We're drowning in minutiae here.
And the solving of the mystery is not particularly exciting.
The couple parts that could have thrown a nice twist into the works were glossed over, on seemed to be added just because.
Maybe because she's an accountant, even though she works for a PI, and they're supposed highly detail oriented, right?
Geez, 2 cliches in a row.
Because they were mean?
I managed to get through it, but I'm reminded of one of the reasons I don't read a lot of mysteries.
Mimi Rousseau was lucky to have a man who believed in her abilities and became her benefactor and helped her launch her bistro and a inn that went with it. She really thinks of him as sort of a father figure and cares about him a lot.
The bistro is hosting its biggest affair as a TV personality and her husband is going to get married there and her guest are staying there as well. They were having an out-of-towner dinner for a few of Angelica’s and Lyle’s guest and Mimi wants it to all go well because Angelica is Bryan’s niece.
Things were going pretty good and then Angelica’s father shows up and causes a scene and then Mimi witnesses some interesting conversations between Bryan and some of the guest and by early morning Bryan is found dead. Mimi looks to be the most likely suspect because they find her phone summoning him though she swears she didn’t do it and often left her phone in the kitchen. It also doesn’t help that he left papers that in the event of his death Mimi’s debt was forgiven so she will not owe anything on the bistro.
The detective that is in charge went to school with Mimi and her friend Jo and doesn’t really think she did it but he can’t just dismiss things. Mimi must try and figure out what happened and since those with motives are still around and can’t go home she does a bit of snooping.
This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it. I liked Mimi and thought she was really good at getting people to talk. I loved her friend Jo, especially when it came to how she handled Tyson. The poor guy has such a crush on her but she doesn’t seem to notice so when she jumps on him about proving her friend didn’t kill Bryan he always gets all flustered.
Since I knew who was getting killed from the blurb I went into this gathering up my suspects and by the end had it narrowed to two and one of them was the culprit. I just wasn’t sure which one until the reveal so I thought it was a good mystery.
If you are a fan of cozies then I think you will enjoy this one and it has a lot of yummy looking recipes in the back! Great for all who love foodie themes!
I love the Mac McClellan Mystery Series by E Michael Helms.
Mac McClellan makes me think of Magnum PI and Rockford Files.
Sooo, come on in for some chuckles along with the mystery.
Cover: Grace M Conti-Zilsberger
Deadly Ruse is Book II of the Mac McClellan Mystery series. These novels will stand alone.
What do a blown up boat, a crashed airplane, sparkling “ice” and drugs have in common…Mac McClellan.
Mac is a former Marine and after helping to solve a crime in Deadly Catch, Book I, he has decided to become a Private Investigator.
Kate is his girlfriend. On a date with Mac, a ghost enters her life. She is sure her ex boyfriend has risen from the dead. She doesn’t realize how lucky she was to have escaped when she did.
The case of Dead Man Walking will be Mac’s introduction to becoming a private investigator. It is not a dream, but more like a nightmare come back to haunt Kate and it could have deadly consequences.
Mac lives in a camper in the Florida Panhandle. Shades of Rockford Files come to mind and I am very familiar with the territory. I love when the characters cross the same bridges and drive the same streets I have traveled.
Mac plows through interviews, quickly getting the hang of it, learning a little finesse one interview at a time.
Deadly Ruse is a twisted web of lies and deceit. We have a lot of suspects and intrigue.
E Micheal Helms keeps the mystery and suspense building as we travel the Gulf Coast looking for answers. The mystery stretches from Georgia, through Florida and into South America. Who is alive? Who is dead? And why? I did need a flow chart to help me separate the good from the bad, but it all comes together in the end.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Deadly Ruse by E Michael Helms.
Feeling really meh about this paranormal cozy. I figured out the killer early in the story, and wasn't all that interested in the dynamics of the relationships between the different characters. I felt that the ending didn't resolve the murder mystery and left too many loose ends. Not going to read anymore in the series.