Friday, March 1, 2013
Tangled to Death
Danger lurks at every turn for Katie Greer.
Having escaped death in the past, Katie Greer has taken residence in a New Hampshire town where life appears idyllic, but is far from it. Teaching tangled doodling classes in her art studio allows Katie to reach out to people who require a semblance of peace and tranquility in their lives. If only she could maintain those two things for herself, Katie would be completely happy.
After finding the dead body of the town’s infamous, and most mean spirited, gossip frozen on the bench outside her Tangled Wings Studio, Katie realizes her efforts to hide her true identity and live a normal life are for naught. As the prime suspect of ruggedly handsome Detective Jonah Kilbride, Katie searches for the killer in order to prove her own innocence. Much to her dismay, Katie’s attraction for the relentless detective steadily grows, despite their continuous battles.
Past events threaten Katie at every turn, catching her unaware, and creating havoc in a life she’s desperately tried to establish in the town where she’d briefly found happiness. Can she survive or will she become the next victim on the killer’s list before she can reveal their identity?
J.M. Griffin's novel, Tangled to Death, is a fun mystery full of quirky characters and one very unsympathetic murder victim.
This book is not perfect. There are a lot of characters, which is great, particularly in a story set in a small town. But it was sometimes difficult to remember who was who because there just isn't enough development of some of the townsfolk. They all sort of blend together and are sometimes indistinguishable from one another.
I also felt that parts of the story were far too rushed. At under 200 pages, the opening chapter describes Katie finding a dead body in front of her house, calling the police, and becoming a prime murder suspect all within the space of what feels like 10 minutes. The pacing is a little off.
Despite its flaws, though, this story is a fun read. And a quick one. Even when I was frustrated by clumsy dialog or repetitive phrases, I had to keep going to find out what was going to happen next. Would Katie's sad past come back to haunt her? Would Detective Kilbride turn out to be a really nice guy after all? And who did kill Flora Middly, anyway?
I'm giving this one a 3 out of 5 for fun, though unsteady, storytelling.
I'm participating in IO Book Tours this month and received a copy of Tangled to Death in exchange for an honest review.
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