By Deborah Brown Editions: here Published: July 1st 2011 by Paradise Books, LLC Genre: Adult Chick Lit / Cozy Mystery Source: review copy
When Madison Westin, the main character, inherits her aunt’s beachfront motel in the Florida Keys, or so she thinks. Tarpon Cove is not your typical sleepy beach town: Seduction, drunks, ex-cons and fugitives are not the usual fare for someone looking to start a new chapter in their life. Wrestling control of the property from both the lawyer and the conniving motel manager will be no easy feat. But Madison likes living on the edge so she feels right at home. Bullets fly, a dead body turns up, a kidnapping and blackmail. Madison really has to learn not to leave home without her Glock or it could get her killed.
Bomy’s Flutter: a fun cozy mystery&romance
World Building: Contemporary Florida Keys setting.
Characters: Fun; Madison is a grown woman who’s rebuilding her life after a divorce, and she felt right to me with her sense of humor and spunky attitude. Zach was cool too, they had good chemistry and their relationship was interesting to see happen. Some of the other characters seemed briefly focused on, more functional, but certainly amusing – at least some of them, like Madison’s mom for one.
Plot: Nice to read, but not overly gripping. Wasn’t meant to be all that gripping, I think, this is cozy and more of a comedy. It did make me chuckle often, as it meant to. I mean, the beginning of the novel, that funeral alone had me laughing in no time.
Writing: Easy and accessible, loads of humor – and I always love that. I liked the writing more then the story itself, it was what kept me fully interested. Humor always finds an easy place in my heart 🙂
Curb Appeal: Pretty good presentation, but not impulse buy material. The cover does give the easy, fun vibe the book does too, despite some of the action that’s not amusing per se.
All in all, this was a nice read, it was easy and made me laugh. If you feel like unwinding, give it a try.