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A Sporting Murder by Lesley A. Diehl
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Jun 15, 2015

it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read June 1, 2015.

Eve Appel, amateur sleuth, is at it again, despite the misgivings of her PI boyfriend Alex, who would prefer she stay out of crime investigations, and just about everyone else. This time, a potential client is killed on the game hunting ranch of Eve’s partner’s boyfriend, and the boyfriend is arrested for the murder. To complicate matters, the landlord has raised the rent on the shop where Eve and her partner Madeline have their consignment shop, so they must find a new location for the shop. A nasty competitor, Elvira Reed, appears she will stop at nothing to eliminate the retail competition. Luckily, Eve’s shady mobster friend, Nappi Napolitani, provides a quick fix solution to this problem. As the story progresses, Eve’s close Indian friend Sammy also becomes intimately involved in this mystery. How do all these parts interweave to give the reader a fast moving, interesting, but not terribly complex, mystery? The author has given the reader a great story, tying all these together, while showcasing the detective skills of the amateur sleuth and main character, Eve. I found myself unable to stop reading once I started and quickly became engrossed, though other, more pressing things such as work intruded. This truly is a good cozy type mystery, not to complex or filled with too much intrigue, but just enough to keep the reader reading page after page to see what happens next and enough mystery to make the reader want more when the story ends. Though part of a series, this can be read as a stand-alone, though being familiar with the characters, who obviously appeared in other books in the series, might help understand them and the roles they play, as there was very little back story

I have not read any other of the mysteries in this series, but, after this one, I intend to look for them. The author has provided a strong, gutsy female lead, who could be any of us. Yes, sometimes she get lucky and finds the answers to questions, almost by chance. Other times, you see her clever mind working through events and conversations, tying threads together to figure out what exactly is going on. The one thing I would have preferred to be different is the relationship between Eve and Alex. There was very little chemistry between them, and Alex sort of moved in and out of Eve’s life almost as an afterthought. However, Eve is the main character, and it is up to her to play the starring role, and not up to Alex to play a pivotal role. He does provide some important insight as well as opportunity to make headway in the mystery. Eve does need some counterpart or counterparts to break things up, who appear often in the story. The eclectic mix of secondary characters, from her grandmother to her partner to her true-to-form mobster friend Nappi, do jazz up what could otherwise be a rather boring story. Each of them lends his/her own little bit to help it all come together and to make Eve’s life more interesting. This is a pretty good summer or beach read. I highly recommend it.
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June 1, 2015 – Finished Reading
June 1, 2015 – Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
June 15, 2015 – Shelved
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