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- Print Length: 264 pages
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- Publisher: Dungeon Media Corp. (March 30, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 30, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B9YD86V
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,695 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The main character is an annoying twit. Also, ahe has no spine. And no attempt to really have her grow one. She's boring. Which pretty much describes the book.
Another thing... Buzzwords. They are infuriating enough when foisted on me at work in some pseudo-intellectual attempt at communication. Even worse when an author, who purportedly makes their living with the use of language, can't do any better than to make the entire book one long drawn out buzzword.
Waste of money.
Also. Not funny. At all. Not dry, not witty, not sly, not sarcastic, not anything.
And reverse harem. What?
Instead of trying to cash in on the latest fads, it would have been better trying to put some actual though and effort into characterization.
Finally. Pacing. There is none. It's all blah blah blah until the end of the book then all of a sudden everything happens and it all is revealed.
All she wants is to escape from what has become 'her life'. She thought it was good...had a wonderfully wealthy, sexy boyfriend who opened a juice bar with her, but instead, was dropped financially drained and out to dry when he suddenly picks up a new girl. Moving to the small town to work at a 2nd hand store might not be everyone's dream, but it's the switch she hopes can help. But when her first steps into the town land in her in the middle of a funeral for her new boss, life flips. She finds herself the new owner of everything her boss once had, including three black cats with an attitude. To make matters worse, as the sole heir to the estate of a woman she didn't know and had nothing to do with her, she's landed the spot of key suspect in her boss's murder.
This story is silly, warm-hearted, packed with 'hot' guys with attitudes, holds a woven mystery, and even sets up a stubborn ghost. The mixture is humorous every step of the way. The main character is in over her head...but then, who wouldn't be. Yet, she handles everything pretty well. Her lack of common sense can be a bit frustrating, but it also adds giggles. The 'hot' guys made me wonder in this first book if things might get a bit too juicy too fast, but this is not the case. There are tons of taunting moments word wise...lots of innuendoes which had me rolling my eyes....but this main character keeps these 3 guys at bay for now. Which is good and makes for that much more fun.
I'll definitely be continuing this series with a cup of hot chocolate in hand because it fits so nicely.
Agatha’s ghost is not much help and her 3 large bumbling cat familiars are an interesting diversion! They have taken to morphing to human form without warning, and while no overt sexual acts are alluded to, they certainly seem to be on the feline minds!
I would be interested to see how this relationship develops in future books, once Price has settled into a life with her own personal entourage...
I found the book to be too talky. A lot of time was spent on the main character, who has just inherited the thrift shop from a woman she doesn't know, denying the fact that she is in the middle of a supernatural situation, despite the fact that she is dealing with a mouthy old lady ghost and some talking cats.
This was a quick read, so I was willing to finish it, but nothing much happened until the very end of the book and then BANG! all was revealed.
Top international reviews
Loved the characters and reading more about them.
What's not to love about the characters ;-).
Howell and Hibbet have written a good murder mystery, I changed my mind on who-dun-it a few times but in the end my first guess was near enough correct. I liked the different characters and how they all connect in different ways, very murder mystery like. I also like the brief glimpses into Price’s past, I have a feeling we’ll get to learn more about what happened with her ex and in her childhood as the series progresses.
My biggest complaint with this book would be the grammatical errors. Now, I’m not unused to seeing a few spelling errors and normally they can be ignored, we’re all human after all and a misspelled word or an extra word here or there won’t make or break a story for me. But, I found that there were errors peppered throughout the whole book ranging from a wrong word, such as HER instead of WHERE, to having the use of past tense get confused with the use of present tense. It was enough that it made my reading experience feel a bit disjointed which was disappointing.
A Thrift Shop Murder was a quick funny read. I enjoyed its quirks and it’s spin on witches in Salem, and being a reverse harem just adds points. It has a few grammatical errors but I would still recommend giving this one a go. With a series title of Cats, Ghosts, & Avocado Toast, how could you pass it up?
However, there was something about the combination of the characters and the plot that was more than a little addictive. So, darn it, I will check out the second book 🤨
3 stars ⭐️