REVIEW: A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Marlene Bateman

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

MARLENE BATEMAN

 www.marlenebateman.infoA Cover for A Death in the Family

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: An Erica Coleman Mystery #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc. (February 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621085732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621085737

 

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In her debut mystery, Motive for Murder, gutsy private investigator Erica Coleman proved that when it comes to sleuthing, she takes the cake. Now, the fast-talking, food-loving heroine is back, and she s sure her next assignment will be as easy as pie. . . .Erica and her family happily anticipate Grandma Blanche’s eighty-first birthday celebration in the picturesque town of Florence, Oregon. But when the feisty matriarch, a savvy businesswoman, enlists Erica’s help in an investigation of her company, things quickly get sticky. Before the investigation can begin, Blanche’s unexpected death leaves Erica with more questions than answers and it soon becomes clear that Grandma’s passing was anything but natural: she was murdered. When Aunt Martha, Blanche s reclusive sister, becomes the next victim of someone with a taste for homicide, Erica uses her flair for cooking to butter up local law enforcement and gather clues. As she narrowly escapes becoming the third victim, Erica is more determined than ever to solve the case before she bites off more than she can chew.

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MY THOUGHTS:

A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by Marlene Bateman is an intriguing Cozy Mystery. An Erica Coleman Mystery #2, featuring heroine, gutsy, Erica Coleman, but can be read as a stand alone. Although, I would recommend reading #1 in this fast paced, thrill ride of a tale, “Motive for Murder“.

Erica is at it again, in “A Death in the Family”, this time she is out to help Grandma Blanche, matriarch of the family, who is found dead the morning after her eighty-first birthday. She had enlisted Erica in finding out the problems in the family business. Erica soon learns that the list of suspects is long and family related.

While, this story starts out a bit slow to me, it picks up nicely. But, pay close attention to the complex relationships, because, if not, you might just miss a clue or two along the way. A very complex, but intriguing tale of faith, mystery, suspense, and a heroine who has a COD issue.

The characters are enduring, charming with a bit of wit,lots of savvy, and friendship. Ms. Bateman has a great act of storytelling and in A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, she pulls out all the charm and mystery of a Cozy Mystery. Well done! I look forward to the next in this intriguing tale. I would invite you to pick up A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, you will not regret your choice. Received for an honest review from the author.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR,  courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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