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review 2014-03-28 14:50
Murder on the Rocks by Allyson K. Abbott
Murder on the Rocks - Allyson K. Abbott

I was completely fascinated and hooked by the book bulb when I learned that the MC would have Synesthesia. Synesthesia:the subjective sensation of a sense other than the one being stimulated. For example, a sound may evoke sensations of colour. Having learned about this from medical and even cooking shows, I couldn't help but wonder how it would be portrayed on paper. It was even better and gave an even deeper insight into Synesthesia and someone who has it.

Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton is a Milwaukee bar owner with Synesthesis, it gives her extra senses and her own senses a boost. Mack is going to need this boost when she stumbles upon a dead body of Gina her father old girlfriend, the mast matters even worse and strange, Gina's body was discovered in the same spot her father was killed in months earlier. Or both killing tied together somehow? And what does it have to do with the bar and the old mysteries. Mack must use her senses in order to catch a killer before the last cocktail is poured or she maybe next...

Mack's life hasn't been a bed of roses since the sudden death of her father. So when the police have her as suspect one, Mack puts aside her misgivings in order to help solve the case. Mack was a truly solid character, real with her temper and compassion. Instead of flying off the handle or rushing into danger blind. She works side by side with Detective Duncan at the bar. Duncan sees that Mack's abilities may be able to help with the case, as along as both of them can keep their growing attraction under wraps.

While a tad leery about the bar scene, it just worked with clues coming from much of the staff and bar regulars.Each of the characters were fleshed out nicely and gave tons of room to grow.
The mystery itself had some amazing tie ins from Bootlegging legends of the past and a few surprises in store for the reader. Not to forget some recipes for alcohol and non-alcohol drink mixes in the back!

I completely fell in love with book and looking forward from more from this series and to see what's in store for Mack, Duncan and the rest of the gang at the bar!


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review 2013-08-19 00:00
Murder on the Rocks (Mack's Bar Mysteries)
Murder on the Rocks - Allyson K. Abbott This is definitely a cozy with a "twist"! The main character has synesthesia........you don't run across that in a character every day. I had heard of this condition and read a little about it, but this book really expanded my knowledge on the subject. Great, colorful characters, especially Cora, the "computer geek". Great camaraderie in the group. The story moved along at a great clip and even though I was pretty sure who the bad guy was it didn't detract from things at all. If you're looking for a story that has a little something different, don't hesitate to pick this one up! RECOMMEND!
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review 2013-08-03 00:00
Murder on the Rocks (Mack's Bar Mysteries #1)
Murder on the Rocks - Allyson K. Abbott

Excellent start to a series that could be a lot of fun. That half star? Only because I'm not a huge fan of the bar setting - it brings to mind that nasty, dingy atmosphere that smells like beer, smoke, and the sickly sweet smell of drunks. Blech.


BUT, one can see the potential in such a setting and Ms. Abbott does an excellent job filling her little world-within-the-bar with likeable, engaging characters. And I genuinely love the twist of Mack's neurological condition: synesthesia, the condition where the afflicted's senses are cross-wired so they can taste sounds, or see smells, for instance. It's rare to stumble across a new idea in cozy mysteries, and this is definitely a new idea - I can't wait to see what the author is going to do with this in future books.


The plot combined the un-solved case of her father's murder with the more recent dead body Mack finds behind the bar. I love how it ended and that's all I can say without giving anything away. The tie-in with Capone legends was great fun! I must admit I had it down to two suspects and the one I favoured was the killer at the end, but honestly, guessing right did not diminish this book for me one little bit. I did not want to put this book down until it was done, and then I wanted to read more.


An engaging, fast-paced, well-written book that wasn't ever bogged down by internal dialogue rambles, "let's make a list of the suspects" or any of those other filler-devices so many author's use lately. I found it a genuine joy to read and I'll be eagerly awaiting the second book.

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