This past March I was fortunate enough to receive an advance review copy of a mystery novel by an author that I predict has a successful career in front of her. Here's my review of Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower, on sale June 16th:
Of course, the book also got me thinking about my own varied wedding experiences. I've been a bridesmaid four times and though I haven't had any occasions to re-wear the gowns I purchased, I was very thankful that they were all in good taste - if not entirely comfortable. Does anyone have any India-type wedding-craziness to share?
Author Amanda Flower does a wonderful job of bringing to life the town of Stripling, Ohio. The supporting cast - India's activist parents, the Irish landlady, Olivia's rebellious teen sister, a pair of ill-tempered cats, and many others - creates extensive realism to the backdrop of the novel. Instead of just hearing a story the reader feels introduced to the town's life with hopes that this will be the first of future adventures involving India Hayes. The mystery in the story was well-layered and Flower kept the pacing right to build intrigue throughout the book.
Maid of Murder is a charming and well-written book with a fresh plot and unique characters. It was great to encounter a novel centered around a woman that did not involve her quest for a man, and Amanda Flower has created a winner in the witty, smart heroine India Hayes.
And coming soon, my blog interview with author Amanda Flower!