A Tough Case to Crack
Nuts About Nuts Mystery #1
by Cindy Bell (GoodReads Authur)
Kindle edition, 284 pages, Sep 6, 2016

GoodReads Summary:  
Kerri Gale is getting ready for the grand opening of her nut shop, ‘Nuts about Nuts’, in the small town of Cascade Grove. She is new to the area and is enjoying setting up home with her Yorkshire Terrier, Cashew, and spending time with her new friend, Natalie. 

But when possible evidence from the murder of the previous shop owner is found in the shop, Kerri finds herself right in the middle of a murder investigation. A handsome reporter, Steve, is writing an article about the murder, but can Kerri rely on him? Then her grandfather, who she hasn’t seen in ages, turns up out of the blue and is being very secretive. During the chaos, Kerri has to try to juggle everything so she can find the murderer and her shop can open on time.

Can she trust Steve or is he just using her for a story? Can she trust her grandfather or is his sudden arrival, not a coincidence? Will Kerri solve the murder? Or is Natalie right and ghosts are to blame?

Recipes for Toasted Pecan Cookies and Maple Nut Pie are included!


My Disclaimer:  I received this book for free from the author's newsletter. This is my honest review, for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:
The writing is good throughout the story, which is fast paced. It's a quick read. There is no sex and the violence is really minor.

Kerri Gale is just trying to open a store to sell nuts. One thing after another happens to keep her from doing that. And things seem to have the help of the local police. Then her grandfather shows up, whom she hasn't seen in years. And he claims to be a spy. Well, would you believe it? No, it didn't seem believable to me, either.

There are lots of characters to help her figure this all out, other than her grandfather. There's Natalie, her assistant. Harry, the helpful handyman, Chris, the late owner's brother, Steve, the reporter, Chief Higgins, and Detective Meyers. But you never really get a feel for any of these characters because everyone is so busy dashing from here to there that there's no time to get to know them.

What do I remember about the book? I remember Kerri has a Yorkie called Cashew and she talks to a chatty squirrel several times. I also remember that the local Chief of Police was covering things up, like the former owner of the shop's death. I just didn't get a real feel for the people in the story. It was entertaining, but it didn't stay with me.

The premise is good and was what appealed to me. As does the cover art. I really like the colorful cover chosen for this book. It's been popular with other reviewers but just didn't take with me. Try it to see if this popular writer is one for you.