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A Literal Mess

(Allie Cobb Mystery #1)

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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 sou
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Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Lyrical Underground
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Carrie
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A Literal Mess by J.C. Kenney is the first book of the new cozy Allie Cobb Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series the mystery within this first book is solved at the end without leaving a cliffhanger so one can read as a standalone or continue onward for another mystery in book two.

Allie Cobb was definitely her father’s daughter as she followed his footsteps into a career as a literary agent. Fresh out of college and trying to make a name for herself Allie chose to begin her career in
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Juli
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Literal Mess is the first book in the new Allie Cobb Mystery series. In this series debut, Allie returns home to Rushing Creek, IN following the death of her father. Coming back to Indiana after living in New York is a bit of culture shock for her, but Allie is determined to help her mother close out her father's literary agency. Turns out someone else is interested in closing out her dad's former clients. Author Thornwell Winchester is found floating face down in the water under a bridge soon ...more
Gail C.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A Literal Mess by J. C. Kenney is the first in a new series featuring Allie Cobb, up and coming literary agent and, at least in this book, detective extraordinaire. This introductory novel offers the promise of a delightful cast of characters and a small town that could serve as an advertisement for anyone who is considering leaving the anonymity of a big city for a smaller town with the promise of a richer, more connected group of friends and acquaintances.
Of course, in the novel, there is a
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Mark Baker
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, mystery
Allie Cobb has returned home to Rushing Creek, Indiana for her father's funeral. While his death wasn't a surprise, it has still hit her hard. She's not prepared for tragedy to strike her small town a second time when the body of Thornwell Winchester is found. He was one of Allie's father's literary clients, and also the father of Allie's best friend, Sloane. When Sloane becomes the police's chief suspect, Allie steps in to find out the truth. Can she do it?

This book is more serious in tone than
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LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Losing a parent can be devastating and Allie Cobb is upset she was unable to get home to say that final good-bye to her dad. She was so much like him and she left home for New York to make it on her own in a field where he was very well known and she did. Now she and her cat Ursula have come back to Indiana for the funeral and so that she can close his office and pass his literary clients on to others.

Then one of his clients is murdered. Thornwell Winchester, a prominent autho
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JoAn
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
A Literal Mess by J.C. Kenney was a good beginning to this new cozy series.

Allie Cobb is a literary agent in New York City. She left home after graduation from high school so that she could make a name for herself in the world of publishing. She's come home to Rushing Creek, IN for her father's funeral. She is heartbroken as she didn't get to say goodbye but determined to make it up to her family for being gone for so long. The murder of her father's client and her best friend's father has Allie
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Kristina
A Literal Mess by J.C. Kenney is debut book in An Allie Cobb Mystery series. Allie Cobb is awakened during the night by a phone call from her brother, Luke. Her father has passed away from pancreatic cancer, and Allie quickly heads home to Rushing Creek, Indiana. The day after her father’s funeral, Sloane Winchester (her best friend) arrives at the Cobb house in distress. Her father and famous author, Thornwell Winchester was found dead under the Rushing Creek Bridge. It is a shame that someone ...more
Yvonne
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Allie Cobb is doing well for herself in New York City as a literary agent. She’s a chip off the old block since her father is a top literary agent in her small hometown of Rushing Creek, Indiana. When her father becomes ill and passes away, Allie heads home with her cat Ursula to close down her father’s company. She, also, plans to spend some quality time with her mother, brother, sister and her best friend Sloane.

Tragedy hits the small town when Sloane’s father is found dead. He was also one of
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Kirsti
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

While I think this series starts on on a sour note and really doesn't have that small town feel i love from a cozy, it did pick up by the end of the book and I want to learn more about Allie and her new/old circle of friends. I just think two deaths was too much; there could have been another reason to come back because I honestly think Allie brushing off her father's death in order to solve a murder made her seem callous.
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Sue Em
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the debut of a refreshing new series, Allie Cobb rushes back to Southern Indiana after the death of her beloved father. She had established a career in NYC as a literary agent, following in her father's footsteps. At her father's funeral his major client gets drunk, then turns up dead. Her BFF, Sloan, is at the top of the suspect list. Allie investigates the murder, but is that putting herself in the killer's crosshairs? Well-plotted and assured, it manages to bystep all the annoying tropes o ...more
Fred
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Literal Mess is the first book in the An Allie Cobb Mystery series.

I find that sometimes with the first book of a new series the author will weigh the reader down with an excess of backstory. But, J. C. Kenney, for me, provided just enough information on the community of Rushing Creek and it’s interesting residents.

Allie Cobb, a literary agent, has come back to Rushing Creek for her father’s funeral and to help close down her father’s literary agency.

After the funeral family and friends gath
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Betty
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, arc, cats
A new author for me and the first book in a new series. Allie Cobb has been living and working as a literary agent in New York City. Her Father, a noted Literary agent has passed away from normal causes. Allie with her rescue cat, Ursula returns home for his funeral. Her Father's outstanding author is found dead in a nearby river. His daughter is Allie best friend, Sloane is the main suspect in her Father's MURDER. Allie decided to clear her friend name. The Police Chief ex-wife is one of Allie' ...more
Book
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Literary agent Allie Cobb is wrapping up the last details of her late father’s business when his biggest client, Thornwell Winchester, is found murdered. Winchester is also the father of Allie’s best friend, Sloane Winchester, initially a suspect in her father’s death.

Sloane is extremely upset at her father’s death since he had quit drinking for the last year and was reconciling with her and his ex-wife. Sloane persuades Allie to investigate her dad’s murder which coincides with Allie’s attempts
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Amanda Linsmeier
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, adult
My first mystery and I really enjoyed it! It was fun and intriguing and I loved the setting. Can't wait for book 2!
The Cozy Review
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 best-selling 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 best
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Rhoda Baxter
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Allie Cobb returns to her home town of Rushing Creek, Indiana following the death of her father. She's there to attend the funeral and wind up his literary agency. After that, she's going back to New York.
At least, that's the plan.

Being the one who went away to pursue a career means that there's a rift between her and her siblings - some of it is in her head, some of it isn't. Coming back to where you grew up is complicated. Then, when her best friend's father is found dead, things get even more
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Jill
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first book in a new series revolving around Allie Coop, a small-town girl working in NYC as a literary agent. The literary agent, publisher and client is a new one for me in the cozy mystery genre. I enjoyed it. It took me about 40 pages or so to really get into this book, but once I did, I couldn’t put the book down.

Most of the characters were well written and developed except for a few of them (such as Lance) but he was such a secondary figure, he could have been eliminated entirely and i
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Marie McNary
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been looking forward to this book for awhile now – ever since I had the pleasure of sitting down to interview the author at Malice Domestic. I really enjoyed Allie as a protagonist. She was relatable – broken, yet strong. I love that you can see how her deceased father (her hero) continues to shape her life, even after his death. The story was fast-paced and I found myself saying, “just one more page” many times as devoured the book in about 48 hours. A strong cozy mystery debut for JC Ke ...more
Doward Wilson
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic new series with intriguing characters & a twisted murder plot! ...more
Connie
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I have a weakness for mysteries with main characters who have jobs working with books in some capacity. Since this story had a main character who is a literary agent and others who are authors, this was definitely at the top of my to-be-read pile.

The characterization in this story is well done with lots of little details that were added about the lives of the characters; however, at times I felt the story could have contained a bit more action because the immense amount of narration made the bo
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Sarah
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An utter delight, "A Literal Mess" is the epitome of a fun, clever mystery.

New York literary agent Allie Cobb returns to her hometown of Rushing Creek, Indiana for her father's funeral. Rarely does a story, let alone a cozy mystery, kick off with such gutwrenching emotion. This might be the first time this genre has made me tear up! Allie is so heartbroken at missing her chance at saying goodbye to her dying father, a fact that haunts her throughout the entire book and gives her character such d
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Christine
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: clean-cozy
Allie Cobb returns from the publishing world of New York City to her hometown of Rushing Creek, Indiana after her beloved father passes away. The morning after her father’s funeral, Allie learns her best friend’s father and important client of Allie’s late father is found murdered. Allie knows her friend Sloane would never kill her father, but Sloane has become the prime suspect of the local chief of police, who happens to be Allie’s former brother-in-law. Allie uses the instincts and organizati ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-work
What a superb start to a new series, sorrow and regret leading to a brilliant story, number two has been pre-ordered so I can read more about the small, yet feisty lady!

Allie Cobb plans on heading home to Rushing Creek during the upcoming weekend to see her family, in particular her father who is dying of cancer, a phone call from her brother derails her plans and means she needs to head off sooner rather than later as her father died over night.  When she is home she catches up with her best fr
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Sandra
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Literal Mess by J. C. Kenney is a good mystery and a great start of a new series.

Allie receives a dreaded call in the middle of the night telling her that her father has died. Devastated she flies back home for a funeral. Several days later one of her father's best friends, and her own best friend's father, prominent writer is found dead. It soon becomes apparent that he was murdered. When Allie's friend asks her to find out the killer she simply can't refuse. With the help of police chief, wh
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Kendrea Parsons
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed A Literal Mess by J.C. Kenney. It was a cozy mystery that I just couldn't put down and finished it quite quickly. I love the main characters, especially Allie Cobb. She's very intelligent and likeable so it's very easy to root for her to be successful in the book. I also like that the author didn't really go out of their way to introduce a romance in the first book. There's a romantic interest, sure, but it's not a main plot point in this book. Sometimes it's good for the female ...more
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Jun 03, 2019 added it
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A new author for me and the first book in a new series. Allie Cobb has been living and working as a literary agent in New York City. Her Father, a noted Literary agent has passed away from normal causes. Allie with her rescue cat, Ursula returns home for his funeral. Her Father's outstanding author is found dead in a nearby river. His daug
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Homerun2
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
3.5 stars

Credible debut effort featuring Allie Cobb, New York literary agent who has returned to her small-town Indiana home for her father's funeral. No sooner has Allie gotten through that ordeal and started re-connecting with family and friends than another death occurs. This time it's her best friend Sloane's famous author father - and it's murder.

The chief of police just happens to be Allie's ex-brother-in-law and he admits he's in over his head. He and Sloane convince Allie she can help wi
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Dan
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A classic cozy mystery, A LITERAL MESS begins as Allie Cobb returns to her home town in Indiana under tragic circumstances: the loss of a loved one. Allie and her family are immediately sympathetic and likable, and Kenney eases us into the story with a strong protagonist and supporting cast.

Of course things kick into gear quickly, as a prominent citizen is murdered, and the town is thrown into turmoil. Kenney hits all the right cozy mystery notes in this solid debut novel, and red herrings and
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Annarella
What a good start for a new series!
It's refreshing to read about a heroine that is neither a baker or librarian and is very dedicated to her profession.
I loved this book, it was a breath of fresh air and I was hooked since the first pages.
The setting was great, I would like to live in this small town so full of beauty and relaxing.
The cast of characters is lovely and relatable, I loved the female characters so strong and I loved the pets.
The mystery was good, it keep you guessing till the end an
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Barbara Tobey
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. An entertaining and engaging cozy mystery. Enjoyed being back home again in Indiana. The changes in family relationships were interesting. Granted the involvement with the police chief did stretch reality, but then, I am not looking for reality in my reading. I look forward to reading the next one in this series. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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