BOOK LOG 50: TWO LEFT FEET
by Lori Lyn
First of all, the details: I received this book free, and since I was between previously scheduled books for reading, the timing was perfect for me to dive in. I’ve also known the author for a number of years through my RWA chapter, so there was that factor.
What did I expect when I started to flip the pages? Honestly, my mind was blank (as it so often is when I begin something); I hadn’t checked to see if the book was a mystery or a historical romance or contemporary sweet, or something else. So when the first chapter was almost pitch-perfect satire stemming from a certain tween phenomenon, I was immediately confused and had to read further. Was this parody, humor, satire? Turned out (immediately), it was not. I had to keep reading to find out what.
It turned out to be a mystery, and here’s the thing. Two Left Feet is parts graphic mystery and cozy mystery, sweet and not, and overall so very readable. The style seemed to indicate cozy (think Agatha Christie), but then when the story revealed a serial killer working quickly and efficiently (so very efficiently!), I kept getting flashbacks to Cabot Cove. Really, as the situation escalated, I kept thinking of how Jessica Fletcher, the lady detective of the TV show Murder, She Wrote, secretly had to be a serial killer, considering how many mysterious deaths kept cropping up in her little town. Same here. But it’s not our lady detective in this case, Abbey Rhoads (and me a lover of puns, her name tickled my fancy too). Who is it? The ex-FBI agent has to find out fast, because it’s not a very big town and corpses are being found every day!
Truthfully, I don’t read many mysteries any more -- too easy to figure whodunnit, although I’m told that’s part of the joy of ‘em -- but this one kept me turning the pages to find out what happens next, and that’s what you want them to do. Kudos to Lori Lyn. And hope that the small town has transplants for the next book, because it sure needs it!
COMING UP: I have a few candidates. What will it be?