Review of Harlow

Harlow
A Hathaway Sister Mystery, Book #2
Kathi Daley
5 Stars

44155861Synopsis:

The Hathaway Sisters is a new mystery series by USA Today Bestselling Author Kathi Daley. In book 2 of the series, bookstore owner Harlow Hathaway buys forty boxes of books, some rare and some not, at the estate sale of a man who recently died. With the help of her best friend Cooper Callaway, she begins to inventory her purchase finds a complete set of signed novels penned by her favorite author of all time, Alistair Winslow.

Winslow is a reclusive writer who spins his tales from a secret hideaway. Most assume that Alistair Winslow is a pen name and not a given name, but while many have tried, none have been able to unmask the man and reveal his true identity.

At the bottom of one of the boxes is an envelope with what look to be pages from an unpublished manuscript. Harlow is sure the manuscript was penned by Winslow and that the novel, which is much different that his other work, holds a secret to his true identity. Harmony and Coop take to the road in search of answers relating to the reclusive author and his relationship with the reluctant heir who appears to have been his friend. (Goodreads)

 

Review:

Harlow is hardworking and curious and when she comes across a mystery, she is hard pressed to let it go. When she buys some books from an estate sale and finds a complete set of signed novels by her favorite author of all time, Alistair Winslow, she is beyond excited. No one knows the author’s true identity and she thinks it would be great to figure out who the author is. With the help of her good friend, Coop, who is a private investigator, she sets out to do just that. But things never work out the way that we plan, and she finds herself investigating a murder along with the hidden identity.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Coop is a great guy and the friendship between him and Harlow may be moving into something more serious. I was great to spend more time with Harlow’s family and catch up on what is going on in their lives.

The writing style flows smoothly throughout the entire book. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The mystery was well plotted and had enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider. I liked the fact that Harlow did not stumble across a dead body, which happens often in cozies that I reads. It was refreshing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. If you like cozies that have a lot of family dynamics, you should give this book a try.

 

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