Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tandem Demise by Duffy Brown: Review and a Giveaway!

Tandem Demise: A Cycle Path Mystery

by Duffy Brown

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Independently Published (October 28, 2018)
Paperback: 298 pages
ISBN-10: 1729374786
ISBN-13: 978-1729374788
Kindle ASIN: B07JRB373X
Smugglers on the hunt, a police chief on the run, lost loot and a dead wedding planner have the Mackinac Island regulars riding in circles.  After solving two murders, bike shop owner Evie Bloomfield thought life on Mackinac Island would settle into boredom until she finds out Nate Sutter, island police chief and once-upon-a-time under cover cop is on the run. Some badass guys from Nate’s Detroit days think he stole money from them in a champagne smuggling operation and now they’re headed to the island to get their loot. Evie is determined to help Nate because he’s a good cop, Nate is determined to keep interfering Evie and island locals out of harms way, and the crooks are determined to get their money.

To add to the island’s problems there’s a dead guy on the dock and the new wedding planner is more interested in playing bedroom bingo than ordering bridal bouquets.  With the help of Fiona, Evie’s BFF and local newspaper editor, Evie is determined to prove Nate innocent, figure out how champagne smuggling, bodies on the dock and a bad wedding planner are tied together and not wind up taking a long walk off a short pier herself.

About the Author

Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She is a National Bestselling author and now conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own. She has two series the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah along with rescue pup Bruce Willis and the Cycle Path Mysteries set on Mackinac Island with judgmental cats Cleveland and Bambino.

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My Thoughts

Tandem Demise by Duffy Brown sends us to Mackinac Island where Evie Bloomfield co-owns Rudy’s Bikes.  Evie and her friend, Fiona are down at the pier to pick up a delivery of kites when they find a dead man with a bottle of champagne in his arms.  Nate Sutter, the chief of police, arrives on the scene and seems to recognize the dead guy.  Evie has had success solving the last two murders on the island, and she does not hesitate to begin investigating this one.  Wedding planner, Bladen Powers is causing disruptions because he is more focused on bedroom hopping than the details of his clients’ nuptials.   Evie finds herself sleuthing without her sidekick, Fiona who has become preoccupied with Detroit cop, Finn McCabe.  Finn is worried that an old smuggling case of Nate’s from when he worked undercover in Detroit is coming back to haunt him.  The men involved believe Nate stole their money and they want it back.  Nate has other worries when Bladen is killed, and the murder weapon belongs to Nate.  Someone is framing Nate and Evie has no intention of letting him take the fall.  With the islander’s help, Nate goes into hiding and Evie sets out to prove his innocence.  Can Evie discover who is framing Nate before he is caught and arrested?
       Braking for Bodies (A Cycle Path Mystery)                                                                                               Geared for the Grave (A Cycle Path Mystery)
Tandem Demise is a humorous and engaging cozy mystery.  I do not recommend reading Tandem Demise as a standalone.  You do need to read the books in A Cycle Path Mystery series in order (or you will be lost).  Duffy Brown has writing style that I classify as easy breezy.  It is light, has humor, good dialogue and steady pacing.  Evie Bloomfield finds herself co-owning Rudy’s Bikes, but she cannot ride a bike (she has the scabs, scars and bruises to prove it).  Evie, though, is a whiz at coming up with unique designs for the bikes and creating them.  I loved the description of her Nancy Drew bicycle (I want it).  The island is filled with quirky characters and charming shops (lots of fudge shops—yum).  I enjoyed the banter between Evie and Nate.  They are cute together and he is fully aware of her shenanigans.  The mystery was interesting with smuggling, murder, good clues, a handful of suspects and misdirection.  Avid cozy mystery readers, though, will have no problem in identifying the guilty party.  Evie is determined to investigate the case and she is not about to let locks stand in her way.  Thankfully, she has Angelo to teach her the fine art of lock picking.  I had a hard time with Evie breaking into the evidence locker.  This destroys the chain of custody if discovered and a guilty person could get away with the crime (I know it is fiction, but Mackinac Island is not a fantasy world).   Settle into a cozy chair and prepare to laugh as read Tandem Demise.  Duffy Brown fans will enjoy this fetching cozy mystery. 

The first two book in A Cycle Path Mystery series are Geared for the Grave and Braking for Bodies. Would you like to win one of Duffy Brown's tote bags?  Duffy has agreed to give away two of the Tandem Demise tote bags.  Become a follower of my page (via email, Twitter, or Google+) and leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win. The contest ends on December 9 at 11:59 p.m.  and is only open to those in the United States. Good Luck!  Visit the other stops on the tour for opportunities to win a tote bag and see what they thought about Tandem Demise (schedule below).  Thank you for visiting today.  I will be featuring The Body in the Attic by Judi Lynn tomorrow.  It is the first novel in The Body in Book series.  I hope you have a splendid day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

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1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy her consignment series, will have to check this out! Thanks!