Monday, August 4, 2014

ARC Book Review: Hit & Run

Author: Sandra Balzo
Title: Hit And Run
Publisher: Severn House
Publish Date: Sept 25, 2014
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: 
AnnaLise’s philandering father’s attempt to ‘do right’ by his many heirs goes deadly wrong.

Journalist AnnaLise Griggs' birth father, the legendary womanizer Dickens Hart, claims he wants to ‘do right’ by any other offspring, so throws a Thanksgiving party for his former lovers with potential heirs. But not everyone is in a celebratory mood, and when a body is discovered, AnnaLise is left with the task of identifying the killer.

Review: Hit and Run is the latest installment of Balzo's Main Street Murders series. This is a somewhat different sort of mystery series. It's not quite cozy, but it is.

AnnaLise is working on her newly discovered biological father's memoirs. Dickens Hart, is pretty much a Hugh Hefner type, yet for some reason, he is actually kind of likable, so much so that I was kinda sad when he was the one that ended up dead, in his own house, at a party with several of his exes and their children, that just might be his.

Getting to know all the exes makes for interesting reading. I loved Rose, the hippy first shag, who is now in a wheel chair, his 2nd wife, Joy who is AnnaLise's bff and Sugar, his underage fling that caused the breakup of his marriage to Joy, oh and not forgetting his valet, Boozer Bacchus. Now that's a name!

There's even a little romance going on between, Daisy, AnnaLise's mom, and Boozer. You have to lover her back story with Dickens too.

What really sets this book apart from most cozies, is that Dicken and his relationships really were front and center, even after they were trying to solve his murder. (One that has AnnaLise really looking like the criminal)

Balzo keeps you guessing to the very end. There are so many people that could have whacked Dickens (pun intended) and at times you think you know the answer, only to find out that you were wrong. This is probably the only time I actually felt sympathy for the killer too.

I enjoyed the cast of characters and I look forward to continuing this series.

Rating: 5 flowers


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