Saturday, March 5, 2016

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Plateful Of Murder ( A Terrified Detective Mystery #1) by Carole Fowkes

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Plateful of Murder:
A Terrified Detective Mystery 

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Ink Lion Books (January 8, 2016)
Print Length: 278 pages

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Synopsis: Claire DeNardo is scared of a lot of things. Ordinary objects like roller coasters and men's hairpieces make her knees knock loud enough to be a band's rhythm section. Unfortunately, the only job Claire can find is working for her Uncle Gino in his seedy detective agency. Until now, her cases have all be middle-aged men with trophy wives who needed watching. But when Gino retires and leaves her in charge, Claire gets swept up in a murder case despite her fears. Both the client who hired her and the handsome police detective want her off the case. When the wrong person is charged, it's up to the terrified detective to summon all the courage she can to find the true killer. 

Review: The idea of a terrified detective intrigued me from the beginning, and the author wrote it so much better than I could have imagined. Yes, Claire is practically scared of her own shadow, but she manages to find ways to work through that and do what needs to be done.  She still remains an awkward, anxious nerd throughout, but you have to applaud her efforts to get the job done.

The plot is very well-done. There are plenty of twists and turns, but they are generally realistic ones which the reader can accept easily. And when the truth is revealed, you definitely won't see it coming.  I also loved Claire's Italian family: they are big, loud, protective, nosy, and loving. 

If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is definitely one to add to your list....and then move on to the others in the series as well.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**

Rating: Four Stars

About the author
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Carole Fowkes is the author of the cozy mystery series, “The Terrified Detective.” She has also had stories in a number of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and other similar anthologies. She’s a registered nurse and lives with her husband in Dallas, Texas.
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Anonymous said...

Love your books, they are an awesome read, Thanks for this amazing giveaway. Linda May

Kim Amundsen said...

New author for me exciting to read someone i have not.

Kathleen Costa said...

I have just recently been introduced to Carole's books, and am very, very interested.

Sherry Butcher said...

Sounds great. What's next? Thanks for sharing.