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Saturday, December 10, 2016
FATAL FICTION by Kym Roberts
Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts is a fun new cozy mystery with a sassy southern flair, a most unique pet, very likable (and diverse) characters… ~Reading is my SuperPower
Kym Roberts debut book brings fresh new characters with southern charm and witty fun. ~Shelley’s Book Case
The pace was perfect, the twists are sharp, the hint of romance was just right and the humor was blended throughout the entire story with skilled precision. ~Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book
What a great start to a new series! I always love books set in small towns in Texas especially if the author gets the feel of the characters/town right, and Kym does that in this book. ~Storeybook Reviews
When kindergarten teacher Charli Rae Warren hightailed it out of Hazel Rock, Texas, as a teen, she vowed to leave her hometown in the dust. A decade later, she’s braving the frontier of big hair and bigger gossip once again . . . but this time, she’s saddled with murder!
Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .
Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .
About The Author
Three career paths resonated for Kym Roberts during her early childhood: detective, investigative reporter, and . . .nun. Being a nun, however, dropped by the wayside when she became aware of boys—they were the spice of life she couldn’t deny. In high school her path was forged when she took her first job at a dry cleaners and met every cop in town, especially the lone female police officer in patrol. From that point on there was no stopping Kym’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement. Kym followed her dream and became a detective who fulfilled her desire to be an investigative reporter, with one extra perk—a badge. Promoted to sergeant, Kym spent the majority of her career in SVU. She retired from the job reluctantly when her husband dragged her kicking and screaming to another state, but writing continued to call her name, at least in her head. Visit her on the web at kymroberts.com.
What a hoot this book turned out to be. The characters are over the top funny and kept me laughing throughout the book. The story is set in a little town called Hazel Rock, Texas. The description of the town was like going back to the old days of a town like Mayberry. I remember that show so well. The town gathered at the barbershop to gossip and there was always cooky characters to keep the show interesting. In Hazel Rock ,we have the local beauty parlor where all the latest news can be found. I especially liked the Texas twang that was used such as "fuzz buckets."
Charli has been gone from her hometown for a long time. She is hoping to sign papers on the bookstore her dad wants to sell and head back to her nice life as quickly as possible. The store is called The Book Barn Princess and I could visualize how different it looked compared to the other stores in the town. As Charli arrives at the store she finds a dead body. Who is the person found dead in the store? It sure isn't a great welcome home for Charli.
The story has many diverse characters and plenty of suspects. The town at first seems to blame Charli for the murder. Will anyone come to Charli's defense? After leaving town for so long Charli senses that she is not quite welcomed back like she thought she would be. The high school rumors about her seem to stick in people's minds. As she walks into the diner you could hear a pin drop. The big question is where is her dad? Why is he suddenly missing? There are some great characters you meet throughout the story and I had a hard time figuring out who the killer was. I don't want to give anything away, but there are many surprises in this funny cozy mystery. I loved the banter between Charli or as people know her "The princess" and her old high school boyfriend.
Grab yourself a glass of sweet tea and enjoy this funny and sometimes quirky mystery. Some of the characters were a bit over the top and I especially loved the pet in the story. I think the pet was one of the most creative additions to the story. Will the killer be caught before the bookstore gets destroyed? I am looking forward to the next book in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Great Escapes Book Tour. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.