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Unlucky Charms (A Superstition Mystery) Paperback – October 8, 2016
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Linda O. Johnston (Los Angeles, CA) has published over forty romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery series and the Pet-Sitter Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. She also writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series for Midnight Ink. You can visit Linda at www.LindaOJohnston.com.
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As this is the third book in the series, I found all of the "knocking on wood" and other superstitious activities to go overboard in Unlucky Charms. I know that superstitions are the town's claim to fame, as well as the underlying theme of the series, but I just thought there were too many references. It seems almost fanatical to me and I didn't feel that way about the first two books in the series.
I did like the book despite the overuse of superstitious phrases. Rory is continues to be a strong, likable character. She works hard and take pride in running the Lucky Dog Boutique. Her interactions with other townspeople are realistic and believable. Rory's character continues to develop and evolve as she is able to move further away from the death of her fiance, Warren. She doesn't forget about him but she isn't allowing her feelings for him or his death to cloud her ability to move forward.
The mystery was unique in that the person involved in the break-ins identified herself and was then murdered. I like that the story developed a bit first - the book didn't begin with the death right away, other events occurred prior. The murder scene also sets up Rory as the killer and she must work hard and diligently to clear her name and bring the real murder to justice - with or without the help of the police.
If you're looking for an easy read then look no further. Linda O. Johnston's Superstition Mystery series will keep you on your toes. The characters are likable and written with emotion and depth. The mysteries are engaging and the author tosses in a few red herrings to help disguise the true suspect(s). I have enjoyed all of the books in the series so far.
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC copy.
Author: Linda O. Johnston
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub-Genre: Supernatural; Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery
Reviewed For NetGalley and Midnight Ink
Rating: 4 Stars
Poor Rory can't seem to catch a break as her shop, Lucky Dog Boutique and several others in the area are vandalized. The burglar left behind plenty of unlucky charms to worry Rory as she has a new line of toys debuting in her shop soon. When the suspected culprit is later found dead with one of the toys near her Rory is going to need more than a rabbit with oversized feet to bring her luck.
Fun zany characters and not just the pets keep this story hopping. Told with descriptive prose to bring a clear picture of the scenes to the readers mind's eye, "Unlucky charms does charm the reader. Although there are a couple of times the superstition references seemed a bit forced it still made me smile as I read this book. I don't know what exactly what made it a bit slow at times, but I did n=find that I didn't mind walking away to finish dinner or check on the laundry as I usually do. That being said I will be looking to read the installment of the misadventures of Rory and the town of Destiny.
My rating of "Unlucky Charms" is 4 out of 5 stars.
When a local business woman winds up dead, her good luck having run out, of course, it seems Rory is the prime suspect and it's going to take a whole lot of good luck to get her untangled from the giant mess she is in.
This is the first book in this series that I have read and I think it was really unique. I am very familiar with this authors other works and this book was just as good. It was interesting to read about a town built on superstitions and the characters were very believable. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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