Ambrose's "Peril In Paradise" was a great find! I had often wondered what I would do if Grafton did not continue the Kinsey Milhone series after the letter "Z". No longer is this a concern. Ambrose's Mallie Monroe is every bit as entertaining and I have to admit the main character is funnier. The special brand of humor in the novel makes it a joy to read.
It is a "cozy" mystery that takes place in a small town. The place is alive with characters that hold the reader's interest because of the unique nature of each one.
The main character is colorful and interesting but not without weaknesses. How often do you hear a newspaper reporter say in front of a group "I'm just trying to learn how to write better news stories." The reader can look forward to Mallie thinking and saying nuggets like (speaking/thinking about a particular series of meetings) " I wouldn't call them boring. I'd call them-drop-dead dull."
Mallie's boss Anita has qualities that make you want to dislike her but then other qualities that tend to generate respect for her. My jury is still out about her. I love to be in a situation like this with a character.
Sandy, the advertising manager/secretary is so interesting because... Well I won't spoil it for you, I'll let you see when you read the book.
Ambrose ties the progression of characters to the events of the story well. It is a good mix. The reader will enjoy trying to unravel the mystery as you also read to see how the characters will interact and how relationships will unfold (Keep you eyes on Detective Billie).
If you enjoy a well written mystery with a setting in a small town and a host of colorful characters tied together by a skillful writer you will have a great time with this book. Likely you will decide, as I have, to read each book in the series as it comes out.