Girlfriend Power! Murder! And let the mayhem commence!
This was a fun, quirky, cozy mystery with a load of humor and some teasing romance tossed in for good measure. I had a good time reading this lighter story that was a team writing effort though don’t ask me who wrote what since it was seamless from my perspective.
Addison Allen and Harley James have been best buds since childhood along with Addison’s brother who also happens to be Harley’s not so secret crush. The friendship wasn’t supposed to last since Addison is filthy rich and Harley not even close. But they are ‘help you bury the body’ close and that is why when a real body turns up, Addison knows that Harley isn’t guilty. But proving it to the hottie detective that puts some fire in the normally cool and collected Addison’s panties is another story. But prove it these two intrepid gals will.
Harley adores Addison and more than adores her brother, Asher, but she has never figured out why the pair want her in their life. Rich, handsome, and accomplished pair who turned out so different from the country club society they were raised in. She’s a hick from the sticks and she just got fired from her last job with not a prospect in sight. Now, she’s jobless and a suspect in a murder investigation. She needs to clear her name and that means figuring out who set her up and why. Addison is ahead of her on this one and enjoys playing detective much to the annoyance of the handsome, hardworking police detective, Jake, who Harley thinks might just be the man for her strong-willed bestie. And dare she hope in the expression she catches in Asher’s eyes whenever he looks at her lately?
The story is a blend of elements, but it was refreshing and fun that friendship was at the forefront. There might be a murder investigation and a pair of romances for these ladies, but what they have together is always present. They swap back and forth with the narration and as a result the reader gets to know both the woman and their special connection. Snarky and flirty humor round things out to make this light entertainment to lift a dreary afternoon or make a dental office visit not such a torture.
The mystery is solid enough even if the antics of Addison turn it more comedic than serious. One really can’t take things too seriously to enjoy this one though there are some nice reveals and things get exciting a few times.
The very end shows that this is the opening gamut of a new series and there are threads that will carry over including the romantic entanglements and the flair for detection that the murder mystery brought out for Addison and Harley. Look forward to their next ‘case’.
I can easily recommend this to those who enjoy lighter mysteries with a splash of romance.
My thanks to the authors for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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