Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hooked on Ewe by Hannah Reed

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Hooked on Ewe
by Hannah Reed

ISBN-13: 9780425265833
Mass Market Paperback:
304 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Released: July 7, 2015

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
It’s early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and romance novel writer) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it’s in name only, since she has more on her hands than just her writing.

Eden has volunteered to help at a sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm—a fundraiser for the local hospice. Her friend Vicki also needs encouragement to continue with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be going well until the head of the fundraiser committee is found strangled to death with a club member’s yarn.

Now Eden feels compelled to honor her commitment as constable and herd together the clues, figure out which ones are dogs, and which ones will lead to a ruthless killer.

My Review:
Hooked on Ewe is a cozy mystery. This book was the second in the series, but you don't need to read the previous novels to understand this one and this story didn't spoil the previous whodunits.

This was a clue-based mystery with enough complexity that I was unsure if my whodunit suspect was correct until nearly the end. The heroine writes romance, not mysteries, so she caught onto some connections/clues immediately but took a little longer on others. I liked that she came across as suitably smart, just not experienced yet. While it came across as realistic and Eden did progressively learn from her mistakes, she was a bit reckless about following proper police procedure. She paid for this recklessness in the end...luckily she also knows how to take care of herself when in sticky situations.

There was a very minor amount of UK bad language (the blood-related word). There was no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this 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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