Nine Lives to Die
Rating: 2 Stars
In Crozet, Virginia it's time to get ready for Christmas, the annual food drives, fund raisers and charity functions. What Harry, her husband Fair and the other residents of Cozer aren't expecting is for 2 of the leaders of Silver Linings, an organization that focuses on young athletes, to wind up dead each missing 2 fingers. The town really wasn't expecting for news of the town Latin teacher who disappeared 20 years ago.
Why I Picked This Book: This is a series I've seen around but never tried and I liked the idea of the old missing person's case.
Pros: Harry and her friends are very likable and Brown really captures life in the volunteer circuit. I found both mysteries really interesting and when the book strayed away from it for too long I definitely found myself turning the pages to get back to it.
Cons: I'm not a huge fan of talking animals and there is a lot of animal conversations in this book. While some did move the plot along a lot of it felt a little random or unnecessary. While I liked Harry and her friends I could have done with less charity functions and more mystery. There was a lot of product placement. If a character drove a truck it wasn't just a truck or a new truck it was a brand new Ford F350 or something like that. I don't mind product placement in general - like if a character says "Do you have any Motrin?" when she has a headache but all the detail especially around the vehicles got a little cluttered.
Overall: I don't think this series is for me. While I enjoyed the mystery part and Harry and her friends are a likable cast of characters the animals playing such a vocal role and the extra details won't have have me reaching for the next one. It strayed a little too much into the cutesy for me.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Probably not another one in this series though I try another book by the author.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Probably not.