Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Suspicion of Strawberries by Lynette Sowell

Lynette Sowell’s A Suspicion of Strawberries was my first foray into Barbour’s new line of cozy mysteries. It was a pleasant trip. In a Suspicion of Strawberries, our heroine, Andromeda Clark is the proprietress of a small specialty soap shop in her hometown of Greenburg. Things are looking up for her and her business, when Charla Thacker, one of Greenburg’s leading citizens dies at Andi’s shop of an allergic reaction.

Andi knows full well that the mixture she concocted especially for Charla and her bridesmaids should not have contained any thing harmful. She had worked diligently with the young bride to make sure of that very thing. To save her shop’s reputation she begins nosing around.

To complicate matters, her long-time trucker boyfriend decides it is time to settle down. Andi loves him, but can she live with him? The summer heats up as Andi searches for clues about life, and a death, no one else considers murder.

I enjoyed this book and found it well paced. The highlight is definitely the characterization of the main character. I found her well rounded and very likeable. In particular, I appreciated that Andi’s Christianity was a huge part of her life, it motivated her and made her who she was, rather than being tacked on as an afterthought. In addition I also enjoyed the setting, which was an integral part of the overall story. The plot was a bit predictable and the ending was no surprise, but I would still recommend this story to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. 

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