I typically only review the first book in a series unless there's something really specific that needs to be said. In this case I'm reviewing this book because the only other rating (with no review to explain why) was one person who gave the book 1 star.
I rated all the other books in this series with 4-5 stars overall, though I admit this story didn't grab me like most of the others so it only got 3. I don't really enjoy "mean girl" themes though, which is why this wasn't one of my favorites.
Still, there was a complex enough plot to be interesting with a bit of a surprise ending so it's worth listening to if you enjoy other books in the series as I do. As always, I enjoy getting to know Savannah and the others better and I think the narrator did an outstanding job of bringing the characters to life without overdoing the GA accent.
I certainly wouldn't recommend listening to this if you don't already know the characters via the previous books. This late in the series you need to have some background on people, personalities, etc.
Also, as I mentioned in my review of the first book, the titles are a bit confusing. Though they tie into the plot of each book, they initially led me to expect more of a cozy series like Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen mysteries (which I also enjoy). This is much more like a less dark Sue Grafton mystery. I was also shocked to realize a few books in, that at least some of these books are Harlequin, which I typically associate with sappy romance books. Though there is a reasonable amount of romance in the series, it's much more real and often touching and funny. It's not the sappy, teenage-angst ridden stuff that usually prompts me to avoid Harlequin books.
I've now listened to all the books in this series and without giving anything away, I'll just say that though I really hated to see it end, the last book was the very best and there was an extremely satisfying end to the story. While this particular book wasn't my favorite, this series has become a favorite of mine, which is why I felt it was important to balance the other reader's 1 star rating with a full review. This series has interesting characters, humor, strong story lines and it progresses nicely from book to book. It's interesting without getting too dark or serious overall and I highly recommend it for some fairly light mystery reading.
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