Author Joanna Campbell Slan / Reviewed by Felita Daniels
This is the second Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery that Joanna Campbell Slan has written. She’s not new to writing mysteries though. She has another series with Kiki Lowenstein. That series is called a Scrap-N-Craft. I had not read any of the other mysteries. So you can read Kicked to the Curb as a stand-alone. I will say that I enjoyed it so well, I will be looking to add the first book to my TBR pile. The other series probably won’t be far behind.
There were a few things that I thought were refreshing. Cara doesn’t discover the body and she isn’t dating the cop (not yet anyway). Not earth shattering, I know. But it meant that the author wasn’t going for the easy formula. We will have to travel along the investigation on a duel path. What are the cops finding out and what is Cara finding out? Would the crime be solved sooner if each knew what the other did?
I enjoyed all of the characters. They aren’t crazy, zany but had down to earth voices and everyday struggles and problems. Some of the best conversations were between Cara and a new employee Honora McAfee. Honora gave some great womanly advice and had a great attitude toward life and how to handle what it throws at you. I hope we will see more of Honora. Cara is a pleasant protagonist but you get the sense that from what has come before – she’s not at her best or strongest. The fact that she has all these good people around her that care about her and are loyal to her implies to me that there’s more to her than I am seeing in this particular novel. I am willing to read more about her to she becomes more of a leader in the next installment.
The mystery plotting of the novel was done well and had a good balance of clues, possible villains and motives. If you like cozy mysteries where there is a certain amount of facts and evidence – where folks aren’t just ‘guessing’ who did it, but actually trying to put puzzle pieces together- you will enjoy this novel.
About This Author
National Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Joanna Campbell Slan has penned 26 books, including the popular Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series (Agatha Award Finalist). Her new series featuring Cara Mia Delgatto is a spin off from those books. Joanna writes about spunky women who get by with a little help from their friends. A crafting junkie, Joanna lives on a nearly deserted island in Florida with her dog, Jax, who is making a career out of stealing women’s lingerie.