Author B. L. Blair / Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 193 Pages
This is the first in the Leah Norwood Mystery series. I am looking forward to more. Leah is a strong female character. She is a shopkeeper and discovers a body in the opening pages of the novel. This puts her at the top of the suspect list.
There’s a new Chief of Police, Alexander Griggs. We see their interaction from the very beginning. Although there looks to be the start of a romance, it does not over shadow the strong mystery plot. I liked that when Leah went somewhere to question someone, she had an objective and an idea about what she needed to discover. This made for tight writing. She wasn’t just wandering around poking her nose in like a busy body. She was being logical about determining who had motives and opportunity.
The author was skilled at letting you know about the small town setting and the characters in Leah’s life by weaving it into the storyline. She didn’t stop and write about it for pages and pages, halting the action. Every page you turned you were getting closer to finding out more about how the body came to be in the dumpster. I appreciated that the writing pace was smooth and the tension could build.
I did figure out who and why before it was disclosed in the book. But I read a LOT of mysteries. This did not detract from my enjoyment of the book. There were nice bits of business such as the strawberry scent, Leah discovering who her real friends are after being labelled a suspect, and that another character enters the romance sub plot later in the book.
If you enjoy strong women characters with a hint of romance give this book a read. This book is a cozy in the sense that there isn’t any explicit sex scenes or violence. I don’t remember there being any foul language either. But there is more action and danger than a Miss Marple type of novel.
About the Author
B. L. Blair writes simple and sweet romance and mystery/romance stories. Like most authors, she has been writing most of her life and has dozens of books started. She just needs the time to finish them.
She is the author of the Holton Romance Series and the Leah Norwood Mysteries. She enjoys reading books, writing books, and traveling wherever and as often as time and money allows. She is currently working on her latest book set in Texas, where she lives with her family.
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