Death of a Lobster Lover Book Review

Death of a Lobster Lover Book Review

Title: Death of a Lobster Lover
Author: Lee Hollis
Published: June 27, 2017, Kensington
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $5.99 Kindle, $7.17 Paperback

Death of a Lobster Lover is the ninth installment in the Hayley Powell Food & Cocktails Mystery series written by a brother and sister team who use the pen name Lee Hollis. Just like the other books in the series, this one is comical, farcical, and fun. The main characters, Hayley, Mona, and Liddy, fit the stereotype of Eastern United States rudeness. While Hayley serves as the unofficial peacemaker, Mona and Liddy are constantly bickering and blaming each other for whatever happens to go wrong. Mona suggests that the girls vacation in a spot where she vacationed as a child, Salmon Cove, and upon arrival, the girls find the accommodation absolutely terrible. However, they try to make the best of a bad situation, and while doing so, Liddy, who is just out of a relationship, meets an attractive, but suspicious stranger. Before the romance can develop, however, he is found murdered on the beach. Of course, the girls stick their noses in the case, and are punished by a local policewoman who wants them to leave the town.

This fun novel is well-written, and the characters are well-developed. For those who have read the previous books in the series, the conflict between the girls will be expected. It’s all in fun, however, and the scenarios make the book interesting as well as suspenseful. The girls get themselves in all kinds of danger, and readers will worry when Liddy disappears. Even though Mona is married, an old boyfriend still lives in Salmon Cove, and is a great help, albeit a bit pushy for Mona to become romantically involved with him.

All told, this amusing cozy is a great book for readers who like fast-moving books that aren’t serious and don’t contain graphic violence, sex, or language. The story is witty, and while the girls’ sleuthing is a bit amateurish (by design) and gets them into plenty of trouble, the story brings out surprises in the end. The bonus in this series is that there are a few recipes; this one has some mouthwatering lobster recipes that actually turn out well and are delicious.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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