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 just couldn't get into this book at all. I liked the first book well enough that I looked forward to this one, but it just fell flat. I had a hard time remembering who was who from the first book at first, so it took me a while to sort it all out. Then, well, meh.
The characters are all likeable, the plot was serpentine and convoluted and almost too complicated, but it kept you guessing. It was well written. And beyond the pageant stuff - which I have zero interest in on a good day - I like the gardening talk. So I can't really say why this book fell so short for me.
I'll wait for the next book before deciding whether or not to drop this series - it could be just a sophomore slump.