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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 sout
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Expected publication: January 8th 2019 by Lyrical Underground

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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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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
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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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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Valerie
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thought this is a good book. It's interesting, engaging with all the characters, and a different storyline than most cozy mysteries. #ALiteralMess #NetGalley
Jamie
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I like Rushing Creek, Indiana. Ursula the cat and Sammy the golden retriever are my favorite characters. I liked learning about what literary agents do.

I received an ARC from the publisher and NetGalley for an honest review.
Karen
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this first in a new series.
The characters and premise were engaging and the whodunit kept me guessing.
This book sets up a solid base for further books in the series to look forward to.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of the book.
Laura Salas
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The world of authors and literary agents is a fun setting to me, and this was a well-plotted light mystery with relatable characters. It would have been a 4, but I just can't stand it when otherwise intelligent main characters confront a dangerous killer, on their own, fully aware of the danger, for no particular reason other than impatience. Urrrrggggh.

Also, the idea that the police chief and his staff would enlist the help of a private citizen (especially the sister of the ex-wife of the chie
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Jennifer Hall
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this books from a Goodreads giveaway and had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised when I was sucked right into Allie's world. It was a comfortable place and even though I had never been to her hometown I felt like I was right there with her. The story was a little far-fetched at times, but all in all it was a good read.
Lisa Elizabeth
I think this is solid footing for a cozy mystery series. The setting, characters and relationships are nicely set up to continue this adventure for many books to come.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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I write cozy mystery stories set in small towns in my home state of Indiana. A Literal Mess, book one in the Allie Cobb Mysteries series, is my first cozy mystery.

I live in Indianapolis with my wife, two sons, and a kitty cat. I dream of one day retiring to a place where the water is warm and the beaches are soft. I'm a big fan of motor sports, so when I'm not writing, you'll likely find me follo
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