Author Evelyn Cullet/ Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 265 pages
Once Upon a Crime
Published by Wings ePress (September 1, 2014)
Love isn’t always a fairy tale…and Charlotte Ross has kissed her share of frogs, but that’s all behind her. Fleeing her life for a short break, Charlotte, along with her best friend Jane Marshall, find themselves at her aunt’s home in the sleepy town of Raven’s Caw, Michigan. Charlotte hopes to recover from another breakup with her fiancé, and her friend Jane, a new mystery writer, is looking forward to somewhere relaxing. But life has different plans for the two friends and they find themselves swept up in a whirlwind of romance, mystery and murder.
Sparks fly between Jane and Charlotte’s attractive, Machiavellian cousin, Kenny. But is the attraction too good to be true or just a diversion from a mystery that has piqued her interest? Charlotte is pulled along on this roller-coaster of emotion when she meets up with her first love, as she and Jane discover links between a murder that happened twelve years earlier and a recent crime. Risking their lives and hearts, the friends race against the past in an effort to solve the crimes before one of them becomes the next victim.
This novel starts out with Charlotte and Jane getting away from their normal setting. Soon two men enter their lives and they both make decisions with their hearts and heads. I can’t say I would make the same decisions Jane did. Everywhere Kenny went there seemed to be a woman flirting with him or angry at him. Can you say “warning sign?”
The people you meet in this town are quirky but realistic. We all know a gal that gets others to ‘do for her’ when the other women around know she is perfectly capable. She’s not really that helpless. There are others that can’t do without their coffee in the morning. And what would a local diner or hair salon be without those ‘regulars’ that tell you what goes on around town. Things begin to happen that seem to be related to an old unsolved murder in town. Before long they are knee deep in clues, suspects, and motives along with some fresh bodies. If you like twists and turns and a dash of drama, you will probably like this book.
About This Author
I’ve been an aspiring author since high school when I wrote short stories to amuse family members. I began my first novel while attending college later in life, and while working in the offices of a major soft drink company. Even though my job, my home, and my family always took precedence, I continued to attend writing classes and work on my novels. Now, after taking early retirement, I finally have the chance to do what I love best; write full-time. While I enjoy playing the piano, being an organic gardener, and an amateur Lapidary, writing has always been my passion. I was a former member of the Agatha Christie Society and am currently a member of Sisters in Crime. I write mysteries with light romance and a little humor. My husband and I live in a suburb of Chicago along with our Black Lab/Pit Bull, Bailey.