My Mini Thoughts
This was my first cozy mystery read so I went into this blind. I liked that our main character Lyla is in a book club and they only read true crime . Hence the name Jane Doe Book Club. When one of the members is left on Lyla’s doorstep stuffed in a suitcase, she immediately begins to investigate.
This was such a fun read! I felt bad for Lyla at times because one of her closest friends, and the owner of the suitcase the body was stuffed in, is a prime suspect. Then there is her overbearing mother who didn’t see that Lyla needed to grieve. However I loved her grandma! Lyla’s grandma is a little spitfire and so fun to read about.
I did not predict who the killer was or their motive! I used to think I was pretty good at that, but this one threw me for a loop! I highly recommend this book, and this is just the first one. If you love cozy mysteries then I would check this one out!
Thank you Author Kate Young and NetGalley for my copy. This one is out today!!
Book Rating: 4/5
Wine Pairing: St Supéry Sauvignon Blanc 2017
The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn’t fun and games…
Lyla Moody loves her sleepy little town of Sweet Mountain, Georgia. She likes her job as receptionist for her uncle’s private investigative firm, her fellow true crime obsessed Jane Doe members are the friends she’s always wanted, and her parents just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. But recently, with her best friend Melanie on vacation, and her ex-boyfriend and horrible cousin becoming an item and moving in next door to her, her idyllic life is on the fritz. The cherry on top of it all is finding Carol, a member of the club, dead and shoved into a suitcase, left at Lyla’s front door.
Unusual circumstances notwithstanding, with Carol’s heart condition, the coroner rules Carol’s death undetermined. But when they discover the suitcase belongs to Melanie, who had returned from her vacation the following morning, Sweet Mountain police begin to suspect Lyla’s best friend. Determined that police are following the wrong trail, to clear her friend’s name, and to not allow Carol to become one of the club’s studied cold cases, Lyla begins to seek out the real killer. That is, until she becomes the one sought after. Now, finding the truth could turn her into the killer’s next plot twist, unless she wins the game of cat and mouse.