Once Upon A Book – Charlee Rae's Book Reviews

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Murder at Harbor Village by G.P. Gardner


I rated this book 2 out of 5 stars

I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Cleo Mack, after a longtime position as a professor, is taking an early retirement. She decides to take a trip to Fairhope, Alabama, which has been called the nicest town in the world. While there, she falls in love with everything about it and decides to make her trip a permanent one. After obtaining a job in a senior living facility, she feels pretty comfortable with her decision. That is, until the director of senior living is found dead and she’s pretty sure it wasn’t an accident.

Oh, how I wish I could say I loved this book. The reviews are glowing and it’s in my preferred genre. The kindle edition has an adorable cover and it had the makings of a great story. Sadly, I didn’t care for it. Mostly because there are a few things that really bothered me. One of them is that someone the age of our protagonist (I’m guessing 40s range here, which is my age group) would want to live in a 55+ community and play dominoes every night. I mean, she actually seems dead set on the idea. This, all because she met some older woman that was friendly. Which brings me to bothersome issue number two. These people are friendly. I’m talking super friendly. They are so accepting of transplants that it’s almost creepy. Now I’m not saying that small town people aren’t nice. Of course they are. I’ve been to quite a few and have always had a pleasant experience….but they are also standoffish a bit when it comes to new people as they tend to be a very tight knit community. You aren’t just going to walk in and be bff’s with people like Cleo did. I’ve also never known anyone like Cleo, who just throws caution to the wind when meeting new people. She doesn’t know any of them, yet she lets them lead her. Then there is the way she gets a job. One she never applied for. Offered by someone she met briefly one time. Everything just falls perfectly into her lap. This woman’s life is so cherry, she should buy a lottery ticket. *sigh* I know….it’s just a book. The problem is that it’s just so unbelievable to me that I couldn’t get past it. By the time the murder took place and the connection twist was revealed, I already lost interest in the story. Add that to the fact that the characters were one dimensional and I honestly didn’t care for anyone, I finally put the book down after skimming to the end. I love cozy mysteries, but this one just wasn’t for me.

Total pages: 226, Kindle edition

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Murder at Harbor Village

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Murder at Harbor Village


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