Title: Against the Claw
Author: Shari Randall
Genre: Cozy, Mystery
Source: Free ARC from St. Martin’s
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from St. Martin’s via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Goodreads Summary: “Ballerina Allie Larkin is still back home, healing up from a broken ankle and lending a hand at her aunt’s Lazy Mermaid Lobster Shack. But now that the famed restaurant is branching out into the world of catering, Allie’s help is needed more than ever–even on the lobster boat. The last thing she expects to find once she’s out on the bay, however, is the dead body of a beautiful young woman.
When days pass and not even the police can ID the corpse, Allie takes it upon herself to learn the truth about what happened. Her investigation leads her all the way from the local piers to the secluded estates of Mystic Bay’s posh elite. But how can she crack this case when everyone seems dead-set on keeping their secrets beneath the surface?”
Review: For the sake of transparency, I must admit that it has been quite some time since I read this book. I read it this past August, and if asked, I couldn’t tell you how it ended. However, there are some important things I can tell you that should speak well to my overall reading of this book.
- I’m super picky about cozies. At the time, I gave it an easy 4 stars. Now that time has passed, my recollection of it is so warm that I’m wondering why I didn’t give it 5.
- As soon as the next in series became available on NetGalley, I requested it. (And I got it and I “squeeeeeed” when I did)
- The setting appealed to me because it is set in New England (I live in Maine), in a “fictional” town called Mystic Bay (which I suspect comes from the actual town of Mystic in CT, which I have visited and love immensely), and the cover has lobsters on the front (did I mention I live in Maine???). I was not disappointed.
- The characters were great (with the exception of Allie’s sister, whom I really didn’t like), but especially Allie and her Aunt. Their relationship is great. Everyone should have family like that.
- I’d still recommend it to anyone who loves cozies, but also to those who just like a light mystery.
- After all these months, I still remember it fondly!
A person’s feelings about a book long after they’ve read it can say as much (or more!) about the quality of a book as anything else. And I feel good about saying, this was a wonderful summer read that I’d recommend over and over. Really looking forward to getting into the next one when it’s time. 🙂