Book Review: Dead on the Bayou by June Shaw

August 29, 2017 Advanced Readers Copy, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Dead on the Bayou by June ShawDead on the Bayou (A Twin Sisters Mystery) by June Shaw
on August 22nd 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 194
Source: NetGalley
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It may be easier to patch up an old home than a broken heart. But along the Louisiana bayou, where beauty and danger mingle all too seamlessly, thoughts of romance may have to simmer on the back burner . . .

Twin sisters and fellow divorcees Sunny Taylor and Eve Vaughn have established their home repair and remodeling business with an eye toward quality and personal attention. So when they’re approached by hunky Dave Price to fix up his bayou fishing camp, they’re more than happy to take the job—especially since they both secretly think he may prove to be more than just another satisfied customer . . .

The ramshackle campsite could certainly use a woman’s touch. What it does not need is a dead body—but that’s what the trio stumble across. Clearly, the poor soul was murdered—and once the town tongue-waggers get going, Sunny, Eve, and Dave come under suspicion of the police, not to mention potential clients . . .

Now, with their futures on the line, their brewing love triangle will have to wait. Helped—and harried—by the twins’ mother and her retirement home’s cadre of amateur sleuths, the trio starts snooping on their own. But when another dead body turns up, they’ll have to get their hands dirtier than a swamp-bottom snake if they hope to clear their names . . .

Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies

 

I was so excited for this but sadly, it just didn’t hit any of my cozy mystery spots. I like the premise but was taken aback by the sister’s relationship. I have not read book one in the series, so that could be the problem.

This is set in Louisiana. I live in Louisiana, although not on the water sadly, so I was psyched to pick this up and see what kind of world the author could make. I enjoyed most of it but the relationship between the twins, a weird love triangle, kept throwing me off of the whodoneit story.

Trying to help out a friend, Dave, Sunny and Eve wind up getting way too close to a corpse and wind up being the center of an investigation. What’s even worse, if that’s possible, small towns talk so everyone knows who was there when the corpse was found. Doesn’t help that the cops seem way laid back and will tell anyone nearly everything!

What is really strange, other than the love triangle trope, which drives me insane, is that the sisters do not seem to have a great relationship. Eve is going through trying to come to terms with her grandson having to move away, so I understand why she is distant but she also seems rather mean. Everyone is going out of their own way to step on eggshells when they are around her. She also talks very little. Being that this is my first book with them, I was taken aback by how little characterization there was with Eve. I liked Sunny better, but the fact that she was constantly doing her best to get around Eve’s attitude made her as frustrating as Eve’s narcissism.

I’m not sure how I feel about this plot. It was okay. I didn’t figure out the ending, which is a plus, but the rest has made me disgruntled. I enjoy cozy mysteries because you can sit back and fall into a mysterious plot without too much fear of the plot being a psychological thriller, and hopefully not too much romance. This didn’t have any of the great things that I love about cozy mysteries. I think the characterization can be worked on but if I were to read another book it would be to hope that Sunny finally grew a backbone.

 

Rating Report
Plot
3 / 5
Character Development
2.5 / 5
Writing Style
3 / 5
Personal enjoyment
2.5 / 5
Cover
4 / 5
Overall: 3 / 5

 

 

June lives near lazy bayous of south Louisiana surrounded by her wonderful four children and their children, her squeeze Bob, and many friends. She writes the Cealie Gunther mystery series and other books.

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