Review: Secrets, Lies and Crawfish Pies
Title: Secrets, Lies and Crawfish Pies
Series: A Romaine Wilder Myster #1
Author: Abby L. Vandiver
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: Romaine Wilder, big-city medical examiner with a small-town past, has been downsized and evicted. With few other options, she’s forced to return to her hometown of Robel in East Texas, leaving behind the man she’s dating and the life she’s worked hard to build. Suzanne Babet Derbinay, Romaine’s Auntie Zanne and proprietor of the Ball Funeral Home, has long since traded her French Creole upbringing for Big Texas attitude. She’s a member in a number of ladies’ auxiliaries and clubs, including being in charge of the Tri-County Annual Crawfish Boil and Music Festival. Hanging on to the magic of her Louisiana roots, she’s cooked up a love potion or two—if she could only get Romaine to drink it. But her plans are derailed when the Ball Funeral Home, bursting at the seams with dead bodies, has a squatter stiff. Dead Guy is a problem. Auntie Zanne can’t abide by a murderer using her funeral home as the dumping grounds for their crimes, and Romaine doesn’t want her newly elected cousin, Sheriff Pogue Folsom, to fail on his first murder case. Together, Romaine and Auntie Zanne set off to solve it. With a dash of humor, a dollop of Southern charm, and a peek at current social issues in the mix, it’s a fun romp around East Texas to solve a murder mystery of the cozy kind.
My Review: This was a perfectly fine cozy mystery. It had all the elements that I usually look for in a cozy but it just didn’t really click for me. I found most of the characters to be a little annoying and although Auntie Zanne should have been funny, most of the time she just seemed ridiculous. I liked Romaine and her storyline of why she had returned to her home town was a good one. The writing was good, the plot moved along well and although the murderer seemed a little odd to me it was a pretty good mystery. It was just missing that spark that makes me love the characters. I will probably give book two a chance and see if that changes my mind though. Overall I gave the book 3 stars.
*I received this book from Henery Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*