Title: A Genuine Fix
Author: J.C. Kenney
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
Page Count: 202
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Murder takes a page out of a killer’s playbook when literary agent Allie Cobb becomes her Indiana town’s number-one bestselling suspect …
Running the family literary business while preparing for her best friend’s wedding, chairing a park planning committee, and getting her rescue cat to bond with her boyfriend’s golden retriever doesn’t leave Allie Cobb much time for crime-solving. But when the guy who stood her up the night of her high school senior prom is killed and dumped in a pile of mulch, Allie’s suddenly the prime suspect.
It’s insulting enough that gambler, drunk, and all-around lowlife Georgie Alonso was found on the site of the memorial park honoring Allie’s deceased father. Now she’s fighting to clear her name and hold off a rush to judgment. But politics, decades-old secrets, and a slew of high-profile suspects make dangerous bedfellows as the eve of the park’s grand opening draws nearer. She’ll have to nab a killer soon, before her storybook life gets a bad ending …
A Genuine Fix by J.C. Kenney is the second book of the cozy Allie Cobb Mystery series. As with most cozy series each book in this series contains it’s own mystery that is solved by the end so each can be read and understood as a standalone. However, some character development happens that carries over book to book for those that follow from the beginning.
Readers met Allie Cobb in the first book who was definitely her father’s daughter as she followed his footsteps into a career as a literary agent. Fresh out of college and trying to make a name for herself Allie chose to begin her career in the big city of New York. However, Allie’s father had taken ill and passed on so she returned to her hometown of Rushing Creek in southern Indiana to attend the funeral and close out her father’s business but then decided to stay.
Now Allie has settled back in to Rushing Creek and running the family literary business and has reconnected with her best friend just in time to plan a wedding. Allie has also started her own relationship and volunteered for the park planning committee so the last thing on her mind is solving another murder but when a guy from high school who had stood her up is killed suddenly Allie becomes a suspect because of their past in the small town.
I have to admit that the biggest appeal to this series for me is that it was set in my home state of Indiana and I always find it fun when places I’m familiar with are mentioned. However, I found after getting into this series that I actually enjoyed the characters too and it is good for a few laughs while sorting through suspects which I always enjoy. After finishing book two I would give this one 3 1/2 stars and still continue onto book three to see what else is in store.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he’s not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.