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Clinical psychologist Liz Cooper doesn't believe in ghosts. But when her best friend finds a tarot card tacked to her front door-and is then accused of murder-Liz will have to find a way to embrace the occult if she wants to outwit the real killer......

Title : Who Do, Voodoo?
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ISBN : 9780425244593
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Number of Pages : 292 Pages
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Who Do, Voodoo? Reviews

  • Mandy
    2019-05-22 00:43

    Fast paced murder mystery with pizazz. This book started out with two women, Robin and Liz, both friends. Robin starts receiving voodoo cards on her door and believes she's in trouble and when she's the main suspect for a murder everything starts to fall apart. When Liz and her friend, Nick start digging around for clues they get way more than they expected.I really enjoyed this book and would like to read more from this author and I would highly recommend this book to my friends and Goodreads friends!

  • Starr
    2019-05-20 00:50

    I have to admit that I really enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected. And I love it when books surprise me like that. I was reading about this title from a list of 2011 releases, not sure exactly where, and thought that it sounded interesting. But after I started reading it, interesting went right out the window. I couldn’t put it down. Now, I have to point this out, but this book was the perfect size of entertainment. Dealing with murder and the occult and humor, there is a great risk of going overboard. Instead, Rochelle did an excellent job of combining all three elements into an incredible story.Usually when I am reading mysteries I want to try to figure it all out. When the story is well-written it takes me a while before I figure everything out-if I ever do. I love the mysteries that slap you in the face with the unexpected. With this book though, I was more into Liz’s process and journey that I kind of forgot that there was a murder that needed to be solved. That’s not saying anything bad about the story or the plotting. That’s just how much I liked Liz’s character. Liz doesn’t believe in the occult, doesn’t feed into the superstitions of the tarot cards or voodoo. She’s very rational and logical. She’s also a rule-breaker (obviously since she takes it upon herself to clear her friend’s name).If I had known the ending of the story when I first started reading, I may have been a bit more surprised. But by the time you naturally arrive at the end, everything clicks into place and it fits. It’s not a surprising right out of left field conclusion. But it is also not disappointing. This was a quick and enjoyable read and I am definitely going to keep up with this series. My recommendation: pick up a copy and enjoy. Oh did I mention that the mom who is determined to reconcile Liz and her ex-husband is hilarious and I can see a bit of my mom in her?

  • Jessica
    2019-05-20 22:48

    Really awesome cozy mystery! And great for a first in a series! The book had me really guessing who the killer might be all the way till the end! I love all the characters in the book and the witty charm of Dr. Liz Cooper! I also can't wait to see what the tarot cards hold in store for her and, one smoldering hot professor! All in all I am very intrigued by this series and I can't wait to see what Rochelle Staab will cook up next for us in her mysterious realm of magik!

  • Melliane
    2019-05-04 23:47

    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI love cozy mysteries but it’s true that I do not read a lot of them, lot less than what I was doing but I always take a great pleasure in immersing myself in such a volume. I had this book since its release, after reading a nice review about it but didn’t take the time to read it, and here I am with the first volume.Liz Cooper is a psychiatrist who does not believe in the supernatural, so when her best friend begins to receive tarot cards on her door, cards that her former husband had been drawn before dying, Liz begins to worry. Robin believes that this is an omen, the work of a spirit who tries to prevent or to hurt her. To understand exactly what is happening, Liz will contact an old friend of her brother, Nick, a professor and specialist in the occult for his help to discover the origin of tarot cards. But while they team up together and that Liz is taken deep into the world of voodoo magic, a young woman is killed and Robin finds herself detained. While everyone seems to think she is the killer, Liz is the only one to believe in her innocence and she remains determined to prove to everyone that she is right. However, this story might be more complicated than expected, while others are found killed, our heroine will have to find a way to stop all this and to understand what exactly is happening.I enjoyed this story. The introduction to voodoo is what initially attracted me to the story and it is true that this is a topic that particularly fascinates me. So I was very curious to learn more through this volume. Liz goes to see her worldview completely change during the course of this story and it is true that I was really curious to find out who the real killer was here. We suspect many people but in the end I found that the author had indeed led her story quite well and I was glad to see the proposed resolution. Our heroine will have to open to a whole new world, she swore by what was rational, she will have to turn to something new and to try to learn as much as possible. For this she will have to quickly team up with Nick. Regarding the young man, it is true that many people try to put obstacles against their relationship, but I thought they were really cute and tender with each other throughout the story. Nick, despite his work, is much more down to earth than Liz and rather thinks about safety first, which is far from the case of the young woman. I must say that when she has an idea in mind, it is difficult to make her do anything, and helping her friend is her number one priority. They are both a very cute couple and I was curious to see how their relationship would evolve. We also discover many characters and I wonder if we’ll still see them later, whether the Nick’s friends, the people Liz meets during the investigation or her ex-husband.I took a great pleasure in discovering this first volume and I’m glad to see that there are still two other volumes featuring the two heroes. I am curious to discover and learn more with all that. It was a good introduction and a very good mix of mystery, magic and consequences.

  • Yvonne
    2019-04-28 04:44

    Psychologist Liz Cooper’s best friend is being terrorized by tarot cards! Liz thinks it’s a sick prank but her friend, Robin, is taking it very seriously. After all, those same tarot cards predicted her husband’s untimely death. There’s no way Robin wasn’t going to be worried, she has a daughter to think about.Liz looks to her older brother’s best friend, Nick, for help. He’s very familiar with the occult and the supernatural community. Together, they desperately try to find the answers to help Robin. When a dead body turns up and Robin is the prime suspect, they know they have to step up their efforts and clear Robin’s name once and for all.I can’t believe this is the first book by this author. It’s amazing, to say the least! I loved every minute of it. I felt as if I was on an emotional ride with the heroine. I was desperately trying to figure out who was behind the murder and I was wrong (I’m usually right about these things – LOL). It’s a fast-paced, murder mystery that will definitely leave readers wanting more.The characters were realistically portrayed and characters you could be sympathetic towards (or hate, depending on the character). I never wanted to put this book down and was very sad the story was over. This is cozy mystery to perfection!FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Barbara ★
    2019-05-09 20:36

    Pyschologist Liz Cooper's best friend, Robin Bloom has been arrested for the murder of a voodoo practioner. With the help of her cop brother's best friend, Nick Garfield, Liz investigates the resulting string of suspicious deaths. I thought this was a cute mystery and I particularly liked Nick (religious babble aside). I learned way too much about vodou but maybe it'll come in handy some day.

  • Nancy Bradford
    2019-05-23 00:52

    This first book in the Mind for Murder series give it a start with a Bang! Ms. Staab gives us well formed characters and plot.Run do not walk to buy Who Do, Voodoo when it is released.I won my copy here on Goodreads.

  • Maureen DeLuca
    2019-05-09 02:28

    Another cozy with great reviews- I couldn't get into it- but , don't go by me- the reviews of this book is why I picked it up- number 1 in the series- if other reviews interest you - it may be worth your while for a different kind of cozy.

  • Kristin(MyBookishWays Reviews)
    2019-05-21 00:52

    You may also read my review here: Liz Cooper’s childhood friend,Robin,begins finding tarot cards with menacing messages tacked to her door,she doesn’t know what to think. What she does know,as the cards,and the stakes,grow higher,is that she needs to find out just who is harassing her best friend. Her search for answers will put her in touch with Nick,an old friend and theology professor who sidelines in occult studies. They soon discover that Robin’s tormentor has voodoo leanings,but voodoo and the Tarot don’t mix,and after a visit to a palm reader and charlatan who may have the key to the Tarot deck used in the threats,things get even more confusing. Not only are the threats escalating,but Liz is fighting a growing attraction (and frustration) to Nick and a mother that hounds her at every turn. Add to that an ex-husband that just won’t give up and eventually murder,and Liz will have to use everything in her resources to get to the truth.I really enjoyed this debut novel from former music industry exec Rochelle Staab! Liz is my kind of reluctant sleuth,and her wit and tenacity kept me turning the pages. Nick frustrated me at times with his dogged devotion to the letter of the law,but provided a perfect contrast to Liz,complementing her and at the same time keeping some nice sexual tension into play,and also proving that you certainly don’t have to be in your 20’s to romance and be romanced. Liz’s mom provided a quirky (if at times annoying),but always loving,presence,even if she does keep hounding Liz to get back with her sports superstar (and cheating) ex. The voodoo elements are fascinating,and the author obviously did her homework,treating the subject with respect and attention to detail. The added fun of L.A. as the backdrop created a constant sense of urgency and fun,and Ms. Staab obviously knows the ins and outs of her setting. I’ll admit,I’m a fairly jaded mystery reader,but this one kept me on my toes,and I didn’t really get an idea of whodunit until the end,and all the clues were definitely there. To me,that’s important. Red herrings are fine,as long as they aren’t scattershot,and as long as you can look back,once the killer is revealed,and say “Ohhh,yep,those clues were there (head smack for not seeing them:). Bravo to Ms. Staab for a sparkling,fun,and solid debut mystery!

  • Fred
    2019-05-21 01:36

    This is the first book in the new series A Mind For Murder from first time author Rochelle Staab.Even though I'm not into Voodoo, the subject matter is well handled to appeal to any mystery reader. Stabb does an excellent job of explaining about Voodoo and it's history. I enjoy reading a story and at the same time learning something new.Liz Cooper is a psychologist, because of her profession she is not necessarily a believer in the occult, even though her mother is a reader of tarot cards. Liz,and her best friend, Robin, are mourning the two anniversary death of Robin's husband. When they arrive at Robins home they find a tarot card similar to one Robin's husband had gotten the night before his death from Liz's mother. A couple more cards are received and it is suggested that Lix contact Nick Garfield, a professor of religion and occult.As Liz is beginning to learn about the occult, Robin's boss' girlfriend is murdered after they had had a major disagreement. The victims blood is found on Robin's purse and Robin is arrested. Now Liz and Nick in earnest dig into the occult surrounding this event. It seems that the dead girl had conjured some spell and some of the people she had occult dealings with. Two of who have already died. It is up to Liz and Nick to find a way to have these spells removed.Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

  • Robert
    2019-05-10 21:27

    I don’t know if Rochelle Staab managed to get every detail of hoodoo and voodoo correct, and if she didn’t, I’m certainly not going to hold it against her. For me it’s all about the entertainment, and this is one entertaining read that managed to capture my attention from the first page to the last. It was a fun, light read with some darker elements floating throughout the tale.The voodoo, or hoodoo, or whatever filled these pages added a nice element to a mystery that might have been a tad more pedestrian without it. So I welcomed the spiritual elements that graced the pages of WHO DO, VOODOO? And I’ll be curious to see what develops between Liz Cooper and Nick Garfield.As for the rest of the characters, Vivian Gordon, Liz’s mom, is one quirky woman. Constantly referring to Liz’s brother, as your brother Dave, was pretty amusing in my humble opinion. It told me this woman wasn’t exactly standing on solid ground, and she might have been hovering over quicksand.If you’re looking for sophisticated writing, you might want to look elsewhere. But if you’re looking for pure, unadulterated entertainment, then I’d say this debut novel definitely fits the bill.

  • Christine
    2019-04-30 03:28

    Psychologist Liz Cooper hates the occult. Her mother, Vivian, is always making ridiculous predictions that never come true. However, she does a tarot card reading that seems to have predicted the tragic death of Liz’s best friend Robin’s husband. Now, two years after Josh’s death, someone is tormenting Robin by posting tarot cards with hand-written threats on her door.Liz turns to family friend Nick Garfield, an expert in the occult, for advice in tracking down Robin’s harasser. Right after Liz and Nick think they have found the culprit, the person is murdered and Robin is the main suspect. Liz sees a different side of her friend when observing her on the job as a representative of an entertainment talent agency. Did her good friend decide to take matters into her own hands?This is a promising new series with interesting characters. Liz, Robin, and Nick don’t always act predictably which adds to the realism and enjoyment of the book. While Liz and Robin are best friends, they do have disagreements, just as friends in real life do, but they do support each other when times are tough. Nick is a great love interest for Liz. He was always her older brother Dave’s friend, but now that she is divorced, Liz is seeing Nick with new eyes. They make a great team when investigating the threats being made to Robin and then into the murder. However, the relationship between them builds slowly in the book and has the change to grow into something even better in future books. "Who Do, Voodoo" includes an eclectic group of supporting characters from the entertainment business and from the world of the occult that add further interest and entertainment to the book. Unfortunately, not all of the characters are entertaining or even likeable. Liz’s brother Dave, a Los Angeles Police Department detective, comes off like a jerk. Liz wants his help to look into a potentially dangerous situation and he won’t leave his couch and the football game he is watching to assist. However, he does tell her not to date Nick because she will get hurt. I couldn’t tell if he was concerned about Liz or just controlling. There are a few things that suggest Dave does have Liz’s best interests at heart, so there is potential for this character. One the other hand, I don’t think there is any hope for Liz’s ballplayer ex-husband. Jarret is supposed to be the bad guy, but his antics when trying to win Liz back become irritating and start to detract from the story. Liz’s ditsy, but opinionated mother is even worse. She knows Jarret’s history with drinking and womanizing, yet continues to take his side over Liz, doing whatever she can to throw them together. Even if she has reservations about Liz and Nick becoming a couple, her blind allegiance to Jarret seems to be self-serving and not out of love for Liz.The voodoo angle of the book and the information about voodoo, hoodoo, and the occult is explained clearly and thoroughly, but remains entertaining. It’s fun to see Liz slowly change from a total non-believer dismissing all of Nick’s theories about the power of voodoo to someone who actually embraces a powerful event she experiences at a séance. The book has a nice balance between the mystical and reality and the result is a fun book with elements of the supernatural that isn’t too far over the top. The debut book in the "Mind for Murder" mystery series is a good one that will appeal to those who like authors Madelyn Alt and Victoria Laurie.This review was originally written for The Season E-Zine. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Cathy Cole
    2019-05-16 22:52

    First Line: "Wait until the third date to fool around?"Clinical psychologist Liz Cooper has a practice in Los Angeles and one of those annoying mothers who loves tarot cards (and Liz's snake of an ex-husband). Liz is pre-programmed not to believe in the occult or the supernatural, but when someone keeps tacking tarot cards to her best friend's door and that friend is later jailed on suspicion of murder, Liz has to set her preconceptions aside to help save her friend.The best way to do that is to team up with her brother's friend, college professor Nick Garfield who's an expert in the occult. Liz's search for the truth turns dangerous when more people begin to die. Could there really be anything to this voodoo stuff?Liz Cooper is a strong, calm, likable woman whose only real handicaps seem to be her mother and brother. Nick Garfield is handsome, available and definitely shows interest in the psychologist, but between Liz's mother preferring her ex and her brother not wanting his friend to be romantically involved with his sister, do Liz and Nick have any sort of future?Liz has been friends with Robin for most of her life, and it's admirable how she (almost literally) puts everything else aside to fight to prove her friend's innocence. The new detective who's got the case is focusing on the obvious to the exclusion of all else, and Liz's brother-- who's also a member of the Los Angeles Police Department-- isn't doing much better. However, in Liz's fight to get Robin out of jail, she does cross the line a few times, which could put the police investigation in jeopardy.Liz's friend, Robin, comes off as a well-meaning but easily distracted person who can't seem to believe that what is happening to her is real. Liz gives her excellent advice which Robin refuses to take several times-- to the point where the reader may begin to think that this woman is really going to wind up in prison.For those of you who shy away from books with a paranormal slant, there's really no reason to stay away from this one. There's extremely little hocus-pocus or things that go bump in the night. However, there is quite a bit of information about voodoo and similar religious beliefs that are commonly associated with it, and for that reason alone I found the book very interesting to read.What will keep me coming back for more are Staab's characters, Liz and Nick. They are an attractive couple with plenty of smarts and good chemistry between them. I like how they solved their first case and look forward to others.

  • Meg Fee
    2019-04-29 04:42

    Overall I liked the book and I'll read book two whenever it comes out, but several things bothered me in the story. Most notably, not even half way through the book I thought, "I think so-and-so is the killer." I never deviated from it, yet the main character never suspected so-and-so. In fact, when it reached the point where anyone who didn't suspect so-and-so knew that it almost had to be so-and-so the main character, Liz, still didn't suspect so-and-so. Even if you can forgive Liz for just not making the connection, the love interest, Nick, who was there also didn't make the connection. Seriously, neither of them? This was the point in the book where I'm mentally screaming at the characters, "It's freakin' so-and-so." When Liz is talking to so-and-so near the end she even thinks something along the lines of, 'That's odd, so-and-so was there?' and STILL didn't suspect so-and-so. Although at that point Liz is told something that made me not understand why the police never suspected so-and-so because so-and-so actually told the cops (s)he was there. Why were they so focused on Liz's best friend, Robin, when someone placed themselves at the scene (to implicate Robin)? I will say though that I never actually suspected the motive. I was certain it was so-and-so, but I had no real idea why so-and-so killed Sophie.One other thing that bothered me was that it seemed like at the end of one chapter Liz was certain the supernatural wasn't real and at the start of the next she was all paranoid because she was starting to think it might be, without anything new happening. There are also a couple of points with the supernatural aspects that didn't make sense to me, which I won't get into.

  • Text Addict
    2019-04-29 04:34

    This is one of those "real magic" cozy mysteries, of which there are quite a few cropping up lately. Set in the Hollywood area, it features a tricky mystery and an unusual mix of magical traditions. As an occasional student of religions, I approve of the author's attention to distinguishing the religion of voudoun from the magical system of voodoo. It also throws in Tarot, consistent with the muddled approach of a certain type of would-be modern magician (one of whom is a character). It has a reasonably engaging protagonist - a psychologist (Liz Cooper), who fortunately does *not* spend a lot of time trying to analyze people with whom she hasn't had enough contact to bother trying. Her connections to the larger world include a brother in the police, a best friend working for a Hollywood agent, and her brother's college roommate, now a university professor with an interest in the occult. Also her baseball-professional ex-husband, and her Tarot-reading mother. The story is really about her best friend's problems, not hers, so we don't get to know Liz quite as well as I might like - though her loyalty to her friend, her persistence, and her intelligence went over well with me. I'll be interested to see how well the series continues.

  • Susan W
    2019-05-13 21:39

    Very good offering for a first in a series and, most notably, by a debut author, Rochelle Staab. It was a lot of fun and the adventure began right at the "get go." No waiting endlessly for the crime to be committed and no copius "set up" pages to introduce all the new characters. I find that many times when an author envisions a series, the first book isn't as exciting because the author is consumed with "set up" strategies guiding the book into subsequent sequels. Staab offered a couple mysteries going on simulaneously, which kept up the pace of the story. Liz attempts to help her friend Robin find out who is leaving a series a scary offerings at her front door. The ante is upped when Robin is accused of murder. Included in the story is a little bit of romance, an annoying ex husband, a slightly off-kilter mother and lots of voodoo/hoodoo/vodou. Belief in the mysticism included in the story is not a prerequisite. Believers or non will enjoy the story.

  • Doug Beatty
    2019-05-24 22:27

    This was pretty good. Very light and it really does give you a little bit of knowledge about Voodoo, Hoodoo and the Haitian Voudo. I like how the current mystery novels put bits of alternative religions in them and make them part of the plot so you can experience them and still get a mystery. This involves a skeptical psychologist, her new love interest who is a professor in occult studies, and a young woman who is in line to become a voudo princess and is using her families spell book in probably not the best way possible. Oh, and there is also a curse thrown in. I wasn't sure if I liked it at first but the characters grew on me and I really liked the explanations. There is also a really interesting ending that I don't want to ruin, but premonition is involved and I really liked the book ending on that note. If this is a series, I will definitely pick up the second book and I think fans of Madeline Alt or Annette Blair will dig this one.

  • Abigail Sharpe
    2019-05-09 22:33

    For all that this was a murder mystery, it was a fun read. I usually don't do dead bodies, but, I admit, I judged a book by its cover and dove into this one. (Have you seen the cover? It's beautiful!) I love the bits of humor that peppered the story, and I thought the author did a fantastic job of explaining the voodoo background without covering every little topic and overwhelming the reader. Great secondary characters, too. On a side note, I finished reading this while I was sick, so it gave me something else to focus on.

  • Nora-adrienne
    2019-04-29 00:49

    I've finally had the chance to sit down with Who Do, Voodoo? I love the characters and the story. I'm sorry I had to wait until it was available from the library for me to read it. I found it captivating, magical, and totally enjoyable. I can't wait for book two to hit the streets so I can read more about Liz, Nick, Dave, and Liz's crazy mom.

  • Arlene
    2019-04-30 23:22

    So there were parts I really like, but there were a lot of moments that made me scratch my head. It wasn't exactly stilted but it didn't flow as I expected either. I am reading book two, to see if this is first bookitist. I really liked the theme. I hope this makes sense. LOL it is morning after all

  • Liz Lipperman
    2019-04-28 01:28

    I was so excited to be able to read this. I know nothing about Hoo doo and was afraid it would be too much for me. On the contrary, it was a wonderful read. I hated that it had to end. The characters are all wonderfully written, the plot is intriguing, and the dialogue is fresh and funny. Congrats, Ms. Staab. When's the next book coming out?

  • Melodie
    2019-05-14 22:52

    Yet another first in a new series, and a really solid book. Liked the main character a lot. Her mother & her jerk-off cop brother I could do without. Good story with some good supernatural background. Look forward to the next one.

  • An
    2019-05-19 20:34

    I picked up the book from the enormous pile of books waiting to be read and I enjoyed it. I liked the characters and the author's writing style. I was looking for an easy novel to relax with and this totally fit the bill. Now to find out if there is a second in the series....

  • Cyndy
    2019-05-23 01:33

    I enjoyed the book, but the writing alternated between crude and eloquent. The character development was ok, I don't think I could even say what the main character looks like. The research on the occult was good. It is a take-it-or-leave-it book for me.

  • Christine Ashworth
    2019-05-25 22:47

    This is a fabulous book! I sneak-read it at work - mostly during lunch and then whenever I could get my hands on it without anyone noticing. The pace is lively, the mystery fun, and the characters a complete hoot! Pick this one up - you'll totally enjoy it!

  • Stefanie
    2019-05-01 02:35

    I'm really on a roll with all the cozy mysteries I've been reading. Really enjoyed this one and this has to have one of my favourite covers ever. Perfect for the feel and tone of this book. Great start to a series I know I'll continue.

  • Lesley Kagen
    2019-05-05 03:40

    Absolutely adored the story, the setting and the characters. I don't need a deck of Tarot cards to know that this series has a bright future!

  • Kimberly Ann
    2019-05-06 20:43

    This was a light & semi-interesting read....But since I didn't care for the characters, I really can not remember their names.....So Friend 1 & friend 2 come hone to Friend 2's house to find an odd tarot card on her door.... Then a 2nd tarot card shows up. The two cards are the same as showed up in her her husband Josh's reading just before his fatal car accident....Next another card shows up as well as a photo of Friend #2 with pictures of voodoo snakes across it.After some "investigation" they find that Voodoo "princess" is pissed because she believes that Friend #2 has been poisoning her boyfriend's mind against her....When VP turns up dead after a huge party, Friend #2 is arrested....Friend #1 continues to investigate and comes across a fake "medium", a group of the VP's "friends" who have all purchased "amulets" for various spells from VP, a few angry spirits... as well and a bunch of pushy men "friends"...Meh, the story was ok, but as I said, I didn't really like or ever warm up to the characters, they were all pretty shallow & lame.

  • Ann
    2019-05-06 23:43

    Liz Cooper is a psychologist in Hollywood. She is called by her friend Robin when someone leaves a tarot card on her door with ominous warnings. Liz wants to track down the card's origin and seeks the help of Nick Garfield, a teacher of occult practices. Robin is the assistant to Sam Collins, a high power entertainment entrepreneur, and invites Liz and Nick to a party with Steve Weller, one of the clients they have. When there Sophie Darcantel, Sam's girlfriend starts an argument and is escorted outside. When Sophie is found murdered in the parking lot later that evening, Robin is arrested for the murder when blood is found on her purse. Liz knows that Robin is innocent and enlists Nick's help in finding the guilty party. This opens a world Liz knows little about, voodoo, tarot, seances, spiritualism and the unknown. This was a fairly good book. It was a fast read with little meat but I liked the characters and would read more of this series.

  • Bookgeek
    2019-05-25 03:30

    I have mixed feeling about this book. On the one hand I did enjoy it, it was an easy read at only 292 pages, the writing wasn't terrible. On the other hand, things just seemed to prefect, no real conflict among the characters, no real obstacles put in the way of the main character(s) Liz and Nick, hindering their search for the real killer. No false leads to track down. This book hovers between a 2 and 3 star book, if you like cozy mysteries, you'd probably enjoy this book. I'm undecided if I'll continue the series, but this first one didn't completely turn me off to the idea of finding out what happens next which is a plus given the complete book slump I've been in lately.