Friday, August 20, 2021

Pulp Friction

 This second book in the Cider Shop mystery series by Julie Anne Lindsey is an enjoyable read.  I discovered that the 3 cozies I was reading at the same time were all based around weddings which I found to be a funny coincidence.  This one is a rural barn setting for a country wedding while the previous book I finished was the Beach setting.  The cake in the beach one sounded absolutely beautiful but in this book it was easy to envision the twinkling lights hanging from the barn rafters.  The old fashioned truck as the just married vehicle sounds charming as well.

As for the actual mystery it is well written and we find the main character getting into lots of trouble- both from the investigation and her ex.  The characters are well developed and the reader can readily relate to their good and bad characteristics.  There are some stereotypical nefarious activities that cause a bit of an eye roll when they come up in the story as a possible explanation for the murder, but not so outrageous to be unbelievable or detract from the story.

The cider recipes that are included sound wonderful and I am tempted to try the champagne cider used at the wedding reception- it sounds elegant and yummy.   The book definitely makes me hope for crisp fall weather and possible trips to the apple orchard/pumpkin farm.

Pulp FrictionPulp Friction by Julie Anne Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really enjoyed this next book in the cider shop series. I appreciate how it depicts the struggles with owning a small business and the creativity and decisions that are needed to run it. Often times stories just portray running a business as an easy task outside of the long hours. They don't tend to talk about the financial struggles and the ever demanding need to evolve and stay current. This series feels realistic about that.
The mystery in the book is well written as well and a good balance of creativity and an honest reflection of small town The setting in the orchard makes me look forward to the fall and hopefully some apple picking or pumpkin patch activities.

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Challenge Prompts

The Challenge Prompts I will use this for are:  

  1. Library Love  #LibraryLoveChallenge  Book #98
  2. Literary Escapes  #LiteraryEscapes West Virginia
  3. Finishing the Series   #FinishingTheSeries2021 Cider Shop #2
  4. Virtual Mount TBR #VirtualMountTBR2021   Book #106
  5. Back List Reader  #Backlistreader  Book #120
  6. Calendar of Crime  #CalendarOfCrime2021   
  7. Cruisin thru Cozies  Free choice #68
  8. Cloak & Dagger  #CloakDaggerChal  Book #101
  9. Craving for Cozies  Book #86
  10. Medical Examiner Challenge 2 Toe Tags
  11. Beachcomber Challenge  
    • Crime Scenes 
      • Row 1
        • Pathway or forest
      • Row 5
        • Garden, park, gazebo
    • Weapons
      • Row 2 
        • Hand gun

      • Row 3
        • Motor vehicle (struck by)
    • Detectives- Winnie
    • Victims- Jack Warren & Chad Denton
  12. Six Shooter Challenge  Target #70  Shot #2

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