So, what exactly is the point of a ten page review? Obviously it's not the story itself, the effectiveness of the plot development, the quality of character development or the overall talent of the author. What I'm reviewing is the author's ability to draw me into their story in just a few pages. Can they give me a sense of place and time, set the tone of the story, make me care about their protagonist, and give me an impelling reason to keep reading. In today's competitive market, an author only gets a few pages to make all that happen for a reader. The rating reflects my view on those elements. It doesn't reflect on the whole book, since I haven't read the entire story. So I encourage those who read these reviews to keep that in mind and to peruse other reviews to help make your buying decisions.
Author: Joanne Guidoccio
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Review Rating: **** Intrigued - Taking This Home
The opening page is comical as we delve into an insane pastry purchase with a price tag of $3000. The grand opening of Gilda's new business is complicated by too many helpers, doom predictions, and a dumpster outside her back door that holds something it shouldn't. This story opened exactly as a Cozy mystery should in my opinion, gently yet ominously. Nice job!
A few story elements gleaned from the first ten pages:
Along with the items mentioned above, we also have a hunky detective who turns out to be Gilda's former high school crush. A rather large and funny group of meddling relatives and the feeling that there are going to be more suspects than pedestrians.
Quote from Book:
~ Even with a dead body in a Dumpster, thousands of euros of pastries wasting away, and policemen swarming about, my mother and aunt could still indulge in their favorite hobby—trying to find me another husband. ~
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