Three quick cozies that I finished. The first, Murder on the Rocks, is the second book I’ve read with that title. In this case, the rocks are actual rocks on the Maine coast line, while in the other one, it was ice in a drink. This was a book I read for the Cozy Mystery Corner on Goodreads.
It was an “okay” mystery. The plot, setting, theme and the characters were fine, but for some reason it didn’t really grab me. I can’t put my finger on why. There was nothing wrong with it, I just didn’t connect with the characters or get involved with the story.
Staged to Death was the second mystery. Again, this one was just okay. I will say that the writing style didn’t work for me. Over use of adjectives, just wore me down. Sample:
After checking Dylan’s progress, Caprice went to the coffeemaker and pulled out a lime-green, yellow-flowered canister. She and Bella both enjoyed flavored coffees….Caprice’s buttercup-colored 1950s vintage style stove that matched her retro refrigerator…
After she set the royal blue dish with a spoonful of cream in its center on the floor, Caprice arranged the turquoise, yellow, and lime-green mugs on a tray with a crystal creamer and sugar bowl. She poured cinnamon-hazelnut coffee into the mugs, and then carried the antique tray with its picture of pink peonies under the glass into the living room.
This was a long book for a cozy, most seem to run around 270 pages, and this one comes in at 374, mostly adjectives or descriptors.
I saved the best for last. Dipped, Stripped, and Dead, A Daring Finds Mystery was my favorite of the three. I liked the protagonist Dyce, a divorced single mom, and her sidekick, Ben. The mystery was well plotted. There were some interesting and humorous characters to add color to the story, a cross-dressing ex-Marine furniture maker for one and Dyce’s parents and son for others. The romantic interest in the form of Cas was intriguing and I’m sure the romance will be developed more in later books. The dual nature of the mystery was well done, but I won’t say more than that. This is a series that I will continue to follow.