Sunday, February 23, 2014

Murder with Ganache by Lucy Burdette

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Murder with Ganache
by Lucy Burdette

ISBN-13: 9780451465894
Mass Market Paperback:
308 pages
Publisher: Obsidian
Released: February 4, 2014

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Hayley Snow, the food critic for Key Zest magazine, has her plate heaped high with restaurant reviews, doughnut and sticky bun tastings, and an article on the Hemingway cats. But this week she’s also in charge of her best friend’s wedding. The last thing she needs is family drama, but her parents come barreling down on the island like a hurricane.

On their first night in town, her stepbrother, Roby, disappears into the spring break party scene in Key West. When Hayley hears that two teenagers have stolen a jet ski, she goes in search of Rory. She finds him, barely conscious, but his female companion isn't so lucky.

My Review:
Murder with Ganache is a cozy mystery. It's the fourth in a series, but you don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the whodunit of the previous novels.

It's a clue-based mystery, though it often read more like a friction-filled suspense novel. Usually I find tense relationships between characters to be a turn-off since I want a relaxing read, but this author managed to have tension without it rubbing off on my nerves. It's probably because the characters acted realistically, were complex (rather than all good or all bad), and I could understand why they were acting the way they were. The mystery kept me guessing though I had some idea of where it was headed.

There were no sex scenes. There was a fair amount explicit bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this suspenseful, interesting mystery.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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