ARC: Burnt Secrets

This cozy mystery is enjoyable, but it has some flaws. #spon | A book review by NewberyandBeyond.com
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Note: I received an ARC of this book through Bliss Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

A dangerous drug smuggling ring has taken control of Western North Carolina. They have a very unpleasant way of getting rid of their enemies. All law enforcement agencies have been called in to stop this threat. Marge, Abby, Liz and Shawn are anxious to help out. But will their efforts put them in more danger than FBI Special Agent Paul Froman can protect them from? Among all this turmoil there is humor and a pinch of romance. (Summary via Goodreads.com)

This book is the latest in a string of cozy mysteries that have found their way onto my Kindle. Unfortunately, Burnt Secrets is the second book in a series, and I definitely felt like I was missing some things as I read. Still, I was able to gather enough information to understand the story without too much trouble.

In the book, Marge and her friends are amazed to be caught up in a web of mystery that seems to involve a much-despised doctor at the hospital where they work. As Marge gets deeper into the mystery, FBI agent Paul Froman reappears in her life, causing her to feel pulled between him and her ex-husband, who has recently been shaping up and trying to woo her back.

I enjoyed the characters in this book, and the mystery was an interesting one, if a bit convoluted and confusing at times. My main problem in this book was the way it was written. Much of the conversation seemed stilted or oddly formal, and even worse, the book is full of telling instead of showing. Part of the reason I wasn’t totally lost in reading this book without reading the first in the series is because everything is plainly spelled out for you, which got frustrating at times. I feel that this would have been a much stronger book if there had been more “showing” through the actions of the characters and less “telling” of every detail.

Rating: Meh

P.S. If you’re interested in cozy mysteries, here are a few I recommend: Gone But Knot Forgotten, Alcatraz Rose, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder.

31 Days of All Things Books by NewberyandBeyond.com
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About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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