Daisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair by K.M. Morgan {Kelly’s Review}

Posted 4 February, 2015 by Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Daisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair by K.M. Morgan {Kelly’s Review}Daisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair by K.M. Morgan
Series: Daisy McDare #1
Pages: 154
Format: eARC
Source: Author

Welcome to Cozy Creek, a quaint tourist town nestled along the Pacific Coast.

Daisy McDare is busy nursing a broken heart, trying to build up her interior decorator business, and baking cookies when murder strikes Cozy Creek.

At first she leaves the investigation to Chris Crumple, the local bumbling police detective. But when Crumple arrests the wrong suspect, Daisy takes the investigation into her own hands.

Cracking the case won't be easy. She'll need help from her pastry-baking best friend Samantha, her wise-cracking Granny Annie, and her trusty West Highland Terrier Shamus.

It's up to Daisy McDare to find the murderer in Cozy Creek before they strike again.

Six words can’t encapsulate my meh.

Thoughts on Daisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair

I had a tough time with this book. My biggest issue was with the choppy writing style and the rehashing of some of the details that REALLY didn’t need to be rehashed. For the record, reading about Mrs. Cash’s predilection toward wearing pink (ANY SHADE! EVERY DAY!) wasn’t all that interesting the first time. I honestly expected it to play into the mystery somehow just because it was so specific. Alas no. Then I got to read about it again. Almost word for word later in the narrative and that was just… still not all that interesting.

(Lest you think I’m being nit picky about one minor detail, there were other instances where information that was given earlier was gone over again with very little change in the wording. From a reader’s standpoint, I feel like the author thinks I didn’t pick up on this the first time. From a writer’s standpoint, I was disappointed that something that basic wasn’t caught in edits. I could have probably forgiven it if it had happened once — repetitive phrasing happens, I know this — but the multiple times sealed the deal for me.)

Writing quirks aside, I had a hard time believing people who work at a law office (a) would blithely answer some of the questions Daisy so bluntly put to them and (b) that the lawyer who has won all his cases was so bad at hiding his reactions to her questions that Daisy could read him like an open book. I found the situations Daisy put herself in the middle of to be implausible and her… I don’t even know how to put this… her willingness to be totally fake to ferret out information made me dislike her A LOT. (YES, THAT!)

I think what it comes down to is that I didn’t care for pretty much any part of this book. Given that I’d just finished another cozy, I know it’s not the genre. I like light-hearted reads where the sassy heroine might make a few mistakes but she still comes out on top. This book, however, didn’t work for me.

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2 Responses to “Daisy McDare and the Deadly Legal Affair by K.M. Morgan {Kelly’s Review}”

  1. Did you redo more? I like it! (Or, if I just noticed, “Hey! Look! New!”)

    Yeah, lawyers are great poker players and it’s highly doubtful the guy wouldn’t be able to contain his reaction. And I like pink…but all day, day? *shudders* Unless she was channeling Delores Umbridge? Nah. The story would have been more interesting!
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