Title: Dead Wrong
Series: Blackmore Sisters Mystery Book 1
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Page Count: 252 pages
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb: There’s more than one secret in the old Blackmoore house. Some have been buried for a long time and some are sitting closer to the surface.
Morgan and Fiona Blackmoore enjoy their simple life in the sleepy ocean-side town of Noquitt Maine where they offer herbal remedies and crystal healing for locals and tourists alike.
…Until Morgan is accused of killing the town shrew, Prudence Littlefield.
Suddenly the girls find themselves scrambling to find the real killer while they battle a crooked Sheriff, planted evidence, and a long list of suspects that all had a reason to want Prudence dead.
Handsome Jake Cooper is new to the Noquitt Maine police force, which is exactly why Fiona Blackmoore doesn’t trust him. But with time running out and the evidence against her sister piling up, Fiona has to make a choice – will she trust Jake with her sisters case … and her own heart?
Add in an old mansion on the cliffs of Maine, an attic full of mysterious treasures, and a cat that has the uncanny ability to show up at exactly the right time and Fiona has her hands full proving the Sheriff’s accusations about her sister being a murderer are Dead Wrong.
Review: This is the first time I read a cozy mystery and I must say I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. According to Wikipedia: Cozy mysteries, also referred to as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. Cozies thus stand in contrast to hardboiled fiction, which feature violence and sexuality more explicitly and centrally to the plot
Okay that seems simple enough, but I’d say what makes a book with this type of theme interesting is how it’s executed. If done well, the reader will remain in the dark until the end and will smack him/herself when the answer is revealed (Yeah, I should have seen that…)
Leighann Dobbs did a good job with the concept and execution. While I had an idea who the murderer was about midway through the book, I found that I was totally wrong. She threw in a twist about three quarters into the story that made my initial supposition go down the toilet. So I continued reading and found that the murderer was not who I expected at all. There was a romance aspect that, in compliance with the definition, was somewhat downplayed. Frankly I wouldn’t want to live in a town where everyone knows everything about each other, but well, that’s what makes Dead Wrong work so well. If in a larger, less intimate location, the story would have been very different. It wouldn’t have been cozy.
Dead Wrong was the winner of the Best Mystery Romance – 2014 Indie Romance Convention Awards, so if you enjoy a quick read and want to try a cozy mystery, I’d suggest getting your feet wet with Dead Wrong by Leighann Dobbs And, it’s free on Amazon as of this writing, so you have nothing to lose.
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