Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Lola

Lola Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this wasn’t the type of book I would normally read, I appreciated the fierce and powerful main character who has to fight for every crumb of respect and deserves all of it. The book is gritty and has a lot of unsavory details that bring to life what it’s like to live among drugs and gangs. Lola has a strong moral compass, though its skewed by how she grew up, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to care for the ones she loves.
The story follows her while she fights to stay alive after making enemies of the leaders of rival drug cartels. While I enjoyed the majority of the book the plot felt a little scattered to me and I wished that the book could have been a little more focused. The story jumped around a bit too much, from crooked cops, to addicts in recovery, to dealing with other cartel leaders. Hopefully if Lola’s story continues in future books the story will be a bit more focused. The other thing that dropped my rating was that there were several parts of the story that were completely unbelievable. Details should be researched a little more carefully in future books.
Thank you Blogging for Books for providing me with a copy for review.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Review: Watching the Detectives

Watching the Detectives Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Watching the Detectives by Julie Mulhern is the 5th book in the Country Club Murders and it is a wonderful addition to the series. The story takes place in the 1970’s and follows Ellison Russell as she tries to figure out who killed her interior decorator in her study.

This cozy mystery is both funny and a wonderful read. It takes into account social issues of the time and weaves them seamlessly into the narrative while also providing an entertaining read. Ellison is a windowed artist caring for her teenage daughter and dealing with an overbearing mother. The mystery is full of enough twists and turns and quirky characters to keep you reading late into the night. Overall I would highly recommend this book to any fans of cozy mysteries.

I received this book from NetGalley and Henery Press in exchange for an honest review.

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