Borrowing Death (Charlotte Brody Mystery) (A Charlotte Brody Mystery) (Charlotte Brody Mysteries) Paperback – 28 Jun 2016
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About the Author
Cathy Pegau is the author of Murder on the Last Frontier, the debut novel in the Charlotte Brody mysteries. She currently resides in Alaska with her husband and children and the occasional bear that wanders into her backyard. Read more at www.cathypegau.com.
Top customer reviews
After three months in Cordova, Charlotte is getting accustomed to frontier life. She is filing articles for the local paper--including a provocative editorial against Prohibition--and enjoying a reunion with her brother Michael, the town doctor and coroner. Michael's services are soon called upon when a fire claims the life of hardware store owner Lyle Fiske. A frontier firebug is suspected of arson, but when Michael determines Fiske was stabbed before his store was set ablaze, the town of Cordova has another murder to solve.
Charlotte is also falling for James the Deputy, but as Charlotte journalistic instincts kick in Charlotte seems to run gun hoe into the investigation which can upset and also hamper the investigation being done by James.
There are some great characters in this story, but the story does seem to stumble along, I wonder if the characters had had a more complex story it might have made it more interesting, but part way through this book and I felt bored, the story just doesn't seem to flow very well.
Murder mystery story that seems to not really grab my attention.
Due to some of the content I recommend the book for mature teens and adults.
I was sent an ARC and this is an unbiased review.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
Again, I'm on the fence about this series. I like having a determined suffragette in a post-World War I Alaska, and I enjoy certain relationships, especially the one between Charlotte and Brigit, the madam of the local brothel. I like the growing romantic relationship between Charlotte and deputy James, but I felt the romance started too early as much as I like the fact that it's not adversarial as is so cliché. But, damn, she has no finesse; she's a terrible interviewer and asks too many blunt questions. How the heck did she ever manage in New York? Not to mention she thinks it's okay to break into someone's home in pursuit of a story! And the modernisms that burst into the text are maddening. Someone said "It's not my thing" and I flinched.
The worst parts of these books are when Charlotte preaches. Yes, we know she's for votes for women, birth control, girls continuing her education, and women having careers, and doesn't believe in Prohibition, but she seems to make speeches (or think thoughts) about them ad infinitum. Sometimes it's like one big lecture. Show, don't preach. The mystery is middling, and I thought the perpetrator perpetuated a stereotype.
Great Read! Thank you for the trip to Alaska. I look forward to the rest of this series.
I like this series. Charlotte Brody is a smart, strong character.and follows her own path. Though I find that I am more like the Chrurch ladies than her on issues.
Charlotte has come to Cordova in Alaska Territory to get away from home and visit her brother. She writes for local newspaper and articles she sends back to the States. She is fighting for ending prohibition, right to abortion and women right to vote.
She likes the deputy but has only flirted with him and shared some kisses. Charlotte wants to figure out who killed a local businessman. Along the way she gets into some trouble.
This is set in Territory of Alaska.
It is a good cozy mystery. Lots of interesting facts about life during that time. Interesting ending and want to see how that will work out in the future..
I look forward to reading more from Cathy Pegau in the future.
I was given this ARC to read for free from NetGalley and Kensington Books. I agreed to give a honest review of Borrowing Death.
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