I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Read Herring Hunt by V.M. Burns
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on April 24, 2018
Also by this author: The Plot Is Murder
Mystery bookstore owner Samantha Washington is about to find out it's not so easy to play Monday morning quarterback when it comes to murder. . .
To the town of North Harbor, Michigan, MISU quarterback Dawson Alexander is a local hero. To Samantha Washington, owner of the Market Street Mysteries Bookstore, Dawson is more than a tenant—he’s like an adopted son. But to the police, he is their prime suspect after his ex-girlfriend is found murdered. It’s more than enough real-life drama for Sam to tackle, but her role as a mystery writer also calls. Returning to the English countryside between the wars, she finds Lady Daphne Marsh in quite the quandary. Someone has tried to murder the scandalous American divorcée Wallis Simpson, for whom Edward VIII so recently abdicated his throne. It seems finding a suspect is no small challenge when most of England has a motive . . .
While Sam’s lawyer sister Jenna rushes in to build Dawson's defense, Sam and her lively grandmother, Nana Jo, huddle up to solve the mystery and blow the whistle on the real killer. With the tenacious members of the Sleuthing Senior Book Club eager to come off the sidelines, Sam and her team just might stop a killer from completing another deadly play . . .
It’s that time again! Time for Barb and I to read and review a book. I think we like torturing ourselves by picking a book we both know we are not real sure if it will be enjoyable or not as we both read the first book…lol. 🙂 After checking out what I thought go and see if Barb and I were on the same wavelength!
Here is what I thought
I struggled through the first book and I said I wouldn’t read the second one but then I clicked on it and it seems that so did Barb so here we are again…lol.
I don’t know if it’s the book within a book plot that I don’t like or the book the MC is writing. After reading this one I am leaning towards the fact I just don’t care about the British mystery the MC is writing in the book because once I decided to skip those parts of the book it became a much more enjoyable read.
Samantha (Sam) is the owner of a mystery bookshop (and is an aspiring writer) and in the first book she sort of took in a teenager Dawson. He is a star football player trying to cope with an alcoholic father. Now he is dealing with being accused of murder. He had a girlfriend who was a bit of a floozy if you ask Nana Jo, and they end up finding out she is a honey trap type. Dawson had broken up with her before she could lay the trap but not before she scratched his face which is one of the reasons he is in trouble as his DNA is under her fingernails. That and he was one of the last people to see her alive and since he was the boyfriend it doesn’t look good for him.
Sam knows that Dawson didn’t do it and so does Nana Jo and her group from the retirement home. They have all sort of adopted Dawson. Sam investigates and learns a lot of about the girl and the fact that she had an alias, and was just not a very likable person. There are a few people who could have wanted to killer her so Sam with the help of the older ladies set to trying to solve the murder.
In between all of this when Sam can’t sleep, etc she sets out to writing a second British mystery involving the characters from her first book (that was in book one), the only thing is is that this one felt to much like some kind of war time historical/political intrigue type mystery and was very dull. I felt confused when trying to read it and at about 50% into the book as a whole I started skipping this part.
So I won’t lie I think the only reason I kept reading this book was for Nana Jo and her retirement group of ladies. They crack me up! They each have their own way of getting information and each have a way of making me laugh. Irma is a bit rough around the edges and always wanting to cuss but gets interrupted by the others before she does. I can’t remember all of their names but one is always dating someone she can get info from, others have family members who work in a department that can help. They are very resourceful and a load of fun! The MC Sam is okay but really if it wasn’t for the older gals I don’t think I would keep reading. Oh and I like Dawson he seems like a sweetie and he bakes!
Overall, it was a decent read as long as I skipped the book in a book parts. Skipping that doesn’t take away from the main book parts so I am okay with skipping it and don’t feel bad about doing so. 🙂 I can’t really recommend it but I would say if you are curious about a book in a book storyline give it a try.