Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Drop Dead Divas

Drop Dead Divas by Virginia Brown
Bell Bridge Books, 2010
255 pages
Mystery; Contemporary
3/5 stars

Source: Received a free e-copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I requested this, I did not realize it was the second book in a series, which was unfortunate because there are many references to the murder and various happenings that somewhat confused me. I'm also very much not the target audience for this book, which I would describe as middle-aged Southern women like the main characters of this book. In comparison, I am in my twenties and am a proud Yankee.  But there were still charms in this book.

I loved the small-town feel where pretty much everyone knows everyone and is related to a big part of the town. I enjoyed seeing their relationships and the gentle chatter. Because this was a cozy, it wasn't too violent and I enjoyed seeing the ladies detect even when the patronizing police told them to stay at home and knit.

I mostly liked the narrator Trinket although I wish there had been more of her "gentleman friend" Kit, who she says she likes but who we see very little of. I attempted to like Trinket's best friend and cousin Bitty because she plays a prominent role but she's pretty awful and inevitably I ended up cringing whenever she made a tactless statement (i.e. often).

As to the mystery, I didn't think much of it. The story was pretty tightly focused on it although there were diversions as Bitty fears she's about to become broke, despite being very far from that situation.  I'm not sure there were often clues to actually solve the murder but I didn't mind too much.

Overall: A competent cozy; not my favorite and I doubt I will be continuing with the story.

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  1. LOL don't worry, B! You're not the only one who accidentally read the second book of a series before the first. x)

    I actually love books set in small towns too, because I always feel like they have so much potential! :) Great review as always!

  2. This is the first time I've seen this one. It's sometimes easy to mistake a book's number in a series, you're not the only one, haha. Thanks for the review :)

  3. I've never heard of this series. Great review. Cozy mysteries aren't my favorite mysteries although there are many I like. They are hit or miss for me.


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