Mystery? Romance? Mystery?

East of Peculiar by Suzann Ledbetter
Stop the presses!
I’ve read a fiction book!
Right here in the middle of this fiction drought of mine. (Or shall we look on the bright side and call it a nonfiction feast/frenzy/mania/addiction?)
And I liked it, liked it, liked it. So much that I didn’t want to get out of my comfy chair except to refill my coffee mug. (Though, truly, this ain’t all that unusual.)
Lots of mystery series seem to start out with the thing where the main character (often a woman) is starting over after some big life change—divorce, being widowed, retirement, etc. Here, Hannah decides her high-stress Chicago advertising job is for the birds and takes a job managing a retirement community in the Ozarks.
And there’s a handsome sheriff in that county, so there’s sure to be a murder that will bring them together.
And yes, indeed: a murder occurs! (Don’t worry – we either never really know or never really like the victim in these cozy mysteries. You won’t even miss her.)
The neat-o thing about this mystery is that it’s very much a romance, too. And this is a good thing. Also, the characters are believably quirky, and that’s always a bonus, I think.
And now, as I write this, I’m impatiently waiting for the second book in the series to arrive to fill the hold I placed when I hit the last page of this book and was bummed it was over. It was a good kind of bummed.

2 thoughts on “Mystery? Romance? Mystery?

  1. Suzann — It gives a blogger a special kind of stomach-flip when the author stops by to comment — what a treat! Thank you for writing 5 books in the series; I'm going to try to pace myself. (We'll see how that goes.)

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