(Murder-by-Month Mystery #1)
by Jess Lourey
I read this several years ago but apparently didn’t write a review. In fact, it’s been so long since I read it that it felt like I was reading it again for the first time but with full knowledge of the characters and their stories. Made for an interesting read! I suggested this for the r/CozyMystery May book club read after I decided to re-read the series before I get into the final book (I’ve been putting it off because I’m not ready to say goodbye to Battle Lake and Mira. *sob*)
I love Mira. I would want her to be my BFF if we lived in the same universe. She’s equal parts awkward, hilariously dark humored and a bit of an overthinker. Basically, she’s me as a fictional character. And I think that’s why I love this series so much, it’s not often I find someone who comes up with worse jokes in bad situations than I do. And now that I think about it, it’s all of the characters in this and all the books in the series that kept me coming back with each book. I know how the characters evolve as the series goes on, so it was a real treat to go back to where it started.
As for the plot, who killed archaeologist (and one time football star) Jeff and why? I loved the plot with all its twists and turns and Mira’s fumbling attempts to investigate made it all the more realistic. I loved all of the funny moments along the way, from that party (had me laughing out loud!) to breaking into places to trying to spy on someone’s conversation through a window, it was both comical and also…I mean, who wouldn’t think along the lines that Mira did? Who wouldn’t dress in black from head to toe to break into a house or sneak into a party? I probably would’ve done all of the things Mira did, which made it feel more authentic to me. And that creeptacular ending! Have to say, if you saw that coming, my hat is off to you. This was my second time reading it and I didn’t even remember that ending.
Overall, this was a deftly plotted and well written debut in this series and one I definitely recommend.
Published March 8th 2006 by Midnight Ink