My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Sifting Through Clues was a selection I made through NetGalley because I’d already read and enjoyed another series by Daryl Wood Gerber. Normally, I’d begin with the first in a series but since this was number 8, I didn’t have time to catch up. I decided to start here, and if I liked it, I planned to go back to read the rest. So… I will be going back to read the rest!
Gerber has writing chops in the cozy mystery world. She knows how to create vivid characters, puzzling plots, and gorgeous settings. In this caper, a book club group holds a progressive dinner, where attendees go from house to house in their neighborhood to sample different foods from other members and discuss the book. Unfortunately, when they arrive at one house, the woman is dead! She’d caused an uproar earlier that week with several members, and she might’ve been stealing boyfriends and secrets. Which book club member wanted her dead? Or was it someone else who had payback in mind?
I really enjoyed the setting in this one. From smiling about all the different shops to learning about the various women in the protagonist’s life, I found ample connections and fun dialog. Gerber plugs a lot of her own books and other people’s books, which is fun but also a bit much at times. Nothing at all to worry about, it’s kinda cute. I do want to visit the maison in her French series, so it was a welcome tie-in this time. I’m glad we had a list of characters in the beginning because there are a lot to keep track of, and that’s coming from an author who has 120 in his first four books. I totally get it! Gerber is careful to repeat necessary info / relationships without it seeming odd, leading readers to quickly remember who is who and what might be going on. Kudos to that success!
Our amateur sleuth has an interesting relationship with the detective, Cinnamon. I like the banter, and I’m curious what happened in earlier books. The murder is strong, and there are tons of suspects. I really enjoyed this one and will be reading others in the series.
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