The Trouble With Murder
Gourmet Cat Mystery, Book #1
Colbie Summers has moved back in with her father, a place she left with no intention of ever returning. When her father grows ill, Colbie knows she has no choice but to pack up her 12-year-old son, their cat, Trouble, and her gourmet cat food business and go back to the tiny town of Sunnyside, CA.
While Colbie expected that things might be complicated, she certainly never expected the complications to lead to murder. When police suspect her of murdering one of the other women in the Sunnyside Power Moms trade show, Colbie realizes that in order to save her name, her business, and her son, she needs to find out who the real killer is and that might include getting into a little trouble! (Goodreads)
This was a great debut book for this author and I really enjoyed it. It has everything that I look for when reading a cozy: great characters, a homey setting, family love, friendship, a great mystery and a curious cat.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Colbie is a strong woman who has a lot on her plate. She has her business to run, her son to raise and her dad to nurse back to health. I thought that Colbie was a good protagonist and I enjoyed getting to know her. Her and her father did not always get along when she was younger, but know she is learning how much family means. It was nice to meet her friends and get to spend some time with them.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. The mystery was well plotted and well paced throughout the book. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through to make this mystery difficult to solve.
One thing that I really liked about this book was the fact that Colbie has a son and she had to consider him when she is snooping. She has to be a little more careful when she is gathering her clues so that she does not put him in any danger. That made the book seem more real to me.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It is hard to believe this is the author’s first book, it felt like she was a seasoned author. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this great book.