Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Death of a Red-Hot Rancher - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Death of a Red-Hot Rancher (Love is Murder Mystery #1) by Mimi Granger

Rating:  Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Lizzie Hale may be the lucky owner of a successful romance bookshop, Love Under the Covers, but she's decidedly un-lucky in love. Though she's read almost every famous romance novelist, from Jane Austen to Nora Roberts, none have helped her figure out how to get--and keep--a man.

But Lizzie has bigger problems to worry about. Like murder.

When Brody Pierce, swoon-worthy ranch owner and resident bachelor, is found stabbed through the chest, hearts were heard breaking all over idyllic Tinker's Creek. But when Lizzie's aunt is implicated in the murder, she's determined to clear her name. Lizzie quickly realizes that Brody was a hunk with many hidden secrets, and she's soon leafing through a stack of suspects longer than Brody's list of lovers.

With the killer still on the loose, Lizzie will have to find the truth before this act of passion ignites a fire she can't put out.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I love a bookish cozies but don't think I've ever come across one that was set in a romance bookstore.  I was really intrigued by this genre mish-mash.  

My Impression: This was such a fun read!  Love Under the Covers is a bookstore that I wish was real (and local!) and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of it.  Things start looking decidedly less rosy when she stumbles over a dead body while returning a credit card.  The body happens to belong to Brody Pierce who every woman in town is in love with and every man wants to be.  And Lizzie thinks might be her aunt's secret boyfriend.

The mystery unravels nicely as Lizzie gets pulled into the investigation to defend her aunt and find out just what happened.  The addition of Violet, Brody's dog who now seems to belong to Lizzie made for a good companion and a nice change from the usual cat cozy.  

I enjoyed this mystery.  It was a quick easy read and even with the first book setup it was well paced.  I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Definitely!  I've enjoyed other books by this author under another name and I'm looking forward to seeing where this series goes.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you like cozies this is a great start to the series - especially if you romances as well.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Oh indeed does sound really a great setting. At first I thought it was going to be cowboy, but no. A bookstore and seems like a very book knowledgeable owner. Promising!