Saturday, December 10, 2016

Review: Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts

Charli Rae Warren is a kindergarten teacher in Colorado. She left Hazel Rock, Texas years ago as a teen. Now she has been called home to Texas to sign papers to sell The Book Barn which she is part owner in with her Daddy.

Charli hasn't been in town 5 minutes when she becomes a suspect in the murder of her realtor whose body she finds in the Book Barn. What was supposed to be a quick trip becomes extended fast. And Daddy is nowhere in sight. No one seems to know where he's gotten to or why.

With help from Scarlet who has transformed from ugly duckling to swan, her old beau from high school, and an armadillo, Charli tries to solve the mystery of whodunnit before she or her Daddy end up in jail.

This cozy mystery is a quick, fun read. It reminds me a little of a high school reunion since it refers back frequently to her time as a teen in the town. And at first, the town reacts to her as if she was that same teen. I won't say how things change for better or worse. Scarlet becomes her partner in crime so to speak as they seek the killer and try and improve the Book Barn so it will sell or turn a profit of some kind.

I enjoyed the characters of Charli and Scarlet in particular. The plot moves along well. The reader is provided with the same clues as Charli and Scarlet. There are enough twists in the plot that I didn't guess the killer ahead of time,

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Fatal Fiction is worth a read if you enjoy cozies with a taste of the small town South and a touch of humor. This is the first in a new series called Book Barn mysteries. It was published December 6, 2016 by Lyrical Underground.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.