The Trouble With Talent
Gourmet Cat Mystery, Book #3
Single mom Colbie Summers has a lot to be grateful for in the run up to Thanksgiving. Relocating back to her California hometown has brought her irascible dad and adolescent son closer. Her gourmet cat food line—vetted by her trusty taste-tester, Trouble—is about to get a big re-order. And she’s made wonderful new friends and colleagues. Too bad one them has just been accused of murder . . .
Sunnyside’s most gifted students have been at the mercy of a shadowy network of college fixers—including an abusive oboe teacher whose recommendation is necessary to get into Julliard and a school secretary who alters grades for cash. When they turn up dead, Colbie has to untangle a cat’s cradle of suspects and motivations—from livid parents and students whose dreams have been crushed to an entire secret Facebook group of spurned lovers.
Suddenly, holiday preparations just got a lot hairier. With the big re-order now on hold and the real killer still at large, Colbie discovers that someone has been grading on a very dangerous curve—and it will take all her newfound sleuthing talent to land safely on her feet. (Goodreads)
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there in Sunnyside, watching all the action take place and listening in on conversations. This description brought everything to life in my mind’s eye.
The characters are well rounded and well developed. Colbie is a smart, determined woman who has a lot on her plate, so when a murder takes place, she knows she has to help solve the mystery, even though she does not have the time. With the help of her friends, she sets out to do just that. I enjoyed reading about the relationships between Colby and her friends and coworkers. You can tell how much they care about each other and the fun they have when they are together. Her romance with Josh is moving along nicely. And of course, all of the animals stole the show.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The descriptions by this author drew me into the story and carried me along on a fantastic read. The mystery was well plotted and had enough twists and turns to make it difficult to solve.
I would highly recommend this book, and series, to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. Grab this book and read it, you will not be disappointed.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.