Series: Aimee Machado Mystery (Book 1)
ISBN #: 978-1603812238
Page Count: 340
Copyright: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
(Taken from back cover)
Aimee's heartbreaker of a brother and best friend, Harry, just happens to be one of the last people to see Bonnie alive, but he is hardly the only suspect. Bonnie was notorious for her wild partying and man-stealing ways, and she has left a trail of broken hearts and bitterness. Aimee is determined to get her brother off the suspect list.
Aimee's snooping quickly makes her a target. Isolated on her grandparents' llama farm where she fled post-breakup, she realizes exactly how vulnerable she is. Three men have pledged to protect her: her brother Harry, her ex, Nick, and the dashing hospital administrator with a reputation for womanizing, Jared Quinn. But they can't be on the alert every minute, not when Aimee is so bent on cracking the case with or without their help.
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I'm always in the search of a good mystery. I enjoy putting my detective skills to work and exercising my brain in trying to figure out clues. It's a good thing I received this book for free because the cover alone would not have drawn me in, had it been sitting on a bookstore's bookshelf. Although, the llama on the front would've probably made me go, "What the heck?" and I would've picked it up to read the summary to see if it told me what a llama was doing on the cover.
Aimee has recently received her Master's in Library Science with a focus on Forensics and this job at Timbergate Medical Center is her first real job. She's excited by the chance to be a part of something helpful to the local law enforcement: a forensic library where help in solving crimes could be found. She's naturally inquisitive, which shows in how she gets others to share gossip with her. Being inquisitive can cause problems, especially when there's a murder investigation going on ... which puts Aimee in the sights of the killer.
Harry, Aimee's brother, became a playboy when his last serious girlfriend broke his heart. He's even been connected to the recently deceased Bonnie Beardsley, which puts him on the suspect list with the police. Aimee and Harry are best friends as well as siblings so she knows when Harry's hiding something from her. She's just not sure what it is. Did he have something to do with Bonnie's death?
Then there's Mr. Beardsley, Aimee's boss and Bonnie's husband. On Aimee's first day on the job, he gets questioned by the police about the disappearance of his wife. When it's known she's dead and recently found in a nearby dumpster, he doesn't seem all that sad about it. In fact, he's practically skipping into the office and whistling. Not common behavior when someone's loved one has been murdered, but did he do it?
Overall the story was engaging and, surprisingly, a quick read. I do think it might have been dragged out just a little bit, but not enough to be overly noticeable ... and I also appreciated that the main person involved wasn't someone you'd readily suspect. I think the majority of you mystery lovers out there would enjoy giving this one a go, as I did.
*A physical copy of this novel was provided for the purposes of this blog tour as well as in exchange for an honest review.