I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Prawn of the Dead by Dakota Cassidy
Length: 5 hours and 33 minutes
Published by Book Boutiques Pages: 208
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
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Also by this author: Talk Dirty To Me, Witch Slapped, Quit Your Witchin' (Witchless In Seattle Mysteries #2), Dewitched (Witchless In Seattle #3), The Old Witcheroo, Play That Funky Music White Koi, How the Witch Stole Christmas
My name is Lemon Layne, and if asked to describe myself, like maybe on a dating site (which is never gonna happen), I'd have to go with best convenience store/barbecue joint owner in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the tiny tourist town of Fig Harbor, Washington with my adorably neurotic best friend, Coco Bellinski, my a-little-left- of-center (read totally out there) mom, May, and my troublemaking pet monkey, Jessica Fletcher.
Oh, and last but certainly not least, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool amateur sleuth. Yep. I'm literally incapable of resisting a good mystery. No matter how great or small, I love to stick my nose into...er, help solve a crime. From the mysterious disappearance of Ho Hos in my store, to a lost piece of jewelry, I'm always ready to put on my Sherlock Holmes cap (I really do have one. Got it when I was eight).
When I find my mother's ex-boyfriend murdered in our convenience store bathroom with a piece of his skull missing, and my mom's a suspect in a murder investigation, my mystery solving goes from zero to a hundred. To really make matters worse, the town's local conspiracy theorist and official doomsday prepper, Cappie somehow finds out the victim isn't just missing a piece of his skull--he's missing a piece of his brain!
And that's when off the wall Cappie starts spreading word the zombie apocalypse has officially arrived in our tiny burg. Total chaos ensues and I have to pick my way through everything from weekend warrior zombie hunters to medical mysteries in order to catch a killer!"
This contemporary cozy mystery has it all, from the local doomsday prepper to an out of control pet monkey, a mother who would drive a saint to drink, and of course a dead body in the bathroom. Prawn of the Dead is a laugh-out-loud thrill ride that will keep you guessing from start to finish.
Here is what I thought
I must give Dakota Cassidy credit for coming up with some of the zaniest characters and laugh out loud moments. 🙂 She is one of my favorite authors and this one was just a lot of fun.
Lemon Layne is a convenience/barbecue store owner who really fancies herself as a amateur sleuth. So when she goes to open her store and finds a dead body she is very keen to investigate. Her friend and cop Justice tells her to stay out of things and so does her best friend Coco, but does she listen, no.
The victim was based in the head and a chunk of his brain was missing so this brings in the conspiracy guy Cabbie who thinks it’s the zombie apocalypse and before you know there are a lot of other nut jobs in the little tourist town.
This was just such a fun book, I mean with a monkey named Jessica Fletcher and a bunch of zombie apocalypse crazies running around it had to be a hoot. It also has a really good mystery as I didn’t guess who it was, though I did figure out the reason it happened. Lemon is a fun character but it’s the whole cast of characters that makes this a fun read.
Recommend if you like
Hollie Jackson does a good job with this one though it was hard to not think of her doing voices for the Witchless in Seattle series because it sounded so much alike. Some times it’s hard for me to transfer from one series to another with a narrator. I still enjoyed this very much.
Audio rating: 4