Monday, December 3, 2018

Book Blast & Review: Tandem Demise


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Tandem Demise: A Cycle Path Mystery by Duffy Brown

About the Book

Tandem Demise: A Cycle Path Mystery  
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Independently Published (October 28, 2018)  
Paperback: 298 pages  
ISBN-10: 1729374786
ISBN-13: 978-1729374788  
Kindle ASIN: B07JRB373X

Publisher's Blurb:
Smugglers on the hunt, a police chief on the run, lost loot and a dead wedding planner have the Mackinac Island regulars riding in circles.

After solving two murders, bike shop owner Evie Bloomfield thought life on Mackinac Island would settle into boredom until she finds out Nate Sutter, island police chief and once-upon-a-time under cover cop is on the run. Some badass guys from Nate’s Detroit days think he stole money from them in a champagne smuggling operation and now they’re headed to the island to get their loot. Evie is determined to help Nate because he’s a good cop, Nate is determined to keep interfering Evie and island locals out of harms way, and the crooks are determined to get their money. To add to the island’s problems there’s a dead guy on the dock and the new wedding planner is more interested in playing bedroom bingo than ordering bridal bouquets.

With the help of Fiona, Evie’s BFF and local newspaper editor, Evie is determined to prove Nate innocent, figure out how champagne smuggling, bodies on the dock and a bad wedding planner are tied together and not wind up taking a long walk off a short pier herself.

My Review:
I only signed up for a spotlight, but since I finished the book, I'll throw in my review as a bonus.

This was a really fast and fun read! I loved the special island setting, and Evie's struggles with her inability to ride a bike on an island with no cars kept me smiling (even though really, how hard can it be? asks the woman who rides Centuries). The love interest was at a nice level for a cozy--definitely central, but not dominating and with no graphic sex. Subordinate characters were well developed, and Bridezilla was worth the price of admission all on her own.

The mystery itself is good. I was sure I had it all figured out at least twice, and only once had the slightest moment of suspicion about the actual culprit, though I did have a little trouble following the big reveal (maybe because I didn't sleep well and was reading it in a somewhat dim state). Honestly, the only issue I had with the book was that it needed more careful proof-reading. This is something that unquestionably bugs me more than about 99% of other people out there, but there were enough issues to make me a bit annoyed, so draw your own conclusions.

My Recommendation:
"Rollicking" is the word that keeps coming to mind for me, and that's exactly the sort of story you get. If you like a fun, fast-paced but not at all dark story, this is a good choice. I will take a look at the others in the series, but I didn't feel that I was missing out by not having read the--the book stands alone very well.

About the Author

Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She is a National Bestselling author and now conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own. She has two series the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah along with rescue pup Bruce Willis and the Cycle Path Mysteries set on Mackinac Island with judgmental cats Cleveland and Bambino.

Author Links:  
Website - http://www.duffybrown.com  
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com  
Purchase Link - Amazon

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    1. You think the tribe of grammar nerds is bigger than I claim? Ah, but I think it has to be grammar nerds who are a bit OCD to really care! :D

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