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5 stars for A Sour Note (A Music Box Mystery Book 1) #cozymystery #romanticmystery #bookreview

Title: A Sour Note (A Music Box Mystery Book 1)

Author: Jill Piscitello

Genre: Cozy Mystery, Romantic Mystery

Book Blurb:

On the heels of a public, broken engagement, Maeve Cleary returns to her childhood home in Hampton Beach, NH. When a dead body turns up behind her mother’s music school, three old friends land on the suspect list. Licking her wounds soon takes a back seat to outrunning the paparazzi who spin into a frenzy, casting her in a cloud of suspicion. Maeve juggles her high school sweetheart, a cousin with a touch of clairvoyance, a no-nonsense detective, and an apologetic, two-timing ex-fiancé. Will the negative publicity impact business at the Music Box— the very place she’d hoped to make a fresh start?

My Review:

Maeve is a one-of-a-kind heroine. She doesn't have much to offer beyond her physical looks. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, she does manage to accomplish things in her own style. Her attempt to solve a murder mystery does make one think of how well a Kardashian would do so.

The mystery is the thing that raises this book above the competition. A true mystery aficionado will be kept guessing right to the end. The original and creative nature of the mystery keeps the reader turning the pages.

As for the romance in the book, it is much more introspective than active. I have never read a slow burn romance like this book. This slow burn had the kindling go out a few times and then people had to look for more matches and crumpled newspapers.

The character creation is remarkable. Even the secondary characters fill the book with depth and make the location come alive. If you are a fan of reality tv shows about shiny people, you may enjoy this book! If you are a fan of a good mystery, then this book is for you. There are not many people like Maeve which makes a character like her stand out.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Jill Piscitello is a teacher, author, and an avid fan of multiple literary genres. Although she divides her reading hours among several books at a time, a lighthearted story offering an escape from the real world can always be found on her nightstand.

A native of New England, Jill lives with her family and three well-loved cats. When not planning lessons or reading and writing, she can be found spending time with her family, trying out new restaurants, traveling, and going on light hikes.

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Reviewed by: Mr. N


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