I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts
Published by Lyrical Underground on December 6th 2016
Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies
When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder!
Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .
Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .
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First book read during Dewey’s 24 hour readathon! It was pretty short at 250 pages and since I love cozy mysteries I thought this would be a great way to start.
My bar for cozy mysteries is set pretty high. I’ve read quite a few, this year alone, but this genre seems to be my go to genre at the moment.
To start, there were a couple things I didn’t like. Not enough clues leading to the killer and Charli really had no reason to stay in her old town. The plot was that she didn’t have the money to get back. I don’t think the book has her age but it’s been ten years since she left her town, her ex, her dad, basically her entire life behind her, so I’m assuming she’s close to 28. Not that I had a ton of money at 28 but she’s a kindergarten teacher so she has to have some money. She goes around begging to borrow $180 bucks for a bus ticket back home. I’ve definitely lived payday to payday but I think this was a plot ploy to keep her in town. I think it would be a little easier, or at least more believable, to just make her a suspect in the crime.
The way the crime happens, she’s not entirely a suspect but since she has so much to do with the case, she still needs to stick around. While she’s in town she runs into her ex, Cade, who is now mayor, and the hunky cop, Mateo. I was starting to worry that this would turn into a love triangle. I like both guys but think Charli has some thinking to do.
The characterization was done really well. Other than the few negatives, which have to do mostly with the plot, I found myself enjoying this. Partly because Charli is hilarious but has a bad rep. It’s a small town, what’s a gal to do? And I mean, it’s been ten years people! Get something else to gossip about!
As the reader is learning more about Charli and her town, we also learn more about who the killer might be. Charli isn’t going as far as pointing at everyone but since she isn’t friends with most of the town, and since her dad is missing, she knows she has to look into this and suspect everyone. Put on Nancy Drew hat! Sadly, there aren’t many clues pointing to the true killer so it is hard to figure out, for Charlie and it was hard for me. And once she does the killer decides to explain everything.
By the time I got to the end though, I was in love with the characters and wanted to know more about them. Especially Princess. Princess is adorable! I need my own pet armadillo!
|Overall:||3.6 / 5|
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