How Much Fun Can It Be Growing Up In A Senior Citizens' Community?

Pineapple Lies
Pineapple Port Mysteries #1
by Amy Vansant (GoodReads Author)
Kindle edition, 308 pages,
Pub Apr 8, 2015, -
Also available in paperback and audible

GoodReads Summary:
Growing up in one of Florida’s fifty-five plus communities, Charlotte never expected life to be wild. Golf cart racing with her surrogate mothers Mariska and Darla was about as nutty as life got...until she found the hot pawnbroker’s mom buried in her backyard.

Talk about making a lousy first impression. Armed with nothing but her wits, Pineapple Port’s questionable cast of characters and a growing crush, Charlotte is determined to solve the mystery of Declan’s mother’s murder.

Hey, at least this guy’s skeletons aren't in his closet.

My Review:
My first response - Quirky and cute! A cozy mystery with a sweet romance in a Florida retirement community. Full review soon.

Quirky and cute in a retirement community? Well, yes. Charlotte is a 20-something woman who lives in her grandmother's place, which was left to her when her grandmother died. The cadre of mother hens in the community have taken to looking out for her and mothering her since both her mother and then her grandmother passed away. Each of these ladies is as unique as the next. So Charlotte has grown up with a tolerant view of the world. She is however, employably-challenged, and always looking for her ultimate career. The mother hens are always looking for her ultimate husband.

Declan is a pawn broker living very close to the retirement community. It's convenient for buying up the estates when the senior citizens die. He's not a vulture, but he does need to make a living. He's another 20-something person in an area where most of the population is over 50. And he's not hard on the eyes.

When Charlotte decides to dig up her back patio for a garden, she finds more dirt than soil. When the sheriff asks questions, he gets more stories than answers. When Charlotte and Declan spend time together, they feel a warmth that's not from the Florida sunshine. But can they form a bond when the skull under the concrete is discovered to be his mother's and the gun has fingerprints on it that come too close to home?

Ms. Vansant has created characters who have the depth to create and survive crisis, conflict, laughter, and romance. Her story line twists and turns so that you won't know who did it until she reveals it at the end. And the story continues from this one book. Amy Vansant just released book #4 in the series this month on the 21st. So check out her series and other books at her site or on Amazon.

This was a BookBub acquisition. This is my honest review for which I am receiving no compensation. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review