The Cynthia Shade Mysteries Book 1
by Lee James
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Cynthia Shade. That’s her name. She has ADHD and cynophobia. That’s just a fancy way of saying she’s terrified of dogs. Not all dogs mind you, just the tiny ones that come at you with their razor-sharp fangs and frenzied eyes. To make it worse, she can’t find a job, rather, she can’t keep a job, and she’s about to be evicted. Just when she gets a glimmer of hope she’s blackmailed into trying to solve a murder.
Cue the handsome sheriff who awakens real interest in perpetually single Cynthia, and a cast of crazed suspects. One of whom is determined she doesn’t make it out of this adventure alive.
This was a fun cozy mystery about a broke caterer trying to get her food truck up and running, but stumbles into solving a murder.
I’m a sucker for a good mystery and this was a good one. I enjoyed the characters, and the plot was very interesting. Cynthia’s fear of dogs had me cracking up. The dynamics between her and Sam was the main reason I kept reading the book. The supporting characters helped move the story and I am glad the author didn’t let the spark of romance between Cynthia and the sheriff Arric take over. Sam was an aggressive older lady that was very convincing.
Cynthia’s mother and sister did get on my nerves trying to make her do what they wanted instead of letting her find her own path. I will say at her age she should have found a career a while back.
This was a fast-paced book with small clues, rich characters and the right number of potential suspects. I didn’t figure out the killer until the last few chapters. If you like cozy mysteries with a little bit of humor, then this book is for you. I myself will definitely read more mysteries by this author.
Lee James writes stories of hope and redemption. Whether it’s fantasy, mystery or historical fiction, her beautifully awkward characters traverse a dark labyrinth on their journey to a hopeful end. She is vehement about the importance of creating and preserving the sanctity of the written word. In that vein, she supports literacy programs and her local libraries. Most importantly, she supports her fellow writers. When not writing, she enjoys photography, watching The Simpsons, and of course, reading.
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