I often read for relaxation, so I'm always on the lookout for new "cozy" series. This is one of the best I've found recently.
One thing that appealed to me right away was that the story takes place in Minnesota, which is where I live. The fictional town of Mayville is situated on Lake Pepin. There are several real Minnesota towns in similar locations - it is a beautiful part of the state. I've visited the area often, so it was easy for me to visualize Mayville.
The pace is brisk, with a mysterious death occuring early in the story. Numerous clues are found, some are "red herrings." I wasn't able to guess the final solution until it was revealed near the end of the book.
Though I like cats, I would not describe myself as "cat person." Owen and Hercules, the main "cat characters", have some very unusual abilities that add an element of fantasy to the story.
I liked protagonist Kathleen Paulson. Many other characters are introduced throughout the story. I'm hoping that some of them will show up in future books of this series.
The 10 plus hours of this story went by quickly for me. I plan to listen to more books in this series.
I liked this book. There is a nice balance of intriguing plot and character development. The story moves along at a steady pace that seemed just right to me. There is a variety of characters, each distinctive. From the beginning of the book, a key question is whether there actually was a murder.
The tone of this book seems a little more serious than many "cozy" mysteries (I do enjoy "cozies"). The characters are a little more intricate, the tone a bit more somber. For me that made the book more interesting and involving, but not at all depressing. There are no graphic descriptions of sex or violence, and no excessive use of profanity.
This is the second Deborah Crombie book that I've read and I liked this one even more than the first. I look forward to reading more books in this series.
I have read or listened to many of Charlotte MacLeod's books. I enjoy the characters, the humor, the settings and the mysteries.
This book takes place in a large house in rural Wales. The author spends just enough time describing the settings, the characters, and some ancient Welsh traditions. As I listened, I envisioned how the place and the characters looked.
Early in the book the pace is relaxed - that was fine for me. When a murder takes place, the pace picks up appropriately.
For me the humor was gentle and chuckle inducing. It helped make two especially annoying characters bearable.
Narrator William Dufris does an admirable job voicing a large number of male and female characters. It took me a chapter or two to get accustomed to his "rhythm". I'm not a stickler about "correctness" of character accents. If you are I would suggest that you listen to the sample.
This book does not include graphic sex or violence. It is not a "thriller." If you enjoy a relaxed "cozy" mystery with a good story and a sense of humor, this book is for you.