My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a terrific surprise this book was! I picked it up, and I really didn’t hold out much hope for it. I expected the typical, run-of-the-mill mystery, but was I in for a shock! Once I began reading, I honestly did not want to put it down. And with my review schedule, that doesn’t happen much any more. I often read several books at once, and even some of my top-rated books are not suspenseful page-turners.
First of all, there is no sex in the book, and the profanity it extremely minimal. I am immensely pleased to report that the Lord’s name is never misused (that is a trend all too common in the vast majority of the books I read). This is a book that I would happily let a mature teenager read. (I say mature because a teen might be bored with the lack of violence or struggle with the hairpin twists and turns.) My mom noticed the book tonight, and the cover alone captured her attention. She plans to read it next. (That is high praise since my mom only recently became enthralled with reading.)
This book was fast-paced, well-written, and delightful. The chapters are very short–two to three pages–and that technique kept things from ever getting bored. I am one who detests long chapters. I did not decipher every piece of intrigue, but I had the “big stuff” figure out. However, that did not diminish my enjoyment of the book. The road to the truth is fraught with many pitfalls along the way. I can certainly classify this as a “cozy mystery” or maybe a “cozy thriller” (does such a genre exist?). My only complaint concerning realism is that the characters in the book drink wine and champagne with no ill effect! Then again, probably drinking over several hours may not truly cause anything untoward to happen to the person imbibing. (By the way, my complaint should not be taken seriously. I’m just kidding.)
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.