Title: A Mysterious Mix Up
Author: J.C. Kenney
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Page Count: 189
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Murder hits the stacks when literary agent Allie Cobb investigates a fatality in the local library…
Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference armed with hugs for her cat and her boyfriend, and dreams of a long, hot bath. She’s also getting ready to take the plunge by hiring an intern for her expanding literary agency. But it’s one for the books when Allie finds the town’s librarian—and her longtime role model—seconds away from death on the library floor.
Who would want to poison Vicky Napier—one of Rushing Creek’s most beloved citizens—on the eve of her retirement? But it seems there were toxic people in her life, like the handyman with an obsessive crush, and a wood carver with a hair-trigger temper. The list of suspects includes Allie’s boyfriend, Brent, who’s in the running to take over as town librarian. Avenging her friend’s murder could be a trap as she goes up against a killer determined to write Allie’s epitaph . . .
A Mysterious Mix Up by J.C. Kenney is the third 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’s business has really begun to do well so she begins the process of looking for an assistant to help her out. After returning from a book conference she also finds out that her boyfriend will be getting a job in Rushing Creek at the local library when Allie’s her longtime role model retires. However, before it’s announced Vicky is found murdered which then puts Brent at the top of the suspect list for being in line for her job.
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. I’ve also found after getting into this series that I actually enjoy the characters too and it is good for a few laughs while sorting through suspects which I always enjoy. However, again in this series the victim is someone well liked which I think brings down the tone a bit when it’s not a “bad” guy so in the end I would give this one 3 1/2 stars.
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 children, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.