Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Kensington via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review (and trust me, honest is always what you’ll get).
Review: Pretty darn good as cozies go. It took a little while for me to get into the groove of this book, but once I did I read the last two-thirds in one sitting. It was exactly what you’d expect from a cozy: a light, easy read with a twisty-turny mystery in a small town where everyone knows everyone. The Chief of Police is new to town, young and unattached. The female protagonist is also a transplant, though she’s been there a few years and is now pretty established in the town’s close-knit group. Naturally, though she has a non-policing job, her penchant for detective novels means she is curious, and apparently has a good intuition for sleuthing. She is, of course, also available and there is a mutual attraction between herself and the Chief of Police.
The background of the story is mostly the restaurant in which she works and the local theatre where the crime took place. Not sure if the rest of the series will revolve around those two particular locales, but the theatre was a great choice because theatre people are so interesting (I say this as someone who was not a drama geek, but whose friends and boyfriend throughout high school were). I could see a lot of material around that and I’ve not read another series that revolves around the theatre (though food related cozy series abound).
I rather enjoyed this book. Chances are I’ll pick up the next one when it comes out and see how it evolves. It will be interesting to see which direction the series heads.