Title: Picture Not Perfect
Author: D.E. Haggerty
Genre: (cozy) mystery, romantic suspense, contemporary romance
A picture tells a story. But is it the truth?
When the police find pictures of Melanie hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house, they’re convinced he was stalking her. Maybe she even killed him. Melanie was not being stalked! And she certainly didn’t kill her supposed stalker – as if. But Mel – always up for a bit of drama – jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer. When Mel’s ex-boyfriend, Owen, discovers her plans, he pulls out all the stops to ensure she’s safe and to win her back. No matter what happens with the murder investigation, he’s not letting her go. With the police setting their sights on Mel, he may need to jeopardize his own career on the police force to protect her.
Will Mel find the real killer before the detectives arrest her for murder?
What a fun book this was to read! Mel is a complex character who fights with the reader when the reader simply wants to like her. The three-musketeer aspect of this book was very enjoyable. Ter is of course all the Ter she can be but Pru is a breath of fresh air to the two besties. This murder mystery keeps the reader guessing and try as one might, it was hard to pin down who did the crime before it was finally revealed.
What I couldn't stop thinking is how this series of cozy mysteries reminds me of the Mike Hammer mysteries as penned by Mickey Spillane. I honestly believe this author has created the 21st century version of the Mike Hammer mystery! I cannot wait to read Finders not Keepers.
Picture Not Perfect has a great murder mystery, suspense, intrigue, romance and the value of friendship clearly defined. A fantastic read that would be great on a beach, in a cabin, on a rainy weekend or when commuting via public transit. An easy fun read that will appeal to any fan of mystery novels.
My Rating: 5 stars
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I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom's Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn't flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.
Picture Not Perfect is my fourteenth novel.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N