Review: A Tale of Two Bodies by Mona Marple

A Tale of Two Bodies: Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Book TwoA Tale of Two Bodies: Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Book Two by Mona Marple
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

The second book in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery series!
Every bad guy believes they are the good guy.

When a squatter from Waterfell Manor is killed in a hit and run, bookshop owner Sandy Shaw is determined to leave the police to deal with the case.

But when a second attack happens, and the police seem focused on the wrong person, Sandy realises she must take matters into her own hands.

Can she solve the case before anyone else gets hurt?

A Tale of Two Bodies is a novella of around 35,000 words. Light and cozy, the book follows our female amateur sleuth, the village of Waterfell Tweed, and a whole host of quirky characters! Each book in this series can be read as a standalone (but is better enjoyed if read in order), and is free from swearing, sex, violence and cliffhangers. Book One is titled Once Upon a Crime.

What a delightful read with a charming heroine and a crime case which really hooked me.
We are at Waterfall Tweed again and see Sandy being busy in her new improved bookstore and café after she dealt with the chaos from book one. You can read this book perfectly fine as a stand-alone but knowing the details from the other book, the revealings like that Sandy’s best friend Cass has a step-sister, now living with her.

The crime case is a solid one, the thrill is there, I was excited and hooked from the first to the last page and I liked how you were asking if you were on the right trace. 🙂 There is a small subplot in the book about Sandy and the nice bar owner, who was only briefly mentioned in book one, Tom Nelson, who’s trying to woo Sandy and the slight romance which seem to develop is a pleasant aspect in the book.

The characters get through the crime case and their interactions more depth. Parts from book one which were a bit confusing – or I should better say sometimes felt a bit out of place – were now better set. There was a better display of the characters, maybe also because of the more natural and sweet acts, and because this time Sandy wasn’t threatened by DC Sullivan  – who appears again  to my surpise – of being the murderer.

The book had a nice flowing, the character were on great display and I liked how the small romance between Sandy and Tom was included and really gave a promising touch. I also loved the relationship between Cass’ step-sister and her new boyfriend, who is working for Sandy in the bookstore plus café. I really hope to see more of this in the next book. 🙂 I give 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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