On Borrowed Crime
A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
by Kate Young
About On Borrowed Time
A shoe-in read for fans of Ellery Adams and Kate Carlisle, On Borrowed Crime is the first in Kate Young's new Georgia-set, sweet tea filled, Jane Doe Book Club mysteries.
The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn't fun and games...
Lyla Moody loves her sleepy little town of Sweet Mountain, Georgia. She likes her job as receptionist for her uncle's private investigative firm, her fellow true crime obsessed Jane Doe members are the friends she's always wanted, and her parents just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. But recently, with her best friend Melanie on vacation, and her ex-boyfriend and horrible cousin becoming an item and moving in next door to her, her idyllic life is on the fritz. The cherry on top of it all is finding Carol, a member of the club, dead and shoved into a suitcase, left at Lyla's front door.
Unusual circumstances notwithstanding, with Carol's heart condition, the coroner rules Carol's death undetermined. But when they discover the suitcase belongs to Melanie, who had returned from her vacation the following morning, Sweet Mountain police begin to suspect Lyla's best friend. Determined that police are following the wrong trail, to clear her friend's name, and to not allow Carol become one of the club's studied cold cases, Lyla begins to seek out the real killer. That is, until she becomes the one sought after. Now, finding the truth could turn her into the killer's next plot twist, unless she wins the game of cat and mouse.
About Kate Young
Kate Young writes southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzus. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.
On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young takes us to Sweet Mountain, Georgia where Lyla Moody works as a receptionist for her private investigator uncle. Lyla has always been fascinated with mysteries and true crime. She belongs to the Jane Doe Book Club that reads mystery novels and analyzes cold cases. Lyla’s life gets turned upside down when a suitcase is left outside her door. When she opens it the next morning with her best friend, Melanie. The duo are shocked when they find the body of fellow book club member and friend, Carol Timms. Melanie becomes the prime suspect much to Lyla’s dismay. Lyla sets out to prove her friend did not commit the crime which catches the attention of the killer. Lyla’s first real case may be her last. On Borrowed Crime is the debut of A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery series. Lyla Moody lives in a small Southern town in Georgia. Her father is a respected psychiatrist, her mother is a true Southern lady, and her grandmother encourages Lyla in her fascination with crime. I just loved Gran. She is a spunky woman with a sense of humor. Lyla works as a receptionist for her PI uncle with the hopes of becoming a partner in the practice one day. When a member of her book club is murdered and left on her doorstep, Lyla gets her chance to work a real case. The police focus their investigation on Lyla’s best friend, Melanie. Lyla must work quickly to get justice for her deceased friend and make sure her bestie does not end up in jail. There are a variety of suspects in this whodunit. There is even a link to a cold case that is intriguing. There are good clues that helped me identify the guilty party. I liked seeing Lyla investigating plus there is action and danger. There is repetition of details (size of parents’ house and her mother’s dislike of Lyla’s interest in crime for example) that needed to be eliminated along with the foul language. I was not a fan of Lyla’s meanspirited cousin, Ellen. She seemed cliché along with Lyla’s ex-beau being the local police chief. I am hoping that the main characters will get further development in future installments. They need more fleshing out. Those readers who are fans of Kate Young’s A Marygene Brown Mystery series will enjoy A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery series as well. On Borrowed Crime is a humorous Southern cozy mystery with rampant rumors, nosy neighbors, a generous Gran, curious clues, a murdered mate, and a frightened friend.
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