Sunday, October 6, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Murder in Death's Door County by Elizabeth Rose

Murder in Death’s Door County
By Elizabeth Rose
Jax Publications
Publishing Date: August 8, 2013
ISBN: 1482594471

Amazon Synopsis:

In this humorous Cozy Mystery set in Door County, we join Annie as she discovers romance and makes friends along the way when she gets caught in a murder mystery. Everyone has had been stuck in a job they can't stand, right? In this funny cozy mystery, free-spirited Annie Malone needs to ditch her dull, drab job, but doesn't know how. She is in a rut. She needs a change, and fast. She just graduated from college the year before and got stuck in a job that introduced her to the Peter Principle. Thrown a lifeline from her moonlighting job as a ghostwriter, she packs her suitcase and heads up to idyllic Door County. Asked to ghostwrite a book for an impossible client by an almost-impossible editor, Annie wonders if she is in over her head. She needs the ghostwriting job, but is starting to suspect that all is not what it seems.

Then Annie's editor turns up dead, and her client goes missing. Amid the chaos, she makes fast friends with a bartender, Lizzy, and these two women sleuth to clear Annie's name. Suddenly, the whole story changes and Annie herself is in danger. In Door County, she meets a lot of wonderful people who want to help her... and a few not-so-wonderful people who don't want her to finish this project... To top it all off, a dark mysterious stranger, Donovan Archer, is trying to romance her. Is Donovan who he says he is, and can he help her find her missing client? Annie doesn't know who she can trust until it is almost too late...

My Thoughts:

This was a fun read about a not-so-brilliant protagonist named Annie Malone who takes a ghostwriting job when she quits her very boring job in Milwaukee. Offered an exorbitant amount to interview a difficult client and write his book, she is required to move to Door County. Her editor comes up to meet with her and Annie finds him dead in his bathtub the next morning.

Annie and her new friend Lizzie decide to investigate the murder and all sorts of crazy things start to happen. Filled with descriptions of the area, you can visualize the quaint villages and towns in Door County, perhaps inspiring you to visit there on a holiday.

Not all the events and details make sense and there are several spelling/editing/proofreading errors in the book. For example, no real FBI agent would take a murder suspect on an investigation with him. However, the book was still very interesting and the characters likable. This was a very clean mystery/romance novel.

I gave it 3 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. A free copy does not influence my opinion. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Rose hails from the beautiful state of Wisconsin, originally from Milwaukee, and presently resides in the Fox Valley area (between Milwaukee and Door County). To get a taste for lovely Wisconsin, imagine a place where the temperature can fall from 80°F to 30°F within one day... oh, and throw in a tornado for good measure. But having four distinct seasons is wonderful (even if they do all occur within one day). 

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