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My Review of The Conned Lady by Diane Bator

Karen’s Review

A friend asked me to read book five of this series. After my earlier let down with reading out of sequence, I was wary.

The Conned Lady referred to incidents that happened in a previous book, and there was a vast array of characters to learn. That’s why it’s sometimes difficult, however, I’m pleased to say I enjoyed this one.

The main protagonists were the likeable Katie and Danny, and I soon got into my stride. The story was based on what happened to Katie in a previous book. So, yes, I was curious to know more about that, but it didn’t distract from this one.

I loved the engaging personalities and friendships of the other characters, too. They drank coffee and ate cake, and I was right there with them. Along with the sometimes amusing storyline, it made for a great read. There was even a writing club mentioned. They sounded a formidable bunch, and the ones we met, certainly were.

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. The writing style, the plot, the humour, and the sticky situations they ended up in. It all led to one big, enlightening, and amusing climax. The rescue attempt of the hostages made me chuckle as Katie leapt on a punch bag and swung towards the man with the gun.

Unfortunately, I felt the scene cut off too soon. Before it was properly completed, we were at a wedding. I got the gist of what transpired, but would rather have read it myself. I was also tripped up with errors. Often, I had to re-read a sentence to understand it, due to extra or missing words.

Overall, this was a great book. I loved the author’s style, and may just read book one as well. This will definitely appeal to those who love a cozy fun mystery.


Eccentric romance novelist Mimsy Lexington has a secret.

When she approaches Katie Mullins to help find details around her late husband’s death, Katie and her boyfriend Danny Walker are drawn into a web of lies and deceit. The deeper they dig, the more they realize the biggest dangers may lurk close to home and need to suspect everyone—including Mimsy.

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