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Murder with a Twist

(Mack's Bar Mystery #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  697 ratings  ·  87 reviews
The regulars at Mack's Bar love putting their heads together to solve a good mystery. But Mack is learning there's a big difference between barroom brain teasers and real-life murder. . .

Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton has a unique neurological condition that gives her extra perceptive senses, and police detective Duncan Albright is convinced Mack's abilities c

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Kensington Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, picnic-bingo
Mack’s Bar is a local tavern filled with patrons who love a good mystery. Daily specials revolve around a crime of the day. The first to solve the crime wins a free drink and meal. Mackenzie Dalton is the owner of this Milwaukee bar. Not only does she make a mean drink, but she is able to use a unique neurological condition to help others. Her new friend, Detective Duncan Albright, believes that Mack could use her special ability in crime solving. Mack agrees to try out Duncan’s theory. The firs ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
A lot going on in this one and sometimes hard to follow, but I like these characters. The synesthesia thing is just icing on the cake. Recommend this series! Some good sounding drink recipes, too.
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
Dollycas’s Thoughts

I found this series a few years ago and loved the first book in the series Murder on the Rocks. Then I picked up this book, Murder with a Twist but I immediately had to stop reading. I knew from reading the synopsis there was a suicide element but I hadn’t expected it to be so similar to the way my son took his life back in March of 2015. I put the book back on my To-Be-Read bookshelf but I kept passing over it until last week when I decided I should be able to handle the subj
Peggy R
This is the 2nd book in the series and I enjoyed it as much as the first. I like Mack and find her unique condition adds an interesting dimension to the stories. There is a large cast of secondary characters that each have a role to play. There were two mysteries in this story but not connected. I am looking forward to reading more in the series.
A cozy mystery set in and around a Milwaukee bar and an amateur detective having a rare neurological condition that gave her stronger senses by a new to me author and read by a new to me narrator tickled my fancy.

Murder With a Twist is book two in the Mack's Bar series, but I had no trouble reading it out of order as the first few chapters recapped matters (sans the solution) and led in slowly to the new mystery set up.

The intro to Mack and her special mystery-oriented bar, her patrons, and her
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, bingo
Another good installment in the series, this time with Mack starting to take an active role in helping the police solve crimes with her synesthesia. This one was a little different as there were two cases she was involved in but I liked it. Definitely kept me guessing. Love the Capone Club at her bar as well and their puzzles were lots of fun to try and solve. Also loved all the crime theme named drinks.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-cozies
I love this series, Mack's synesthesia gives this series such an interesting twist, having senses that are short wired, hearing, tasting and smelling things that nobody else can. There are plenty of characters in this series many of which are in the Capone Club at the bar, all are very likeable, you feel like you can sit down right with them. You actually get more than one mystery with this book, and it had so many twists that had me guessing until the end. I can't wait for the next in the serie ...more
❂ Murder by Death
4.5 stars. I love this one, and I loved that the author shook things up a bit from the bog-standard formula of one crime, or multiple crimes that tie together. It felt like a fresh read to me. There's a lot going on, and the book might have been better had there been fewer puzzles/riddles and fewer moments of MC angst, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one nonetheless and I'm looking forward to book 3.

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Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book but slightly less then the first. Cannot wait for the next one.
Something about the man in front of me bothered me, something more than the simple fact that he was dead.

Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton is back in the second installment of Mack's Bar mysteries. The bar regulars have formed the Capone Club that works at solving crimes after being involved in the murder from the previous book. The bar now has daily drink special that correspond to different crimes. Detective Duncan Albright is grooming Mack to assist him with his cases. Her synesthesia, a rare neurologi
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozies
This is the second book in the Mack's Bar mystery series. Mackenzie Dalton is been working on using her synesthesia to help the police department with cases. She tags along with Detective Duncan Albright to a crime scene to see what interpretations she can add to the scene.

I really enjoyed this book. Mack is a realistic and fun character who is independent but very unique. I love the idea of her using her synesthesia to help Duncan with his cases. The Capone club is awesome and I love the differ
Jennifer Brown
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great follow up to the first book! I definitely got sucked in to it. When the first murder was solved, I was like "huh, there's still a ton of book left!", but I soon realized there was going to be another case. I liked that about this one. The characters work so well together. I love the bar family and can't wait to read more about them! ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writer did a great job of summing up events/characters from the first book concisely in the first chapter.You won’t be lost as a reader if you haven’t read the previous book.  The synesthesia makes an interesting twist in the usual sleuth crime solver.Plus, instead of food recipes at the end of the book (Like other cozy series) this one prints the drink recipes. Some of them are pretty cool if you drink. The other difference is that while slightly skeptical, the cops to utilize her talents t ...more
Heidi (Yup. Still here.)
I was super disappointed in this one after really liking the first book. This was just really implausible to me and to top it off had too much going on with the Capone Club and more than one mystery. I get that the author was trying to show all aspects of the protagonists life but I think she tried too hard and jam packed this book with too many things. I felt like I had whip lash going from real mystery to "fake mystery/riddle". I think one quick session with the Capone Club would have suffice ...more
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vastly different book than the first. Felt like multiple mysteries inside a mystery. The end got a touch confusing but overall it was very good and enjoyable.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this book was incredibly unique and captivating from start to finish. The MC has such a fascinating ability! Mack has a rare neurological condition known as synesthesia. It makes her hyper aware of senses causing her to hear colors, taste feelings or see sounds. This condition plays in perfectly to help solve crime scenes. She pairs up professionally and romantically with a local detective to assist him in solving a few puzzling cases. It was so interesting to watch the clues unfold in such ...more
Diya J
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Linda C
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton owns and runs a bar in WI where she previously helped solve the mysteries of her father's and his girlfriend's deaths using her synesthetic senses, a cross-wiring that gives her tastes with smells or colors with sight, etc. Now her police detective boyfriend, Duncan asks her to act as a consultant at crime scenes. A suicide/murder and a kidnapping case are covered in this installment. I really am enjoying the unusual crime solving methods explored here. The Capone Club of ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Challenges: RRRCs February 2019 - Galentine's/best friends/adult beverage/set in bar (6); also, Create Your Own Readathon/Stacking the Series/Steeped in Books - Primary List/Level 5/Book 2; also, March Mystery Madness - Borrowed (4), Male/Female (9/10), Facts (11), Medical (16), Recipes (24). As a result of her neurological disorder, Mack is able to augment fact collecting for detectives through her synesthetic impressions of crime scenes. Readers are presented with two homicides to resolve as w ...more
I'm a bit disappointed in Murder with a Twist. Mack's synesthesia was repeated constantly in the main storyline, which was annoying and point blank boring part of this book. Duncan's behavior as a detective was also weak. He constantly called Mack to help out with her synesthesia, which was also illogical. Why leaning so much on synesthesia as a detective is weird part of this story. That part was way to weak and undeveloped, why leaning so much on her gift is beyond my understanding. One good p ...more
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked this, but not as much as the first book in the series. There was way too much focus on the way her senses perceive everything. I had no interest in the mini test mysteries the Capone group invented to help her develop her skills. I'm no ready to give up on the series yet, but if it doesn't start toning down the need to describe how every experience smells or sounds or tastes, I might bail out eventually. ...more
Diane Yonchuk
3.5 is more accurate. I enjoyed the second in this series, but not quite as well as the first. I do enjoy the bar patrons, but Mack kind of got on my nerves a bit in this one, perhaps a little too much angst. The story was a good one though and kept me guessing. It's a good, solid series with a unique twist, and well worth continuing to read. ...more
The plot was good, although convoluted. The main character had little self-confidence, which was taken advantage of by the police detective. By the way, his treatment of her made her even more insecure, since he was not a nice person.

It really bugged me that the supposed Scottish accent sounded more like one from Liverpool.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm loving this series!

This is the 2nd book in the Mack's Bar mysteries. I love Mack the bar owner and Duncan the detective cop. Set in Mack's Bar in Milwaukee loves to solve puzzles, mysteries and real crimes. I have enjoyed all the characters. On to book #3!
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I love this series and the WONDERFULLY UNIQUE characters! The only issue I'm having is Duncan. Is he using Mack and her unique gift for his own gains or does he truly have feelings for her? I liked him at first but know I'm getting leery of his intentions.

Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bookcrossing -

This wasn't as good as the first in this series, but I still want to read more in this series and see what happens to Mack, Duncan and the mystery solving friends at the bar.
Sheri Jesse
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read

I love this series. The premise is different than any other book, the characters are fantastic, and I'm always left wanting more. I would go visit Mack's bar if I could, just to meet everyone.
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bit of a chore to read

The flow is off. Maybe because for the second time in the second book two superstar murders are solved. And the murders do not relate to each other. I think the endings are rushed and predictable
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