Saturday, June 9, 2018

Death of a Dead Man

Author:  Karin Kaufman
Series:  A Juniper Grove Mystery #1
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publication Date:  June 17, 2017
Source:  Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Description:  In the small town of Juniper Grove, newcomer Rachel Stowe has finally found the good friends and quiet life she always craved. So when a stranger arrives in town and stirs painful memories of a baffling episode in the town’s past, Rachel vows to put an end to his mischief.

But events take a nasty turn when Rachel discovers a body in her own backyard and suspicion for the murder falls on her widowed neighbor. Despite being warned off the case by the town’s handsome but aloof police chief, Rachel makes it her mission to clear her neighbor’s name and find the real killer. Can she crack the case before another body turns up?

My Review

This book has shown up as recommendations from friends as well as in my recommendations from Amazon several times in the past couple of months so after taking a break from some ARC reviews I decided to give this book a try.
This is a light, quick cozy mystery read.  It is shorter in length (at 197 pages) than most of the cozy mysteries that I read. That is always a concern for me when I look at the page length of a book.  Unless it's a novella that is part of an established series, many times I find that the author doesn't have enough time to properly develop the story, characters and mystery.  That was not the case here.  I didn't find that the shortened page length impacted the author's ability to develop the characters and lay out a well crafted mystery.
I thought Rachel was a personable character and I could relate to her both on an age level and where she was in her personal/professional life.  She is not a reckless or thoughtless sleuth and only becomes involved once the dead body of her neighbors recently declared dead husband is found in her backyard.  Rachel is coupled with a cast of diverse secondary characters including her two friends that round out the cast nicely.

I though the mystery was well done and carried throughout the entire story line.  The plot has a good pace that kept me turning pages.  There were also plenty of clues with some twists and turns thrown in the mix to keep the reader guessing.  I had some suspicions about who I thought might be the culprit but did not guess the motive or the correct person.  

This is was fun, quick read with a personable protagonist, a well rounded cast of secondary characters and a mystery that kept me guessing.  I will be adding this series to my to be read list and will be returning to Jupiter Grove to read the other books in the series.

1 comment:

  1. Sound like a great book. The shortness might have been the way it was set up on ebook. Glad you loved it.