Book Review: In Want of a Knife by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

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In Want of a Knife (A Little Library Mystery #3)In Want of a Knife by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Last month, In Want of a Knife, the 3rd book in the “A Little Library Mystery” series written by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli, was available to read and review through a cozy mystery group I belong to. I was excited to try it because she was a new author to me and it involved libraries. I picked up the novel earlier this week and finished it over the course of two days. I normally prefer to read books in order but my October reads were too hefty to add in the two earlier books in the series.

The cover and setting are adorable. One of the main characters is a little person, which made for a different and positive read. The concept of the library is wonderful, and since it takes place in Michigan, where a few good friends live, it felt like a book I might really enjoy. Overall, I did like the story and the general writing style, but I struggled with the characters and the point of view.

The backstory and current mystery were strong. I clearly understood the plight of the victims and the reason for the murders (not that I agreed with it of course – bad people!). I suspected a couple of folks but ultimately knew where it was going given how some of the story played out. It still kept me interested and offered a few surprises near the end. Reading a few chapters from the victim before anything else happened was a nice treat I don’t often see in this sub-genre. Although, I’m not exactly sure it falls into the ‘cozy’ sub-genre as it had a few heavier aspects to it.

Another new style for me was the changing POV and perspective of the characters both within a chapter and from chapter to chapter. That’s not typical for a cozy. It works normally in thrillers or suspense novels, but because it jumped around a lot, I couldn’t quite latch on to a character which is normally something I really like in a cozy. The characters were also a little too standoffish / at arms-length-away for me. At times, we connected, but in general, they weren’t people I was familiar with and they didn’t seem to be a very warm and inviting group. Unfortunately, it made that part of the book a bit of a difficult read.

All that said, the author is a good writer. She weaves a good plot and has wonderful descriptions, pacing, and tone. I am going to check out more reviews of this book and the others in the series before I decide to read the rest. I want to be sure the book series is a good match for my reading style. Sometimes it’s a good book but doesn’t workout well for certain readers. Given that, I think it falls around a 3.5 for me, but I rounded up for stars. I hope others enjoy it.

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15 thoughts on “Book Review: In Want of a Knife by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

    bettylouise31 said:
    October 4, 2018 at 7:10 PM

    If on look into the serious, you will find it is a take off on Alice In Wonderland. I didn’t know this at the time I read and review the book. I had the same difficulties. I now have the first and it is high in TBR list. My first clue was all the clicks my review was getting. Now I know why.
    BTW I was probably in high school when the movie came out. I learned to with Jack and Jane.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 4, 2018 at 8:34 PM

      This one was Pride and Prejudice. I think I might like Alice in Wonderland more. It sounds quite fun.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Liked by 1 person

    Martie said:
    October 4, 2018 at 8:05 PM

    Where do you find the time to write, publish and diligently blog? Not to mention helping out fellow bloggers.

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 4, 2018 at 8:36 PM

      Oh, I’m lucky, and I won’t ever forget it. I am not working right now, so I can focus 100% on reading / writing / blogging hoping it turns into a full-time life-affording career. I worked a lot and earned a lot to set aside this time period to do that… but it won’t always be like this! When I go back to work (unless I become a famous writer where that’s my job), I’ll scale back a lot!

      Liked by 2 people

    The Cozy Pages said:
    October 4, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    the changing POV and perspective of the characters both within a chapter and from chapter to chapter…. I can never quite get used to changing POV within a chapter. I can more easily deal with it from one chapter to the next and even then, only two ppl preferably.

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    carhicks said:
    October 5, 2018 at 10:43 AM

    This sounds like a very intriguing series. I have the first on my tablet and just moved it way up the TBR, of course not before Academic Curveball. I agree with Martie, and vote for full-time author. Even though I have this book on my TBR, I had not really heard or read about it in the blogosphere, so thanks for sharing this one.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 5, 2018 at 4:59 PM

      You’re welcome. I appreciate your support too. 🙂 just finished writing the second in the series.

      Liked by 1 person

    Cozynookbks said:
    October 5, 2018 at 10:35 PM

    Excellent review, Jay. Too bad you couldn’t form an attachment to the characters. I think that’s important.

    I could be wrong, but I really think you’ll like the Mainely Needlepointers mystery series by Lea Wait. I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I think you will. 😉

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 6, 2018 at 7:56 AM

      That’s definitely want to add for the poll today. If it doesn’t win I’ll still read the first book as a start. Thx.

      Liked by 1 person

    shereadsshewrites said:
    October 7, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    I enjoyed reading your candid review and I’m glad you enjoyed this book although you didn’t get attached much with it.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 7, 2018 at 11:02 AM

      Thank you. I did like parts of it, and the writing is good. I think as a series it will develop well with some focus on the characters to be a little more connective. Thanks for stopping by!

      Liked by 1 person

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