Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: A Marjorie McClelland Mystery #1
Marjorie McClelland is a mystery novelist in the small town of Ridgebury. Creighton Ashcroft just bought the local mansion. When he sees Marjorie walking trough town he falls head over heels in love with her. Taking her out for a stroll in the garden surrounding his house they find a body. Marjorie sees it as the perfect opportunity to write a true crime book instead of a novel and injects herself in the investigation dragging Creighton along.
As I do not mind the detailed descriptions in thriller or mystery books I do not often read cozy mysteries. I should pick one up more often though as I enjoyed reading this book. The light tone made the whole 'there is a dead body' experience less significant and pays more attention to interaction between the characters. At points the wittiness became a bit annoying but that is probably more because I am not used to it.
The development in the story is done nice. I found it hard to puzzle along with the mystery. I had expected to be able to puzzle more as most of the investigation is seen trough the eyes of Marjorie and Creighton. There are some surprising twists and turns that keep the story fresh. The love story impressed less though I had a good laugh about Creighton's actions to try and get Marjorie's attention.
Marjorie is a very witty personality. I am not really sure I like her though. At some points she is naive in a charming way but I could not shake the feeling that it was fake. Specially the way she was treating Creighton disturbed me a lot.
Creighton is having a similar problem only his is with being a son from a wealthy family and growing up in society. Despite the fact he retired in his early thirties and wants to retreat to a mansion in the country he does not like the whole I am rich and know people in the New York society thing. Though he seems to pull it of throughout the book I still had a hard time feeling it.
I liked Detective Jameson and would not have mind to have a peak in his head. He is a real policeman but has his funny side that shows sometimes.