not make it the size of a normal book and charge people. I would pay for a full book. I won't pay for chapter novels. It's a cheap ailuthor trick that we, the readers, are sick of seeing.
Eve Lloyd sold her NY restaurant and divorced her useless ex-husband, rented out her apartment on a six-month lease and took a trip to visit her aunt. But when she arrived, her aunt was gone and the townsfolk found Eve quite strange. She comes back from dinner with her aunt's real estate agent and finds a dead body in her kitchen with a woman she'd only met the day before, claiming she just walked in on the dead body. As she tries to establish her own alibi, and prevent the townsfolk from thinking she's guilty, Eve finds a few new friends and develops a crush on the detective. She's captured by the perpetrator before the end and almost meets her own maker, but luckily the detective saves her. And Eve learns what her ex-husband did to try to save her.
A cute, fun, simple read... nice intro to the cast of characters and the town. Easy for a light afternoon. Good beginning for a new series that shows promise.
It needs depth. Dialogue was a little combative in the beginning. Wish I knew more about her parents and why she's so close to her aunt. Everything just sorta "comes together" as a setup for the series... just hoping it isn't always like that as it would be too simple.
It's a light-and-quick read in between complex plots or an emotional roller-coaster of a read. Give it a chance but look at it as just a couple of hours of fun.
I enjoyed all the characters and thought they were fun. I did struggle with whether to rate it a 4 or a 5. Here is why: it is easy to figure out the "who done it" so I was really just reading how the characters got to the same conclusion rather than trying to solve it with them. I can live with that, but some folks might be disappointed. The plot is not terribly clever. Also there were times that Eve and Jill would kind of rehash points about the clues, but I got over that too. Oh and the beginning was slow going for me.
I decided on a 5 because there was great flow in the plot, there was an actual ending that I did not feel was rushed, AND the ending actually closed up the lingering aspects of the story so no plot holes. There were no obvious editing mistakes ( a huge problem with new kindle books lately). No lengthy descriptions about people, places or events, she let you use your imagination a bit. Attraction to the hunky detective was not lame or overdone. Last the author made me want to buy more of her books because I was interested in Eve's next adventure. I have not had a abundance of luck lately with free books and with this one had zero regrets so bumped it to 5 stars but for sure a solid 4 star. Thanks!
A woman, divorced in a brutal court trial, leaves the scene of her failed marriage...well that was about the end of the predictable. You find yourself liking Eve Lloyd a lot. Eve speaks her mind, as we quickly find out when she arrives on the Rock-Maine Island, from her last home in Manhattan.
Eve has an Aunt Mira who writes best selling historical romances. Mira has an 'open door' policy as far as her niece. So, when Eve arrives and finds her not home...questions arise. Not only that, Eve senses someone lurking outside at night. When she finds foot prints outside her living room window, then a break-in occurs...she calls the police right? Wrong...you see not predictable.
Eve also goes out for some meals with the 'natives' of the Island and speaks her mind about her ex-husband. Words that may come back to haunt her.
I won't say too much more and the story would be spoilt for you if I did. However, you may never eat your eggs sunny side up again...just saying! Enjoy this short book. I only wish it had been longer. Now, I will look for the next volume "Snuffed Out." Enjoy!