Books Can Be Deceiving
Author: Jenn McKinley
I enjoyed this book, but the plot and characters are very formula. The incompetant small town police chief. The asshat local celebrity. The helpless, innocent woman accused of murder.
But, this is a cozy mystery series. Formula is pretty common in the genre. I didn't mind it in this case. Despite a little bit of awkward dialogue, the story was well written, the characters interesting, and the plot well-done. As a cozy, the book is meant to be an easy afternoon read, and not a police procedural with complex characters and plot twists. As a simple mystery, the plot and kitsch were engaging enough to keep me reading.
I will definitely be reading more books in this series. It might be formula, but it wasn't trite, poorly written or annoying as some cozy mysteries can be. Kudos to Jenn McKinley for a great first book in a series! Can't wait to read the second book!
My rating: 7/10