3.5 out of 5 stars
Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for decades and hopes to make up for his absence in Darla’s life. But some of the ladies of the book club find their Southern hospitality strained as they question the motives behind this sudden reunion.
After a dead man is found in Molly Mathews’s backyard, their concerns grow more serious. Lizzie Turner saw Darla arguing with the stranger the day before, but when the police question her, Darla proves to be an unreliable narrator. It’s up to the book club to uncover the real story . . . before another victim is written into the plot. (Source: Goodreads)
Law and Author by Erika Chase is the fifth book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mystery series. I have to wonder if part of the reason I didn’t particularly like this one is because I haven’t read the others in the series. I may at some point try one of the earlier books in the series to see if I like it more.
I found the characters in this book to be rather flat and one-dimensional. Maybe all of their back stories are in other books in the series, I don’t know. I simply feel like we learn very little about the characters in this book and they don’t seem that well-rounded.
The plot line was decent. I felt like the author provided enough of a mystery to keep you interested without being overly complicated. Similarly, there were enough twists in the plot that I didn’t know “who done it” until the very end.
I definitely enjoyed the last half of the book more than the first half. It was really hard to get into at first. Until I was about 1/2 to 2/3 through, I honestly was afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to finish the book because I found it a bit boring and slow. But it did get better and I didn’t totally hate the book. If you’ve ready others in the series, you may very well enjoy this installment. If you haven’t, I suggest you try one of the earlier books in the series first.
(I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review. My review was not influenced by this. All conclusions and opinions are my own.)