A Taste of Magic (Sugarcomb Lake Cozy Mystery #1)

A Taste of Magic (Sugarcomb Lake Cozy Mystery #1)A Taste of Magic (A Sugarcomb Lake Cozy Mystery #1)
by Alaine Allister
Genres: Cozy, Literature & Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Women's Fiction
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three-stars

Summary

Out of work reporter Clarissa Spencer is being stalked by a stray cat. She can’t cook to save her life, her garden is an overgrown mess and her chocolate chip cookie addiction is out of control. Then to top it all off, she gets struck by lightning!
Clarissa thinks she has it bad - until she learns the town mayor has been shot to death and his widow has been falsely accused of killing him. Okay, so it could be worse...
Clarissa makes it her mission to expose the true killer before her arch nemesis - an infuriatingly handsome reporter from the city newspaper - can. Unfortunately, solving a murder is easier said than done...especially with the lunacy in Clarissa's life!

In case you haven’t noticed, I have a predilection for paranormal books. I also happen to be a fan of cozy mysteries. So, this book looked like it might be a good choice for me, as it had both.

The book had some humorous parts that made me laugh out loud. I liked the sarcastic nature and silly banter between the Clarissa and Parker. I hope to see more of that in future books.

While I thought the main character was cute & quirky, I felt a superficial response to her. As a book reader, I want to get lost in the characters and feel their feelings. I just didn’t make that connection with Clarissa Spencer. In fact, I had to go back to the book review to remember her name.

I will more than likely read the next book in the series in hopes to get to know the character more, as this series has potential. Maybe the author digs a little deeper in the next installment? I suppose we’ll see.

three-stars

About Alaine Allister

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with reading in general and mysteries in particular. I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book I could get my hands on. Now that I’m old an adult, that passion for reading has turned into a passion for writing.

For me, Sugarcomb Lake is the perfect escape. It’s quaint, charming and all kinds of quirky. I mean, the town has to be pretty quirky considering how many people get murdered there, right?

When I’m not busy writing, I like to curl up with a good book, bake cupcakes, watch scary movies, indulge my online shopping addiction and go for walks. I would write more here, but I need to go attempt to pet a cat. For research.

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