Friday, 6 June 2014

Review: 'Little Shop of Homicide' by Denise Swanson

Little Shop of Homicide by Denise Swanson, 2012, Obsidian, $7.99, softbound, 259 pages. Category/Genre: mystery. Cover: stylised but good. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

Shadow Bend, MO: Devereaux Sinclair, who owns Devereaux's Dime Store and Gift Baskets, gets embroiled in a mystery when the fiance of her ex-boyfriend turns up dead. 

Devereaux is a suspect, partly because of her past, which involves working for a man who stole his investors' life savings; unfortunately for Devereaux, the copper on her case, Det Woods, was personally affected by that scandal.

But Dev isn't alone; she has gal pal Poppy Kincaid on her side, as well as friend and conspiracy nut Boone St Onge. Poppy has secret listening devices installed in her bar, and Boone is an attorney. 

Navigating the sleuthing world can be pretty tough, though; not only must Dev face her ex, but she's trying to ignore the lusty thoughts going through her head every time deputy US Marshal Jake comes into view. 

An interesting mystery with interesting characters. 

Note: strong language; sexual language. 

If you like this one, try: Mortar and Murder, by Jennie Bentley. 

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