Importance of Being Urnest Book Review

Importance of Being Urnest Book Review

Title: Importance of Being Urnest
Author: Sandra Balzo
Published: December 1, 2017, Severn House
No. of Pages: 192
Cover Price: $27.73 Hardcover, $15.33 Kindle

Importance of Being Urnest is the 10th installment in the Maggy Thorson Mystery series. In the beginning there is a shootout where Maggy’s boyfriend, Jake Pavlik is shot as well as another officer. Jake has proposed to Maggy, but she’s not sure if she is comfortable getting married. Maggy is the co-owner of Uncommon Grounds, a popular coffee house in a small Wisconsin town, along with Sarah her partner. Sarah seems to have no filters and “says it like it is,” which keeps Maggy on edge much of the time. Maggy is however, quite likeable, but Sarah, not so much – she’s a bit too snarky for my taste.

Although this novel is well-written, the characters don’t seem as well-developed as expected. Because of that point, it would be a good idea to start at the beginning of the series and read them in order. I’ve already ordered the first few to get more acquainted with the characters. Even though this is fairly entertaining as a stand-alone novel, some things aren’t as clear as they should be, and because this series is based on a cute premise, it will be worth reading from the start.

One of the good things about this novel is that the author weaves wit and humor throughout the plot, which also has its share of suspense. Even though this is a cozy mystery, there are some ups and downs and dangerous moments for the characters. It is a fast read, and will keep most readers smiling throughout.

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

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