- File Size: 376 KB
- Print Length: 370 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Deadlines (November 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D09W7P4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
A Trifle Dead (Cafe La Femme Culinary Crime Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It was funny and cute and quite food oriented with some fun romance but the angst was over done and annoying, mostly because part of it wasn't really resolved til she had a wake for her dads death very late in the book.
So, besides this line, what's a trifle terrific about this book? Let me count the ways:
1. Not only does our cozy heroine wear vintage glam clothes while making outrageously delicious sounding cafe concoctions, but she doesn't hesitate to stick her nose into police business. There's no manufactured lame reason cooked up (pardon the pun) for why a civilian cafe owner would be sleuthing into a dangerous murder case. She's doing it straight up first and foremost because she's nosey. And, oh yeah, she's a cop's daughter and she's being stalked by someone, who might be the killer, who has a shocking ping pong ball fetish.
2. She's not in denial about when she's in denial. Rather than denying it like so many irritating heroines, our girl embraces it candidly. Whether it's in regard to who's stalking her or who she's snogging, she comes right out admitting that denial is sometimes quite useful.
3. Tasmanian slang. Plus the Hobart Bay setting. She goes on about the cute Scottish accent of one of the guys she's snogging (more innocent than it sounds) but honestly, who doesn't love the accent and slang of someone who lives that close to the S. Pole?
4. The way the author weaves in back story without once breaking the ever-forward screwball flow. That's the true test of a good writer. Especially when she's able to spring enlightenment upon the reader so gradually and smoothly you hardly notice how much smarter you're getting as you read avidly onward.
5. Even though I knew who one of the perps had to be (was focused on too much, showed up too much for a side character) I was still surprised and caught up in the climactic scene when we find out whodunit. Or rather, who-REALLY-dunit.
6. The repartee is actually witty, unlike so much dialogue today in cozy mysteries claiming to be humorous.
7. The book is seriously fun. And did I mention, a trifle terrific? I'm off to hunt for the next in the series. Bon appetit!
I thoroughly enjoyed A Trifle Dead. It's a light hearted (except for the murders, of course, but there's no graphic or sadistic nastiness even there) and often funny mystery with a protagonist whose delight in food and fashion provides an intriguing backdrop to mysterious crimes and murder. Add in her collection of eccentric friends and acquaintances plus twists in the plot and we have a fascinating mix that makes it a real reading pleasure.