Marji Laine reviews DEATH OF A COUCH POTATO'S WIFE by Christy Barritt
Short Version from Amazon:
Welcome to Boring, Indiana, home to patio cookouts, homeowner dues, carpeted lawns, and neighbors so welcoming they’re dying to meet you — literally.
City slicker turned suburbanite housewife Laura Berry isn’t taking well to life in her new neighborhood. She moved to follow her husband’s dream, and now she can’t tell if she’s clinically depressed or just bored half to death. But Boring becomes anything but when Laura discovers her neighbor Candace Flynn face up on a sofa with her hand buried in a snack bag. With a healthy dose of neighborly suspicion and street smarts, Laura sets out to find Flynn’s killer, but her curiosity becomes desperation when the killer targets Laura.
Someone is determined to stop her from digging deeper into the murder, but Laura is just as determined to figure out who’s behind the death-by-poisoned-pork-rinds.
Death by poisoned pork rinds in Boring, Indiana is only the beginning of the humor with this story. And Laura Berry had more issues than her neighbor's strange murder.
I've enjoyed one other book by Christy Barritt, a riveting romantic suspense called DUBIOSITY. So I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this cozy, but the author proved to be as adept at humor as she is at action and the tension of a suspense. The characters in this town are vivid and more than a little quirky. From the sheriff who sounds like a broken record to the perfect housewife with perfect skin and teeth to the septuagenarian who perpetually abides in her teenage years (complete with attitude). They offered ample suspects for the crime as well as some hilarity in their normal interaction.
And the twists to this mystery are exquisite. I was sure about the culprit, then I wasn't sure. I can tell you I figured things out early on in the story, only to have the continuing battery of complications and viable suspects convince me of other culprits. What a plot weaver.
Fans of cozy mysteries and humorous stories will enjoy this clever book! And take advantage of it as an audio-book. The narrator was outstanding and listening to the story made many hours in the car sheer delight.
About the Senior Reviewer:
Suspense Sister, Marji Laine, loves books and writing. Her own Grime Fighter novella series, about a crime scene cleaner, involves mystery, romance, and a touch of suspense. She's also just released her first full novel, COUNTER POINT, for pre-order.
Living in a Dallas suburb with her hubby of almost 30 years and her twins - the youngest of four - she spends her days homeschooling and transporting her teenagers to various functions, especially volleyball games. She also directs the children's music, helps with the youth choir, and sings in the adult choir at her church, as well as coordinates the high school credit classes along with the website of a large home school co-op. In addition to all of that, she's just been named the Executive Director of Write Integrity Press.
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