Wednesday, July 13, 2022

A Poisonous Page by Kitt Crowe

 A Poisonous Page

Book Summary

Kitt Crowe's second Sweet Fiction Bookshop mystery whips up an array of intriguing suspects and motives into a diabolically deft read, perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Joanne Fluke.

It’s summer festival time in Confection, Oregon, and that means a barrage of tourists making cash registers ring at Sweet Fiction Bookshop. But what should be bookseller Lexi’s most lucrative time of year turns disturbing when a member of the chamber of commerce suddenly dies of a heart attack. Not entirely unexpected—considering her family history—but it’s a different story when another chamber member dies just one week later…also, presumably, of natural causes.
Something about this doesn’t read right to Lexi. And it gets more unfathomable when her friend Dash—who dated both women—stands accused of murder! With Cookie, her lovable border collie mix, at her side and countless volumes of inspiration on her shelves, Lexi opens the book on another perplexing case. Who could have murdered two prominent townspeople without leaving even a hint of evidence on the scene? And why is an irksome-but-intriguing detective always seeming to catch her and Cookie working the case?
Lexi’s Confection Rose-colored glasses come off when she learns of thorny discussions among the council members, involving a string of secretive real estate transactions. Enlisting her faithful fellow members of the Macaroon Book Club, Lexi sets out to bind the clues together and clear Dash’s name. But if she can’t devise a clever trap for the real killer, she may soon end up with a very unhappily ever after of her own.
My Thoughts

A Poisonous Page by Kitt Crowe is the second novel in A Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mysteries.  It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series.  In Confection, Oregon two chamber of commerce members are killed.  When one of Lexi’s frenemies is accused of the crime, Lexi and the Macaroons (the book club at the bookstore Lexi manages for her parents) set out to discover the identity of the killer.  There are quite a few characters to keep track of in this series.  It can be hard to keep everyone straight especially those who are friends and those who are not (nasty neighbors, frenemies, and adversaries).  I love Lexi’s dog, Cookie.  She is indeed a smart cookie.  It seems like she understands what people are saying.  

I am not a fan of Detective Chad Berg who feels the need to constantly issue tickets, fines, and warning to Lexi (it’s like he needs to prove he follows the letter of the law).  I do not understand why there is a budding romance between these two characters (I would want to stay as far away from Chad as I could—or, since it is a cozy mystery series, hope that he will be the next victim).  The death of the two chamber of commerce members is straightforward.  I identified the killer long before the second body turned up.  Lexi and her book group were hoping the first death was a murder so they could investigate since they enjoyed solving the last murder.  Lexi and her friends speculate on which person they know could have done the deeds.  They are a direct bunch.  I would have liked more investigating (little sleuthing by Lexi).  I found the dialogue to be off and there is a lot of repetition.  I would have preferred less romance and a more complex mystery.  I did not like the scene where women were slapping each other.  I felt that many of the characters were not realistic (nor is their dialogue) and more than a few are unlikeable.  While I liked Cookie, she does dominate the book (a scene stealer). Lexi walks the dog, talks to the dog, feeds the dog, etc.  I wanted to give this series a second chance (which I did), but I learned that it is not for me.  A Poisonous Page is a lighthearted whodunit with a clever Cookie, fun festivals, a busy bar, a deceased chamber of commerce member, a ticket happy detective, the meddling Macaroons, and a sleuthing Lexi.

A Poisonous Page is available from Amazon*.  The first A Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery is Digging Up Trouble.  If you follow Kitt Crowe on Amazon, you can receive an email when she has a new book release.  I appreciate you stopping by today and reading my review.  I will return tomorrow with Edge of Dusk by Colleen Coble.  It is the first An Annie Pederson Novel.  Do not forget that today is the last day to take advantage of Amazon Prime Day.  There are some great deals.  If you have yet to become an Amazon Prime member now is a great time to join.  I hope that you have happy day.  I am off to do a little housework.  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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