Author: Mak K. Han
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: #2 in the Strawberry Shores mystery series
Source: Directly from author??
Publisher: Self Published
First Published: February 5, 2016
First Line: "1975 - "Hello? Is anyone in here?"
Book Description from GoodReads: Laura is a librarian living in Strawberry Shores. There has been a murder before, but surely there wouldn’t be another one so soon, would there?
Laura is back as the sleuth working on her second murder case. With a list of all new suspects, she enlists the help of her trusty sidekicks, Emily and Alex to help solve the crime to leave Strawberry Shores safe for tomorrow!
My Review: This was probably the shortest mystery I've ever read at only 79 pages. Yup, it's an itty-bitty cozy mystery that has a cute setting and is packed full of characters. Unfortunately a book this short doesn't have the time to give readers a chance to get to know the characters let alone multiple twists or even a healthy dose of suspense. The limitations of this book's size made this cozy mystery lackluster for me.
The characters were okay but underdeveloped. I liked that Laura was a librarian but the attitudes and behaviours of her friends (who initially I thought to be her tween/teenage daughters) came off as overly juvenile for characters who were actually grown adults.
Unfortunately this book had potential but missed the mark for me. I would have given it a higher rating if it had more suspense, a stronger murder plot as well as a better explanation and use of Laura's paranormal powers (which I felt were underutilized).
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to author Mak K Han for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.