Book Review: Crime for the Books

Posted October 2, 2022 by geograph in adult, cozy mysteries, review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Crime for the BooksOn Borrowed Crime by Kate Young
Series: Jane Doe Book Club Mystery #3
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 6, 2020
Genres: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy / General, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Pages: 320
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

A shoe-in read for fans of Ellery Adams and Kate Carlisle, On Borrowed Crime is the first in Kate Young's new Georgia-set, sweet tea filled, Jane Doe Book Club mysteries.

The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn't fun and games...

Lyla Moody loves her sleepy little town of Sweet Mountain, Georgia. She likes her job as receptionist for her uncle's private investigative firm, her fellow true crime obsessed Jane Doe members are the friends she's always wanted, and her parents just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. But recently, with her best friend Melanie on vacation, and her ex-boyfriend and horrible cousin becoming an item and moving in next door to her, her idyllic life is on the fritz. The cherry on top of it all is finding Carol, a member of the club, dead and shoved into a suitcase, left at Lyla's front door.

Unusual circumstances notwithstanding, with Carol's heart condition, the coroner rules Carol's death undetermined. But when they discover the suitcase belongs to Melanie, who had returned from her vacation the following morning, Sweet Mountain police begin to suspect Lyla's best friend. Determined that police are following the wrong trail, to clear her friend's name, and to not allow Carol become one of the club's studied cold cases, Lyla begins to seek out the real killer. That is, until she becomes the one sought after. Now, finding the truth could turn her into the killer's next plot twist, unless she wins the game of cat and mouse.

Narrator: Lyla Moody
Supporting characters: Titular Jane Doe Book club: Mel, Amelia, Rosa and Lyla, Lyla’s grandmother Daisy, Lyla’s uninteresting boyfriend whose name I have literally already forgotten
Theme: Halloween, books/book clubs, Agatha Christie
Location: Sweet Mountain, Georgia
Sub-location: Magnolia Manor
Recipes: No :<
Animals: None
Series #: Jane Doe Book Club Mystery #3
Mystery Notes: Twists! Turns! Even a red-herring! Honestly there was some good tension
Copaganda/police involvement: POLICE MISCONDUCT AND HOW IT IMPACTS A COMMUNITY????? Okay look I’m not expecting a lot from a cozy mystery and I did not get a lot BUT the fact that it’s here at all is iNCREDIBLE. Rosa is also a cop and a main character, which :/
Notes on the puns of the title: I enjoy the double-pun of a crime in books and also a crime in like, the police books.

Four stars for touching on the idea of police misconduct and the honestly good tension. No recipes tho :/, which brings it down to 3.5 stars but I’m rounding up for NetGalley/Goodreads so it doesn’t really matter.

No recipes.

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