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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: Death of a Cantankerous Old Coot

Today it is my pleasure to welcome Jenna Scribbles to my blog. Jenna and I have decided to swap book reviews for the day. I will turn it over to her now.

Thank you, Eva, for having my on your blog today. I’m so happy to be here.
Today I am reviewing - Death of a Cantankerous Old Coot.

Death of A Cantankerous Old Coot
Teresa Watson
Kindle Edition

   What a fun little book. I am a lover of cozy mysteries that have an interesting premise or female lead. Joanne Fluke and Cleo Coyle rank among my top picks. Of course I’ve also read most of Sue Grafton’s novels – although those are a touch above a cozy.

   For anyone looking for a cute quick read with a splash of color and mystery, I suggest you pick up Death of a Cantankerous Old Coot.

   Here is the description from Goodreads – Amos Gardner, one of Brookdale's leading citizens, has been found dead in the town park. The sheriff wants to know if his murder has anything to do with the lawsuit he filed against his granddaughter, Lizzie Crenshaw. When someone tries to kill Amos' wife, she points the finger at Lizzie. Teaming up with a gorgeous new deputy, Lizzie must figure out who is behind it all...before she becomes the next victim.

   I'm giving this ebook a 3.5 but rounding up to 4 for rating purposes. I found the author's writing style to be fun - I laughed out loud in a few places. The situations and setting were quite unique. The townsfolk are interesting, the storyline was entertaining, and we are also offered a touch of romance.

   It was almost great… Unfortunately, I found the information and build up on the characters and small town a bit lacking. I wanted more. I read a lot of novellas, so that’s not the problem. It's hard to care about the situation when you don't know much about the people first. It seemed we were given an event, then introduced to the people. Hmmm... a bit backwards in my mind.

   I know I would have loved it had there been more introduction to each person and the town in the opening chapters. Let the reader get to know everyone then hit us with events. So close to being a five star read.

   Don’t let my views taint your opinion. I did like this ebook. It’s going to be a series and I'm very glad for that. I will be buying the next title. 

I give this book 4 stars

    Thanks again for having me as a guest reviewer on your blog, Eva. I hope we can do it again sometime. 


Everyone make sure you swing by my blog today. Eva is my guest and is reviewing Backstage Pass Sinners on Tour by Olivia Cunning


  1. This was fun Jenna. I hope we can do this again one day.

    1. Thanks for having me, Eva. You have such a lovely blog. Yes - we'll do it again soon.

      ~ Jenna

  2. I love the title! I know a few cantankerous old coots, and that expression creates such a vivid image in my head. I might pick this up for my beach trip -- it sounds like the right type of book to lounge around with!

    I'm a new follower -- I found your blog via bookblogs. Mine is nickieanderson.blogspot.com