Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Dressed to Kill - Blog Tour Review + Giveaway
Dressed to Kill by Lynn Cahoon
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Source: Blog Tour
Description: Jill Gardner - owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California - is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity...
Of course everyone is expecting a "dead" body at the dress rehearsal... but this one isn't acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor's conniving girlfriend Sherry...who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill's main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator...but is she a killder? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act and by then it may be far too late. (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: This is a series I've been reading since the beginning and have always enjoyed it.
My Impression: This is my fourth visit to South Cove to spend time with Jill, Greg, Jackie, Toby and the rest of the group. As usual I was not disappointed. There's a little bit more going on than I usually prefer in a mystery with Jill and Greg's relationship, running the business, dealing with her aunt and just the rest of the small town politics. However, in this series I really enjoy the side plots. Part of it is that I really like Jill and everyone else (especially Toby. I love Toby). The other part is the pacing is quick and breezy so it never feels like I'm getting bogged down in details. The mystery itself is interesting with a good scattering of clues and I wasn't exactly sure what was going on until it wrapped up at the end of the book.
My main problem was Jill's relationship with Sherry. I felt like more people should've stood up for Jill. Sherry would say or do something really nasty to Jill and everyone would be really dismissive and tell Jill to be nice. I wanted to jump into the book and give Sherry and a few other people a good talking too!
Overall, this is a fun mystery set in an interesting place with quite a varied and (for the most part) likable group of characters.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Absolutely! I've already got the next book and am looking forward to reading it.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes, if you enjoy cozies this is a fun one! While it's not necessary to start at the beginning I think it'd be more fun that way.
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