It’s been almost six months since newspaper editor Molly Owns moved to Britton Bay, Oregon. She’s loving her new life – with a new pet and a beau, she’s happy. Classic Car Crawl’s come to Britton Bay and Molly’s in charge of reporting. One of the co-founders of the car exhibit is found dead in his car and Molly’s investigative instincts kick in.
As the year comes to an end, it is time to wrap up a few things. Deadly Ride is my last cozy mystery read of the year. This book was in my NetGalley list for a long time so I thought of reading it right away.
Coming back to the story, as my last cozy read of the year, I cannot say I enjoyed this book. The story was all right. The characters, not so much. Deadly Ride is the third book in Britton Bay series and can be read as a standalone – although, there are references to Molly’s previous adventures.
The romance between Sam and Molly is very cheesy. It made me go Ugh! a couple of times. Sam’s so touchy – always holding Molly’s hands or playing with her hair or kissing her or… well, you get it! I do not like mysteries which are inclined more towards romance and less towards sleuthing. Sam! boundaries!
Molly is pretty good at investigating stuff. The ending was really good. The identity of the perp was totally unexpected. The red herrings did their job of directing the reader (me, in this case) in the wrong direction. The storytelling was so-so/okayish/not-bad.
The mystery was good and I was curious to know who killed the man. After all, he was a creep. He made women around him uncomfortable. So, the chances are, the killer was someone who wanted to take revenge. Ex-wife perhaps? Or, the current wife?
Somehow, the story wasn’t that impressive – and the cheesy part has a bigger role to play in this. If you like cozy mysteries with cheesy romance, you might want to give this series a try.
Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC.