If you are a fan of Penny Reid or Ruthie Knox you will love the humor in this book. For me, the humor was the best part of the book.
"Great. She had the ba$t@rd son of John Wayne and Martha Stewart for a neighbor."
"At the moment, tumbleweeds were her primary crop and grasshoppers her only livestock. "
"I think we need to talk first." "Oh no." Luke backed away as if she'd suggested they take him over to the veterinary clinic for neutering.
The problem is that the humor doesn't match the seriousness of the main plot line which revolves around a murder/disappearance of a teenager several years ago.
Libby has escaped from the big city to become a chicken rancher/journalist after a bad break up. This decision is linked to the love she had for her Fisher Price farm set. Right off the bat you can see Libby is quirky. It is difficult then to take her seriously as an investigative reporter.
Another problem lies with the male characters, ALL of whom are suspected by Libby. Luke, a neighbor, potential suitor, and suspect is hard to get a handle on. He is absolutely sweet, but almost desperate at times. In addition to being a cattle rancher, he also looks after his aging parents -- dad a Vietnam vet with mobility issues and mom who has Alzheimers. For a guy with this kind of responsibility, he seems to have a lot of spare time. My other concern is that he often seemed overly naive.
While there are a plethora of suspects, we are given so many clues that one third of the way into the novel it is possible to determine the guilty party.
I will certainly read the next book in the series, as I think Ms. Kennedy has a witty style. Perhaps a different plot line would make the humor mesh better with the characters.
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (26 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1400129885
- ISBN-13: 978-1400129881
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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