Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review:Dial P for Poison by Zara Keane

A Brand New Cozy Mystery Series!

You can take the girl out of the force, but you can’t keep her away from the action…

Maggie Doyle moves to Ireland to escape her cheating ex and crumbling career in the San Francisco PD. When the most hated woman on Whisper Island is poisoned at her aunt’s Movie Theater Café, Maggie and her rock-hard muffins are hurled into the murder investigation. With the help of her UFO-enthusiast friend, a nun, and a feral puppy, Maggie is determined to clear her aunt’s name. Can she catch the murderer before they strike again? Or will her terrible baking skills burn down the café first?

Cozy, quirky, and fun, this tongue-in-cheek mystery is a delicious introduction to the Movie Club Mysteries Series. Grab a cocktail and join Maggie as she takes her detective skills across the pond in Dial P For Poison

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What I thought about Dial P for Poison

In this new release from Zara Keane, she crafts a delicious little mystery around what she does best -- small town life.  Maggie Doyle runs back to Ireland after a rather nasty divorce, hoping to get her life back together, and help her aunt while she's taking care of some minor medical issues.  It's all very calm, that is until someone is murdered in the Movie Theater Cafe.

Maggie can't stay out of it as a former police officer.  When the local garda doesn't really want to investigate, Maggie decides she needs to take the situation in hand and investigate herself, which ruffles quite a few feathers.

I thought this was a great start to this series.  The characters were quirky and fun (including Maggie) and the mystery was well crafted.  I thought I knew who had done the crime, but there are enough twists that I was surprised by the end result.  I like that in a mystery.

There are also some hints to a potential romantic entanglement for Maggie, which is awesome and I can't wait to see how that all works out for her too after the final scenes in Dial P for Poison.  I wish there had been more of the romantic tension earlier in the book, and that's really the only critical thing I can say about this book.  Zara Keane writes about small town life in a way that makes you want to be there with the characters and I love that. 

I'm ready for the next book in this series, like now!

ARC provided for review. 

About the Author

Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictional Ballybeg.

She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.


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