Saturday, May 31, 2008

Book Review: Murder by Mushroom

Murder by Mushroom by Virginia Smith - Love Inspired Suspense #63 - Aug 07

When it comes to what to bring for potlucks, I can relate to the heroine of this book. Jackie Hoffner usually brings chips and store-bought stuff to potlucks. When this is pointed out to her, she decides to cook up a delectable casserole for the next function. She's feeling great after all the rave reviews. But a few days later when a senior from the church dies, it comes out that Jackie's casserole containing poisoned mushrooms did the old lady in.

Trooper Dennis Walsh doesn't think Jackie is a murderer but his personal agenda is to learn everything he can from his esteemed partner. And if his partner thinks Jackie did it, then Dennis is willing to treat her as a murder suspect until proven otherwise.

This was a well-written book with an interesting plot. However, I found it somewhat boring. Why? Because I read Love Inspired for the romance and this book was only 20% romance - maybe. And even though there was suspense because no one knew the motivation for the murder, the heroine spent almost 50% of the book, sitting around having coffee and talking. Not enough action in this book for me.

What I did like, was the way the subject of gossip was handled. It's amazing to me how many people can sit at ‘coffee row' every morning and talk without acknowledging the fact that they're gossiping. Or the hurt that they could be causing by that gossip. I believe it's our job to stop this kind of talk whenever we encounter it whether it's over a morning coffee or at a church function. (Yes, even Christians gossip. (gasp))

Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Review: Good 2½ stars (Good writing and story line but not my cup of tea)

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Total books Read: 59 Harlequin Imprint: 55 Others: 4

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