Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.
Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.
Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third….
There was so much going on in this story dramawise that I was actually surprised when the murderer was revealed, which was a nice surprise as I think a lot of what I read lately has been predictable. Michael likes his quiet life in his hometown though really wishes for companionship. Jazz has rebuilt his life in this new quiet town but still dealing with drama from his future ex-husband.
I hated that Michael didn’t feel like he has any friends. So many people avoid him since he is the town mortician but he still doesn’t feel that those he interacts with on a daily basis are friends. Jazz bumps into his world and makes his quiet calm life not so quiet and calm.
Now Jazz, I liked him though I thought the non-divorce split he has agreed to with Russell was stupid and would be prone to causing more problems than not. I felt bad when he found out what his ex was really like. Michael and Jazz are great together and Jazz really brings Michael out of his shell. I look forward to other books in this series.
The cover art by Bree Archer is nice and I like the visual of Michael.
ebook, 239 pages
Published: April 30, 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: Lacetown Murder Mysteries: Case One