"Books Fall Open, You Fall In"
I rated this book 2 1/2 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Max Walters dreams of becoming a designer and moving back to the hustle and bustle of New York. She’s currently a bridal consultant in Crystal Shores, a small town in California, where she lives so she can help her dad after the death of her mother. When she’s given the task of running the shop while her boss in on vacation, she hopes there are no bridal emergencies that she can’t handle. The last thing she expected to deal with is murder.
This was a cute but nothing special type of cozy mystery. It centers around a bridal shop in a small town where everyone pretty much knows each other and sits a tad on the predictable side. I really feel the book had great potential, but unfortunately it was just ok for me. The dialogue is a bit jumpy and the characters are not fully developed but it’s a light and easy read. The killer was easy to figure out and the story lacked any real emotion, giving it a monotone type writing style that I didn’t overly care for. It felt like the author was just going through the motions and didn’t really invest any feelings into the story or her characters. Max is very likeable, albeit a bit bland, and I really liked the addition of Keiko. She actually stole the book for me even though she comes off as a little robotic. As far as the rest, there were really too many characters and you never really got to know any of them. They kept stopping by the shop with no real purpose. It was a bit strange. Like they were just added for the sake of having more people.
There was one thing that really put me off though, and that was the towns insistence that Max investigate the murder. I found this baffling since there was nothing about Max that made the reader believe she should be investigating other than the fact that her friend was the suspect. It was mentioned that she wanted to be a detective when she was a kid, and she stated she took a class or two, but I saw no reason for the residents to have so much faith in her sleuthing abilities. It really just didn’t make any sense.
Aside from that though, it’s not a bad book and has great potential, not to mention a great cover. It may not stick out in the flooded market of cozy mysteries, but it certainly can shine within it if only the author could add some emotion to the series. Oh, and also give us reason to understand why the town has such undying faith in Max.
Total pages: 171, Kindle edition
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