Saturday, April 2, 2016

Skinny Dipping With Murder by Auralee Wallace

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

This is an absolutely delightful, fun cozy mystery.

The protagonist, Erica Bloom, is wonderfully strong, flawed, and funny. She has been lured back to her hometown (which she fled not long after the infamous incident at the Raspberry Social) by her mother, who needs her to pretend to be a licensed psychologist at her women's retreat.

When she stumbles on a body, Erica initially wants to solve the murder so she can get out of Otter Lake and back to her life and job, where she feels in control. But Erica soon finds herself both drawn to and irritated by her former high school crush, who is now the sheriff, and is determined to solve the mystery before he does.

In lesser hands, this plot and its characters could have become outlandish. But Wallace writes with a deft touch, and keeps the story funny and the mystery full of twists without the book getting out of hand.

I look forward to reading the next book in the Otter Lake series!

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