Lye in Wait (Home Crafting Mystery #1)
That's just what Sophie Mae Reynolds finds in her workroom: the corpse of Walter Hanover, the neighborhood handyman. He died from drinking lye, something she has in good supply. But the police don't suspect Sophie Mae, a thirty-something widow who makes and sells beauty products. Instead they call it a suicide....more
McRae is sloppy with language, she included descriptions of exactly how dinner was prepared on several occasions, and asides on the processes behind making soap. And the snooke...more
Sophie Mae is curious as the proverbial cat and wonders about the life of an acquaintance and why did he die in her workroom. As she seeks the answers to these questions, she wanders into more troubl...more
I say this because the first 30% of the book is boooorrriiiiinnnnng. But after that, it picks up, and yes, by the end it's a matter of "Who the dickens is NOT involved in this fiasco?!" but it was cute. And fluffy.
I have to hand it to the author (Goodreads says 'Lynette Eason', though my kindle says 'Cricket McRae', so um....), the characters (while being largely stereotypes - the awesome mom, the asshole ex-husband, the hot cowboy detective, the proud mother, the emot...more
When police determine that Walter, the handyman, died in Sophie's studio after drinking lye, she turns into their number one suspect. Sophie is determined to prove them wrong and clear her name.
I really liked the characters in this...more
There are no complicated life lessons or moral questions -- just a good, fun read.
I liked it.
To the ladies dismay, Sophie Mae goes down to her basement workshop and finds their local handyman not installing plasterboard but dead, from drinking liquid lye.
With this gruesome discovery, Sophie Mae, Meghan, and Erin (daughter,) find themselves woven into an int...more
The author did a great job, it flows nicely is easy to read and has great...more
Sometimes I just want a fun story that doesn't have demons, vampires, or any other 'creatures' in it. This book was perfect. All human characters- with no superpowers! - populate this nice little mystery. The dead body of the local handyman is found in our heroine's workshop and we're off and running. The mystery was well done and I was kept guessing till the end. I will definitely read another Sophie Mae mystery the next time I'm in the mood for a nice, clean cozy....more
Why do so many cozy mystery heroines end up being interested in dating and/or marrying the investigating police officer of the initial murder? That drives me crazy. I had hoped she would include a lot of detail regarding homemaking soaps, lotions and other sundries. It was a disappoint how very little of that there was. Sophie Mae's teenage helper did more work than she did. The characters were pleasant and lovable. Overall I liked it.
The writer puts in tons of details, a lot of which are unnecessary for the plot. I like that sort of thing, because it gets me into the setting more, but if it's not your cup of tea then this may not be a book you'll enjoy reading.
I'm not much into mysteries, but this one was light enough that it didn't mess with my sleep.