I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.
I'm going through a cozy-mystery burnout, which shouldn't be surprising given the number of them I've read. I go to pick one up off the shelf and the whole plot flashes before my eyes in all its cliched, trope-ridden glory and I put it back on the shelf with a sigh. It's a large part of the reading slump that's been slowly creeping up on me.
I won't say Buy a Whisker defied all expectations and restored my faith, but I picked it because the first book was a little less trope-laden than most and clever with its characters and plotting. I wasn't blown away, but I wasn't disappointed either.
I really like the characters and the lack of vigilante investigating: in the first book the 4 older women decide to do it right and become P.I.'s. The MC doesn't go around interrogating anyone either. I really enjoy reading about how she salvages things and rehabs or repurposes them for her shop and I love her self-sufficiency.
The main plot was well done but its motivation a little far-fetched. The twist at the end was a total surprise.
I'll likely be paring down my mystery series list in the coming months, but this series has so far proven to be a keeper. If I enjoy it when I'm burned out, I expect to love it when I'm back in the reading groove.