I have to say up front that the main reason I liked this book is because I live right where it takes place. The author put her action squarely in the 'real world' - with names of buildings, restaurants, streets, etc. that I'm familiar with. I even knew the intersection that she referenced in the 'no turn on red' incident in the book. I live in an area that is not exactly popular with authors looking to set their books there, so that made this book particularly fun for me.
However, as far as the story itself goes, it was only mediocre. The characters were likeable enough, but without a great deal of depth. The story was predictible, and ended with a deus ex machina scene, as well as leaving a few unanswered questions. The plot suffered from my pet peeve as far as cozies go - that the police ask the amateur detective for help when they don't know him/her, have just met him/her 10 minutes ago, and oftentimes suspect him/her of the murder... in other words, the amateur detective has no business in the investigation, and the reasons given run the gamut from unlikely to totally implausible. This one rated about an 8 or 9 on the implausibility scale.
This is the first of 4 books. I'll probably continue to read the series because I already own 3 of the 4, and I enjoy the place setting, but not for any virtue of the books in terms of writing or plot.
Note on Kindle formatting: The formatting (simply as how the words appeared on the Kindle) was fine, but there were quite a few editing/proofing errors. Most of the ones I noticed appeared to be autocorrect errors - the word itself was correct & spelled right, but it was the wrong word for that sentence. For example: one character was said to be 'flapping the men of her dress" to get some air to cool her legs. It's obvious that the intended word is 'hem'. I saw about half-dozen instances of this throughout the book. While in all instances it was obvious what was meant, they also showcased the fact that the book could have been proofed much more carefully (and by a human being) before being published.