Friday, January 11, 2019


A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery) by J.C. Kenney

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Lyrical Underground (January 8, 2019) 
Print Length: 196 pages 
ASIN: B07C6T6X41

The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert . . .
Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author’s daughter—Allie’s longtime friend.
Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic’s ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .

 I love discovering new series and getting to know new characters. This one has added appeal as the heroine is a book editor and want to be writer herself.
Having moved from her very small home town in Indiana to chase her dream among the bright lights of the big city, New York City, Allie returns home for her father`s funeral.
Sadly, the day of the funeral, her best friend`s father is murdered. 
The relationships between fathers and daughters could not have been more different but it seems that Sloane, the best friend, has more than a few secrets she has kept from Allie over the years.

That does not stop Allie from doing all she can to find a killer, despite her turbulent relationship with the resident city chief of police. Leaving no stone unturned, and putting herself in the line of vision, and within reach of a killer, Allie needs to solve this crime before a Fall Festival begins and before her own bereavement leave is over.

Fast paced and exciting, with a wonderful cast of people you`ll want to get to know better.
Hang on for a wild ride as Allie has to figure out her future and manage to stay alive to have one.

About the Author

J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories.
 When he's not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. 
He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Laura! And double thanks for the kind words in your review. Have a great day and weekend!


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