Saturday, May 7, 2016

Breaking for Bodies

Author:  Duffy Brown
Series:  Cycle Path Mystery #2
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Berkley
PUblished  April 2016

Description:  Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.

But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name.

My Review

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of this author and any new installment to either of her series is an automatic buy for me.  This is the second book in the Cycle Path Mystery series and Ms. Brown does not disappoint.  She delivers everything we have come to expect from her as an author.

Breaking for Bodies is a fun filled, fast pace, race across Mackinac Island to discover the identity of a killer and to prove Evie's best friend Fiona is innocent.  This is an engaging read that hooks the reader right from the start and drags us along until a very climatic ending. The story is well plotted with a fast pace that keeps the reader turning pages until we find out the identity of the killer or killers.   The mystery is strong, with plenty of viable suspects since the "Peepster" was not a nice or well liked individual.  There are plenty of suspects and motives weaved throughout the story.  I particularly enjoyed that the guests of the Grand Hotel were made to believe that the discover of a body on the lawn of the hotel was part of a murder mystery weekend.  It was a nice twist that provided plenty of humor.

I love the characters in this book.  Poor Evie is living with a black cloud but she is loyal, smart, fun, sarcastic and extremely likable.  I like the way Ms. Brown is developing the relationship between Evie and Nate Sutter.  She is taking her time and letting it develop naturally.  All of our favorite secondary characters are back including Evie's mom.  These characters are so well written and just jump off the page that the next time I visit Mackinac Island I expect to see Irma and Rudy selling fudge on main street, or go rent a bicycle from Evie.  

This was a fantastic story and I can't wait for the next installment.  Ms. Brown is such a wonderful writer and has crafted a series that just draws you in and transports you to another place and makes you feel at home, just like these people are your friends or neighbors.  I am never disappointed when I pick up a book by this author but rather find myself highly entertained.  If you are fan, don't miss this installment in the Cycle Path Mystery series.  If you haven't tried Duffy Brown, I recommend you pick up a book a give her a try.  You won't be disappointed.

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