Tuesday, October 6, 2015

COZY MYSTERY: Caught Read-Handed by Terrie Farley Moran


Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for their annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers’ haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new staff member, Tanya Lipscombe—also known as “Tanya Trouble.” She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when she’s later found murdered in her own hot tub.

The man last seen arguing with Tanya is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy’s former boss—and he’s no murderer. Now it’s up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan’s name and make sure the real killer gets booked.

Includes a recipe for Miss Marple scones!


Sassy sets out to help an accused murderer when she discovers that the accused is the brother of her former employer.  But as usual she butts heads with Lieutenant Frank Anthony in her efforts to help which results in some of the most entertaining exchanges in the book.  The two are quite opposite in character and so irritate each other greatly but I have a sneaking suspicion that they are attracted to each other.  I'm eager to read future books in order to find out.  I also thoroughly enjoyed Sassy's interactions with her other friends, especially Bridgy and the cafe.  If a place like that existed where I live I can guarantee that I would spend a lot of time there.  I also have thoroughly enjoyed the setting with the gorgeous sunsets and ocean breezes. The mystery itself was interesting as well with the victim being one that a number of people would want to dispose of but the evidence against the accused is pretty solid.  I appreciated the fact that Sassy's efforts mostly focused on helping her friend deal with the challenges associated with having a family member accused.  But Sassy keeps her eyes open and picks up several important clues as a result.  This book is a great example of what I enjoy so much about cozy mysteries, great characters, awesome setting, and interesting mysteries.

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