The Trouble With Truth
Gourmet Cat Mystery, Book #2
Things are looking up for single mom Colbie Summers. After relocating back to her California hometown with her adolescent son and taste-testing feline, Trouble, she’s ready to take her gourmet cat food company to the next level. Until helping a teenager gets Colbie mixed up in a fresh case of murder…
Trying to balance her hectic family life with her growing business—including a coveted contract with the local organic food store—leaves Colbie scrambling to keep all her balls in the air. But when a Sunnyside resident is found dead in his garage, she takes on a new role: harboring a suspected killer.
The eighteen-year-old murder suspect, a former foster kid and Colbie’s part-time chef, had a powerful motive to snuff out the high-profile businessman. The real question is, who didn’t? Sifting through the victim’s sordid history unearths a cat’s cradle of crimes, including money laundering and abuse. Now, to clear an innocent girl’s name, Colbie must sniff out the truth before a killer who smells trouble goes on the attack again. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I really enjoy the family dynamics of Colbie, her son Elliott and her dad. They love each other and enjoy spending time together and their interactions are believable. I always like when the protagonist is a mom, that makes them more relatable to me. The secondary characters added a lot to the story, especially Tod, her agoraphobic friend.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and that kept me engaged throughout the entire book. I felt like I was right there in Sunnyside, watching all of the action unfold. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. It allowed me to know the characters through their actions and words.
The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and it was not easily solved.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With engaging characters, an enticing setting and an intriguing mystery, this book is a winner.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.