BOOK REVIEW + $25 Gift Card GIVE AWAY - Gingerbread Dead by Lori L. Robinett
by Lori L. Robinett
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
Jessica Barker blogs
about true crime for an online magazine. Blogging for others is far from her
dream job, but she's willing to pay her dues so that someday she'll have a
podcast of her own.
Then, Jess witnesses
what appears to be her next-door neighbor in distress and Jess is the only one
who seems to care. When the cops dismiss her as a bothersome true crime
reporter with an overactive imagination, Jess must delve into the life of her
mysterious neighbors, Rory and John Regan – with hints at embezzlement and
gambling – before someone ends up dead.
Lori L. Robinett introduces a new series about the adventures of an aspiring podcaster that will appeal to fans of true crime and cozy mysteries.
The officers finished their interrogations and huddled together on the front porch, comparing notes. Jess studied her neighbor, who had black streaks down her face where her mascara had run. The woman stared at nothing, her lower lip pooched out a bit and the corners of her mouth turned down.
The two officers motioned for the husband to join them, and they helped the woman to her feet. She still swayed slightly and her head bobbled. Though she resisted weakly, her husband took her arm and led her inside, thanking the officers before closing the door.
Jess couldn’t believe her eyes. Stunned, she rushed forward. “Wait! You’re just going to leave her there?” She stood in their way, feet planted wide.
The older cop studied her for a beat, then sighed heavily. “Seems they had a bit of an argument earlier this evening and the missus had a bit too much to drink.” He spoke slowly, like he was explaining something to a child. He held out his arms and moved forward, herding Jess and Mrs. Miller away from the front porch.
Taking a step back, Jess settled her fists on her hips.
“Listen, this is serious.”
The younger officer elbowed his partner, leaned in close and whispered something. He hooked his thumb toward Jess.
Gingerbread Dead is the first book in Lori L. Robinett’s new
cozy mystery series. This book is a quick read with a lot packed into it. Jess,
a true crime blogger lives in a small town. When Jess witnesses what she thinks
is her neighbor in distress she is the only one who seems to care. When the
police dismiss her as an overzealous crime reporter with an overly active
imagination Jess has no choice but to find the answers herself.
This book is perfect for the holidays. The characters are brilliantly
written with an eclectic cast of supporting characters. I loved the antics Jess
got herself into. Her character reminded me of Stephanie Plum if she were a
blogger and not a bounty hunter.
The descriptions are interesting and had me feeling like I
was walking alongside the characters. Filled with laugh out loud funny moments.
The author does a great job of building tension and suspense while seamlessly weaving
together several subplots. The book wraps up nicely while also leaving room for
the next book. I look forward to reading more from this author and seeing how
the characters grow over time.
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Lori L. Robinet is a paralegal by day, writer by night. She’s the author of several books, including mysteries, thrillers, and contemporary western romance. She also offers online writing courses through WriteScouts (her signature course is Blank to 50K). Lori and her husband of 25+ years live on a hobby farm in central Missouri maintained for the comfort and enjoyment of their Beagle and Snorkie and two rescue calico cats. When not writing (or reading), you can find Lori crafting or indulging in her TV addiction. Her favorite authors are Stephen King, Tierney James, Carolyn Paul Branch, Micki Browning (and soooo many others!).
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
Lori L. Robinett will be awarding $25 Amazon/BN GC
to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.