Friday, May 5, 2017

Book Review: Murder At a Discount by Carlie Lamont

Published March 27, 2017



Synopsis:


Samantha Cambridge thought the day she tore up her business degree and walked away from the life her family had carefully planned out for her, to pursue her passion as a glass artist was the scariest day of her life. Boy, was she wrong. As it happens, the scariest day of her life turned out to be the day she stuck her key in the lock of her struggling flea market shop, intent on opening for business, only to find a mysterious dead guy on the floor. Now, nothing but scary days loom ahead as she—prime suspect #1—her friends, fellow shop owners, and even her Irish Wolfhound, Freeway, get sucked into the fray. With the help of up-and-coming (and deliciously handsome) reporter, Ulysses Molina, Samantha searches for a killer in the crowd. Will she find the murderer or will hers be the next body found at the flea market.


Review:


Let me start by stating, this book needs to be the beginning of a series!  I love Samantha.  She is the kind of person I would make a friend in a flat second!  

Samantha has decided to do her own thing and take a huge chance by leaving her life of security to pursue her art.  I loved this about her because she was her own person and she wanted to do it her way.  I will talk about the book, but like with all my other reviews, I won't give away any spoilers.  And this really sucks because all I want to do is go into detail because I loved it so much, but then, why would you get the book then?

Samantha has a rough morning and stumbles, quite literally, over a body in her glass shop.  I honestly don't think I have ever been more hooked by a group of friends in a book like I was with Samantha, Carol, & Heidi.  They way they interact with each other is both hilarious and sweet.  There is no shortage of intrigue and mystery in this story.  Enter Ulysses.  I was pretty much smitten at first read.  He is incredibly patient with this group and you can totally see why Samantha is crazy about him. 

Did I mention Freeway, her dog?  No.  Well he is the most awesome dog ever.  No really.

There are some wicked fun twists and turns and you won't even know what hit you when you get the outcome.  I was taken aback for sure!

The writing style is super descriptive and easy to keep up with.  The pacing of the book is incredibly well done.  I have read a lot of books where the pacing is off and you just can't keep interested.  This was a book that when I was interrupted during reading, because life does that sometimes, I would find myself getting really irritated.  I was actually super sick when I first stared this book and it made me forget how ill I was!  

You might be surprised to know that the author is actually male and not Carlie Lamont, although that is a cool pen name!  It is Chuck Lemoine, and here is the link to his FB  Chuck Lemoine.  Yes, I did get his permission before revealing his real name.  He is pretty awesome and has great insight into a woman's mind.

This is easily a 5 star for me!  I absolutely recommend you read it.  I loved it so much, that I bought the physical and kindle editions.

~B~

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