The Corpse Who Walked in the Door
by Jackie King
on Tour September 2014
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Deadly Niche Press
Publication Date: June 2014
Number of Pages: 206
Former society wife Grace Cassidy is learning to live on the minimum wage she earns as a bed & breakfast inn-sitter. Grace finds her cat’s bloody paw prints leading away from a bathtub and wants to run for her life. But she can’t. Her 19-year-old son is accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend down a flight of concrete steps and she won’t abandon him.
The Corpse Who Walked in the Door by Jackie King
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
First of all, this was the first book I had read in this series. Although it is a stand-alone, I always feel a bit behind when I jump into the middle of a series, even if it is a cozy mystery like this. But that is not the author’s fault. Just a recommendation to prospective readers.
Generally, I am a fan of cozy mysteries, and the writing style of this book did not disappoint. I could have done without some of the superfluous profanity that I always think does not belong in cozy mysteries, but it was minimal. Also, there were no bedroom scenes, so that was good. The mystery was fascinating but sometimes a bit hard to follow. Again, that is more my issue than the author’s. I would give this a 3.5 rating for being an easy-to-read mystery with an intriguing concept. I did find that I was struggling to connect with some of the characters, but reading in order might have helped.
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.
Read an excerpt:
Blood colored paw prints trailed from the white tile bathroom onto the faux Oriental rug in the bedroom where Grace stood. The cat-feet marks immobilized Grace. She closed her eyes and prayed that she had been claimed by stress-induced insanity, that there were no dark-red blots before her eyes, but a hallucination. A nice long rest in a mental hospital didn’t sound too bad. Anything except another dead body in this inn where she worked.
Jackie King loves books, writing tall tales, and murdering the people she dislikes on paper. Her latest mystery The Corpse Who Walked in the Door is available in ebook format. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Oklahoma Writers Federation, and Tulsa NightWriters.