With cozy mysteries, it can be really easy to slip over the edge into sappy. This one doesn't do that. It's really quite good, and was so much fun to ..Show More »listen to! Victoria Abbott has done a good job of creating characters that work well together, and a plot that moved well and held my interest from beginning to end.
Jordan Kelly is just out of school and finds a job helping a very disagreeable woman research whether there is a missing Agatha Christie play somewhere in existence. This seems great work for her. Only problem, somebody out there is willing to kill people who are trying to find it. Jordan was raised by uncles who have a questionable relationship with the law, and she may be the only one who intends to make a living in an honest way. But these uncles turn out to be some of the best characters in the book. They may operate ouside the law, but they are there for Jordan when she needs it. She also has a friend, Tiffany, whom she talks to every night by phone and who acts to be a sounding board for Jordan as she sorts out her concerns about who is doing the killing, not ruling out that even a cop she thinks of as "Officer Smiley" could be doing the deeds...finally, Jordan decides to think like Christie's Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple to uncover the murderer.
This book is appealing because it is a clever mystery and has the double appeal of tapping into one of the most famous mystery writers in history. Jordan Kelly and several others who might well be in the next book(s) will be fun to watch develop. The narrator was okay, but there were times when I felt she overdid a couple of the voices. I hope it's just that she hasn't hit her stride yet. I think this was a good first book and look forward to reading the next in the series.
This is the second book in a new series by Victoria Abbott, starring Jordan Kelly, who has a job working as a research assistant in the library belong..Show More »ing to the universally hated Vera Van Alst. The setup begins in the book prior to this one, where we learn more about the comically cop-phobic uncles who raised her (they steal, do not commit more serious crimes, and are generally presented as warm and adoring of Jordan). In this book, as in the first, Jordan must locate a set of valuable mystery books--in this case first editions of the works of Dorothy Sayers.
These are not deep, they have many amusing moments, and like most cozies, pretty much exceed what could possibly pass for realistic situations/solutions. The charm in this one lies in the author's ability to create a set a characters whose chemistry works well together. Light enough not to be a taxing, heavy, intense read, yet filled with enough action to feel like a page turner at the same time. I best enjoy Jordan, her uncles and the unlikable Vera. I find Officer Smiley a bit weakly drawn.
This book sees Jordan tracking after an old man she met while seeking the Sayers books. Upon returning to the house, the whole family is missing, a murder has been committed and she tries to find out info from a woman cop who is on the scene. It all builds to a spectacular ending, and the reader (or at least I) enjoy the twists and turns along the way.
Don't expect this to be John Grishom. This is a cozy series, meant for fun, and among those that I am aware of, it has lots of charm, is a great read and I look forward to hearing the next in the series.
I really like this series. It's cozy fiction aimed at the "booksy" female audience, but I think these authors handle it well. It's fresh enough not to..Show More » be stuffy and safe enough that it will appeal to many. If you are a fan of the Royal Spyness series, try these authors. I would prefer they drop the constant name-dropping of vintage clothing and furniture and stuff because I find it distracting, but it probably appeals to some people. Overall, these are entertaining stories which will not bore you and they wrap up their endings well.