Review of Death of a Debtor

Death Of A Debtor
Sophie Coupon Mystery, Book #1
Jenna Harte
5 Stars





Forced to move back home to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia after her father and brother end up in jail for running a Ponzi scheme, Sophie Parker does the best she can. While living with her curmudgeonly aunt, she works as a wench waitress at a pirate-themed restaurant and learns the ins and outs of discount shopping through a coupon group. Life goes from bad to worse when an innocent airplane ride with her former teenage crush, AJ, leads to her being picked up by the police. The plane’s indebted owner has been murdered, and he’s the man who helped put her father in jail. What started as a curiosity has now turned into a quest to make sure she isn’t arrested. Armed with gossip from the women in her coupon group, and her cantankerous aunt, Sophie sets out to find out who killed the ruthless businessman minutes after she flew off with AJ. (Goodreads)




This is a great start to a new cozy mystery series. The characters were fun, the setting engaging and the mystery was carried on well throughout the book.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. Sophie’s life has been turned upside down when her dad and brother are sent to prison for running a Ponzi scheme. Although Sophie is now financially destitute, and all of her neighbors blame her and ostracize her, she still holds her head high and is trying to get her life back on track. Sophie is strong, resilient, brave and smart and I admire her for that. When see “accidentally” runs into AJ, her high school crush, she is excited and nervous. AJ grew up on the “wrong side of the tracks” but that never bothered Sophie. She agrees to go on a plane ride with him and that is when her life falls deeper down the hole. When someone is murdered, her and AJ are considered prime suspects. Now she has to figure out who the real culprit is before she joins her dad and brother in prison.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and this description pulled me into the story from the very beginning of the book. Some of the citizens of the community did not treat Sophie bad, while others were very mean. Even her aunt was not very nice to her. But she does have her couponing group, who for the most part were supportive.

The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved. There were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. There were enough twists and turns to keep it interesting and I was surprised when the murderer was revealed, which is how I like my mysteries.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next one when it is published, which I hope is soon.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Booksprout, which I greatly appreciate .


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