Review: A Valentine’s Kill by Mona Marple

A Valentine's Kill: Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Book ThreeA Valentine’s Kill: Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery Series: Book Three by Mona Marple
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

The third book in the Waterfell Tweed Cozy Mystery series!

As Valentine’ Day approaches, the cozy village of Waterfell Tweed is rocked by the unwelcome return of a familiar face.

Sandy Shaw doesn’t believe that Dick Jacobs, the Health and Safety Officer, is as bad as people say. But within hours, he’s closed down one village business and has a list of other targets – including Books and Bakes!

When Sandy discovers Dick’s lifeless body, she vows to find his killer. But her investigation soon points in a direction she doesn’t want to believe could be true.

Can Sandy solve the case?

And will life ever be the same if she does?

A Valentine’s Kill 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.

The book deals this time with the murder of Dick Jacobs, who is a Health and Safety Officer, whio is eager to close those shops which are violating the health restrictions & endanger the customer’s health. Being pretty strict with his rules, he isn’t the most popular guy in Waterfell Tweed, and his appearance causes a small riot in the normally calm & collected community, even more when he is found dead – without any witnesses or traces of the murderer.

I liked how the book had a captivating crime case and I admit I have found my suspect pretty fast but was side-tracked by the subplot between Sandy and Tom, who is behaving pretty uncommon in the book.

This time we see Sandy acting pretty brave and taking the initiative is trying to solve the crime. It’s delightful to see her actings, to follow her lead and who she suspect as the murderer.

I was really happy to read the end of the book, had my hopes with Sandy and Tom and I loved how honest they were at the end of the book.

It was also charming we saw a different side of the other town’s people, how they interacted and how DC Sullivan, who is again the detective in charge, is opening up towards Sandy. And my first thought of making them both a couple is now totally out of question but I don’t mind it at all. 🙂 What exactly I’m referring to will be kept as a secret and I just say: read it for yourself. 🙂

This book was a charming, entertaining read, the crime case thrilling without being devastating or boring. The suspect is not unexpected but the way the murder was commited is pretty unique. 🙂 I liked the book, it is perfectly for a cozy read in February, with its little Valentine topic. I give this book  4.5 out of 5 stars.

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