by Nancy McGovern
I enjoyed this fast paced cozy mystery. Ms. McGovern’s characters were very well written and believable, and I cared about what happened to them. It is book one in a six book series called A Murder in Milburn, and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of them.
I read Death at a Diner as an eBook, and have found that I like reading on my phone’s Kindle app just as much as on my Kindle Fire! And they sync, so I can read on either device and pick up where I left off. :)
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I enjoyed learning the back stories and history of the characters because they all went to high school together. I did not guess the murderer, which is always a good thing.
Raquel ~ likeable, she is determined and focused, she is an accountant who saves for years to open a diner with her friend.
Nora ~ very likeable, she is kind and loyal…she is Raquel’s best friend and co-owner of their soon-to-be opened diner.
Harvey ~ very likeable, he is charismatic and charming…he is dating Nora and may or may not be linked to a murder.
Sean ~ likeable, he is protective and hard-working… he is the town’s sheriff and Nora’s old schoolmate.
Stanley and Santino ~ not at all likeable, they are both villainous in the way they control others…Stanley leads a cult and Santino runs an illegal gambling ring.
Jordan ~ somewhat likeable, he is indifferent at times yet completely devoted…he is Ashley’s husband and Raquel’s ex-boyfriend.
Ashley ~ somewhat likeable, she is concerned and friendly…she is Harvey’s receptionist and Jordan’s pregnant wife.
As Raquel and Nora prepare to open a diner together in the town they grew up in, a terrible crime is committed, changing the course of the their future. The crime is investigated and many secrets are uncovered, some connecting people who wouldn’t seem to be connected.
There were a few things that bothered me, like having to think about what living in a religious cult could be like, and seeing the abuse done to someone who works for a dangerous, wealthy man, but the focus was not on the things so I did enjoy the book.
I thought that the story was going to be about the two friends working together to solve a crime but it wasn’t and that surprised me, in a good way. I like being kept guessing. :)
do I recommend it? yes!
…if you like cozy mysteries
…if you like small towns where everybody knows everybody
…if you don’t mind tense moments
…if you like whodunnits
…if opening a restaurant or diner are of interest to you
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