Karen’s Magic Reviews
I found this one on a Facebook group advertising a later book in a series of five. It intrigued me enough to go to Amazon to have a look. I always have to start with Book One in a series, even if its states they are standalone. Because there are two types of standalone books. Those with the same character, and those where a secondary characters become a main one in later books. That’s why I always start at the beginning.
I also liked the length of this one at187 pages. I prefer a shorter one than one which takes weeks to read. Luckily I liked the blurb as much at the original. The cover, the blurb and the length and whether it is in Kindle Unlimited, will swing it for me. The first two are in that order, the second two can be moved around.
The book was a good start to the series. I enjoyed the introduction to the main character, Stacie Maroni, I even liked her name. She was not a sleuth at this stage. I would imagine it happens in books two and beyond. Another reason why you should read book one. I like the background of the character and how she comes to do what she does.
Overall, the story was very entertaining. It was full of intrigue, with a likeable main character, as not all of them are. She volunteered for counselling at women’s refuge and a pet centre, which added further interest to the story and this is where I could see intrigue in future books.
However, there was more than occasion when Stacie thought the person she was talking to. was either rude or angry, and yet, I didn’t see that. So when it was brought up, it was a surprise. Then, as I listened to the book on my Alexi app, she, Alexa, repeated herself and I just thought she was getting mixed up, and didn’t think anything of it at the time. Much later as I was reading it myself, I came across a paragraph that was repeated directly under the original. These are little irritations which can be overlooked if the. story is a good one, and it was.
If it is badly edited, and there a few of them about, I won’t read any further, and I don’t give negative reviews. I honestly say I enjoyed it. Would I read another? Yes, I would, and I think you should too.
A divorce decree is made null and void by murder.
Stacie Maroni, HR specialist and trauma counselor, isn’t prepared for the murder of her estranged husband. His death and custody of their Maltese, Jasper, barely sink in and someone is after her. Her in-laws and her husband’s law firm strive to keep up the pretense that all is above reproach and idyllic.
As she goes through her husband’s effects, Stacie discovers possible motives for his murder. Unfortunately, neither she nor the police know why someone is after her. Whatever the true motive may be, it soon becomes clear that Stacie might be the next victim.
Can she sort it out with Jasper by her side? Mystery with a side of romance and new beginnings.