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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Dead as a Door Knocker (House Flipping Mystery, #1)

Dead as a Door Knocker - Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly writes a very good series about an IRS agent, Tara Holloway, and a surprisingly decent series about a police officer and her K-9 (surprising because the dog has its own chapters).

 

This is not on par with those other efforts.  This was just short of awful.

 

The characters are good, but the author has fully grown adults running around saying “the b word” but not thinking twice about haring off to the home of someone they decide must be a suspect and “interrogating” them, flinging accusations around like confetti.

 

The plot was well constructed but just about smothered under chapters of introspection and a detective just short of being earnestly incompetent.  

 

Sawdust is awesome, but Kelly tends to give him slightly canine tendencies that don't quite ring true, and frankly, no matter how endearing Sawdust is, a reader can't help but wonder if this isn't a marketing gimmick to appease the cat lovers out there.

 

Disappointing, but this won't be a series I'll be continuing.