Saturday, June 22, 2013

Review: Return to Fender by Virginia Brown

Return to Fender is book 4 in the Blue Suede Memphis Mystery series by Virginia Brown. This series stars Harley Jean Davidson as a sleuth that mostly accidentally solves cases. It's not that she doesn't have a good head on her shoulders, it's that there seem to be a number of people who would like to separate it from her shoulders. Or maybe bury her alive. Or drop her off the side of the Peabody hotel.

Jordan Cleveland likes to dress up as Diana Ross in his spare time. Unfortunately, someone is trying to kill him and not limiting it to his spare time. He begs Harley to help him. Harley figures she will be safe, after all she's not the one they're after. (Can you say famous last words?)

Her friends and family and cop boyfriend are all appalled that she could possibly involve herself in a situation like this after some of her past experiences. Despite their cautions, and in some cases begging, she continues to involve herself with Jordan. And the danger begins.

The story is good. It's a whodunit/ who's-doing-it.  And I couldn't guess who it was right up 'til the end. It's also a humorous mystery. Would make good vacation reading.

I loved the characters. I especially liked her parents. The author did a great job of giving enough backstory when introducing the characters that you didn't feel you needed to read all the other books in the series to understand the one in your hand,

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.