Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Review & Giveaway: Wall to Wall Dead by Jennie Bentley
But they didn't expect to have their every move watched by the resident busybody in the condo: Hilda Shaw, who loves snooping on everyone's comings and goings. When the busybody becomes a dead body, Avery suspects foul play. Soon she's doing some snooping of her own, and it seems everyone in the complex has a secret. Could one of them be worth killing for? Avery needs to work fast, before someone decides to fix her - for good.
My thoughts: Lots of good things going on in this one; plenty of suspects with viable motives (a must have in a cozy as far as I'm concerned), good pacing, mostly realistic dialogue, great setting and a satisfying ending. The relationships between the characters felt real to me. My only quibble is at times Avery did some "stupid" things like chasing a suspect (more than once!) in her very recognizable beetle. How dumb is that? Otherwise, this was a fun read.
I forgot this was book #6 in the series and it didn't matter at all because it is truly a stand-alone mystery. There were references to other incidents in Avery and Derek's life but it didn't feel repetitive or bog down the present story at all. Overall, I would go back and read the ones in the series I missed. Some decorating tips are included at end of book. 3.5*