March 28, 2009

Review: Peppermint Twisted by Sammi Carter

Former corporate lawyer and recent candy shop owner, Abby Shaw, has her hands full when a spiteful cousin orders way too much peppermint that can’t be returned. Figuring out what to do with 100 gallons of peppermint oil becomes the least of her problems when Felicity Asbury is found dead in the parking lot of Divinity.

The much despised Felicity was recently named the new director of the local arts festival and none of the artists were too happy about it but was one of them mad enough to kill over it? When fingers start pointing and tongues begin wagging in Abby’s direction she breaks her promise to the hunky police detective Jawarski and begins her own investigation into the murder that just might be a fatal mistake.

Of course just as with any other cozy the main character solves the murder and narrowly avoids being the next victim but Peppermint Twisted gives this tried and true formula a sweet story to keep you entertained.

My one gripe is that Abby’s investigating didn’t flow with the rest of the series. In Candy Apple Dead and Chocolate Dipped Death it was more just asking questions that led to her revealing the true murderer. Here she was too aggressive even to the point of harassment and that didn’t sit well with my characterization of Abby.

Other than that I recommend this book and series to all cozy fans and look forward to reading the next installments: Goody Goody Gunshots which is out now and Sucker Punch due out in June.


bermudaonion said...

I like a good cozy mystery every once in a while. This series sounds good. Too bad this one didn't live up to the rest, though.

Unknown said...

I honestly haven't read many cozy mysteries. But this one seems quite "yummy".

Ladytink_534 said...

I ILL'd the first one but I haven't heard anything about it yet :( Hope it comes in soon! Have you read JoAnna Carl's series (somewhat similiar)? My library picked up the fourth one for me!