Saturday, October 29, 2011

A View to a Kilt by Chris Redding

Waking up next to a dead guy can ruin your whole day.  When a wise-cracking interior decorator wants to put her past behind her, the dead body of the mayor’s son makes it pretty clear that won’t happen too easily.

A conservative former computer geek for the FBI is holding on too tightly to his past. His wife died under suspicious circumstances and he believes the decorator has the information to solve the case. Unfortunately for him, she isn’t talking… until a series of events convinces her she needs protection especially when her biggest secret threatens to destroy both their lives.

After spending the night with an old friend, poor Mim wakes up with him dead beside her. This begins a series of several odd happenings that prove to Mim that someone is out to get her. But why? With a handsome cop who mysteriously wants to help take care of her, Mim's got a lot more to deal with than bullets!

This was such a fun cozy mystery to read! The characters all have depth and warmth. There's just the right amount of action to keep you reading. Though there are some gruesome scenes, it's not descriptive enough to give anybody a case of the willies. Throughout most of the book, we know what lies behind the mystery of the attacks on Mim, but the plot twist at the end is sure to drop the jaw of most readers. I had to reread it twice because I didn't see it coming. What I personally enjoyed most about the book is Mim's sense of humor. When she becomes agitated, she makes jokes. They're lame but pretty darn funny.

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