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The mystery was well planned and kept you guessing till the very end-anyone and everyone could be guilty. Ms. Crabtree's writing was flawless and I loved her sense of humor. Great series opener!
Quite a bit going on for a novella. Hayden, the editor of the newspaper, is Kat's former crush (and I didn't get the impression he knows it). The detective assigned to the case is also newly moved back to Hatter's Cove, from his and Kat's former town of Miami, so they have...let's say a rapport.
Could use a reread by an editor.
The ending was not an ending at all. I don't mean the big reveal, that was good and came together logically, but the climatic scene ended right in the middle of it! I was expecting the last chapter to finish the action but it jumped to an Epilogue and what should have been the rest of the scene was summed up in just a few conversation sentences. It felt like kind of a cop out and was very disappointing.
I'm happy there was no romantic involvement as someone suggested because that kind of sub plot would've probably convoluted the story that had enough going on.
Two things that bothered me: Evan's wardrobe choices didn't make sense to me because it didn't match the character as you described him. And picturing the one eyed alley cat kinda grossed me out. Her picking him up and then handing him off was icky to me. (Lol) Although it was nice of them to rescue him & make him the 'office cat' :)
I will read other books by this author unless she pulls another ending scene like this, then I'm done.
Also, on page 128, the wrong "stationery" is used. It should be the '-ery' one, not the '-ary' one. (But that's just my nit picking)
This cozy mystery kept me guessing and even had me doubting my predictions. However, there were three cases of profanity, one expletive, a sarcastic remark about the Bible, and melodrama about affairs. I was also disappointed that the majority of the story was presented in explanations via dialogue. Though there were a couple of moments of action, I thought there could have been a much better balance between the action and dialogue to create a less tiresome atmosphere.
I was not compensated for my honest review.
Quirky characters in the charming, small town of Hatter's Cove are usually bored with the local news. News reporter Kat gets the sniff of a potential story, only to stumble on what becomes a full-fledged murder investigation. Her boss, who's good on the eyes but shy of relationships, encourages the story while they all battle against a rival news agency. Throw in an oddball cop or so, a mildly amusing host of other townsfolk, and you get a group that's a joy to read about.
The mystery is surprisingly complex for this type, as it seemed simple enough at first but then started getting more stacked onto it. Being a reporter, it was realistic for the protagonist to be in the position to keep uncovering secrets and the sequences of events.
While there's nothing original about a reporter having to turn back to her original, small hometown and hicksville atmosphere, Crabtree's writing flowed well and brought enough to charm to carry it off. It's short, sweet, and at first simple - but it unfolds into an actual mystery. I did have the tendency to skim sometimes, but this could have been my mood or else because I read it as an e-book (I can't focus as well on some of those, skimming beware.)
Recommended for a quick, holiday cozy.