We all know what they say about Florida....you either retire there, visit there, move there, or were born there. Right? Although I visited there once for a couple weeks and thoroughly enjoyed the sun and warm rain (I'm from Seattle - our rain is cold.), I am a city girl and will always love my Seattle although I would love to live in New York. Anyway...
This is the first installment in the Big Lake Murder Mysteries, and it is set in Florida. Emily Rhodes, I really liked her. I think she is very relatable to a lot of women - can still be referred to as "hip and young" but is no longer a "spring chicken". I've had moments like that. Sort of like that meme "I still feel like I'm in my twenties until I hang out with twenty year old's and then I'm like nope, I'm 30". She's spunky, full of personality, and cool. And, she is loyal to her friends, very close to them but...don't double cross her or do her wrong because...you don't want to see that side of her. Which is what the detective find out when her friend is accused of murder and she steps in to prove her friends innocence only to put the bulls-eye on her own back in the process.
This is a great start to a fun series and I look forward to reading more from this series/author!
It seems as if Emily is destined to discover dead bodies. This time she finds one of the contestants at the local barbeque cook-off dead and covered in barbeque sauce in a beer cooler. She should be used to stumbling onto corpses by now and the question of who killed the guy should pique her curiosity, but Emily decides to let Detective Lewis handle this one, at least until she figures his theory of who did the deed is wrong, wrong, wrong. Lewis’ denigration of Emily’s speculations is condescending enough to stimulate her dormant snooping skills. As the two of them go on their separate paths to find the killer, Lewis’ old partner, Toby the dirty, tobacco-spitting cop interferes in the investigation leaving Lewis with the wrong man in jail. Killers, bootleggers, barbeque and feral pigs—it’s a lethal game of hide and seek in the Florida swamp
Poor Emily...she keeps getting herself into these situations one way or another. In the second installment of this series, she stumbles across yet another body except this time, it's at a barbecue cook-off in Texas. This was another fun read by this author with humorous elements and twists I did not see coming!