Publication Date: 03/04/2014
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Obsidian Mystery
Genre: Cozy Mystery
(Received for an honest review from Obsidian Mystery)
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Books in the series:
Little Shop of Homicide (2012), Nickeled and Dimed to Death (2013), Dead Between the Lines (2014)
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Excerpt from, Dead Between the Lines, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.
Opening an old-fashioned five-and-dime shop in her small Missouri hometown has been a great change for Devereaux “Dev” Sinclair. But when she hosts a reading group there, she learns that bad writing can mean life or death.
To keep her new business in the black, Dev opens up her shop to local clubs. But in the first meeting of the Stepping Out Book Club, the speaker storms out after members attack his poetry’s sexism and scorn for small towns. Later that night, the poet’s body is found outside Dev’s store.
Dev can’t afford for the murder to close her down, so she does a little stepping out of her own to investigate, with help from her two sexy suitors, Dr. Noah Underwood and Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio. But when the killer threatens Dev, they will have to use every trick in the book to solve the case before she becomes the final chapter in this murder mystery.…
Denise Swanson continues her Deveraux Dime Store mystery series with her latest book, Dead Between the Lines. Swanson does a wonderful job of meshing her dime store theme with other plot elements to create interesting directions for this series. Her latest idea of using the store as a gathering place for community clubs is featured when murder ends up being the subject of the latest book club meeting. Swanson has a way of writing that gathers the reader in and keeps them so interested they can't put it down. A very good addition to the series.
What I liked:
Denise Swanson always delivers a great read, so I wasn't concerned about that. The Deveraux Dime Store series is quite different from her Scrumble River books and it's interesting to see how each new book changes the direction of the series. This time readers have the pleasure of reading not only a good murder mystery, but one with a reading related theme as well. Having the book club meeting in the dime store provided a great avenue for this mystery. I loved the idea that Swanson was able to add that element to give the story even more momentum.
As usual I enjoyed Dev very much. She is a great heroine. She has that spark of curiosity that comes across as more of inquisitiveness. It isn't annoying or pretentious. When she starts asking questions she doesn't seem like someone suspects need to worry about. She just seems like your average young woman, wondering about things, not a detective. It works for her very well. I thought Swanson did a great job of making this heroine attuned to people and able to get information others might not be able to.
I love Dev's love life as well. It's a triangle for sure. She has feelings for Noah, but she also likes Jake. Who will she choose? Maybe we will find out in future books. For now she's dating both of them. Not something I think is necessarily realistic when it comes to men who know about each other, but it goes along with the plot. That long distance relationship stuff is for the birds though, so I think it's Noah who will win out.
The mystery was well written and had some edge to it. The guest author for the book club gathering has written a scathing book of poetry that has tempers on the rise. After having words with several book club members the author ends up dead right in front of Dev's store. I liked the way Dev gets right into the fray of finding out who did it. The suspects were aplenty and the motives were varied and interesting. Not Swanson's strongest effort, but definitely worth the time to try to figure out.
What I didn't like:
There wasn't much I didn't like, but it didn't grab me like some of Swanson's books do. It was a good book for sure, just not my favorite of the series, to date.
If you have read the other books in this series and others by this author, you know how good she is. This is a good addition to the series and continues to move the series forward at a good clip. Looking forward to the next one.
Dead Between the Lines will be available to the public March 4th. It is available for pre-order NOW.
I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
About the Author:
Denise Swanson is the author of the Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery series, and the New York Times bestselling Scumble River Mystery series. She lives in Illinois with her husband, classical music composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat, Boomerang.
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