Review of With Option To Kill

With Option To Kill

Cindy York Mysteries, Book #5

Catherine Bruns

5 Stars


You can choose your friends, but you sure can’t choose your relatives.

It’s been a busy year for real estate agent Cindy York. She’s excited to be making a killing at selling houses and in the middle of planning a surprise 50th birthday party for her husband, Greg. If this wasn’t enough to deal with, Greg’s younger sister Annette, who’s been estranged from the family for 20 years, makes an unexpected visit to celebrate the event. Annette asks Cindy for help finding a house to rent. She claims she wants to get to know her loved ones again, but Cindy suspects the woman is hiding something.

When Annette’s troubled past catches up with her in a hurry and leaves an innocent bystander dead, Cindy must step in and find a killer. If Cindy can’t close this deal quickly, someone she loves will pay the ultimate price. (Amazon)


Cindy is busy with working at her real estate job, planning a fiftieth surprise birthday party for her husband and taking care of her family.  When her husband’s estranged sister comes to visit things get a little tricky.   Cindy wants to find his sister a place to rent while she is visiting.  Cindy finds her a place but before long his sister’s landlord is killed.  Now on top of everything else, Cindy has to find the killer. 

The author is  very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  I really enjoyed the fact that Cindy is a mom and has a great family.  Most of the cozies I read do not have families and it is a nice change.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved.  There  were a lot of suspects to consider and clues to sift through.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  You should do yourself a favor and read this book, as well as all of her other series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

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