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Book Review: Where There’s a Will by Amy K. Rognlie

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Where There's a Will (Short Creek Mystery Series, #2)Where There’s a Will by Amy K. Rognlie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where There’s a Will is the second book in Amy K. Rognlie’s ‘Short Creek Mystery Series.’ Who wouldn’t enjoy a book about a missing will and a town called Short Creek? I stumbled upon this author and her series via a cozy mystery group I belong to. Although I won the second book, the author was kind of enough to also send the first book, so I could catch up. I wrote that review last week, which means today I’m ready for the second one. Kudos to Rognlie for creating a Christian cozy mystery series with diversity and a focus on living a better life through faith.

In this book, Callie gets a call in the wee hours of the morning from her aunt noting that a friend is in trouble. When Callie checks on the friend, she’s okay. But she’s not the next day! As the story progresses, we learn about a missing family, a ruthless real estate agent, a couple of cases of hidden identities, and a much sought after will. Who inherits? Who really knows what happened years ago when the family disappeared? Who is in cahoots with whom to find the proverbial gold at the end of this rainbow? The mystery is strong, almost too strong! It took a lot to keep track of of few merging story-lines, but I like the complexity.

Rognlie has created a wonderful setting with a very strong religious theme. If you enjoy mysteries but also reading bible verses, learning how to be a better / kinder person, relying on Jesus to help protect and support you, and share prayers, this is the book for you. The author weaves together a collection of Short Creek inhabitants who rely on their religious beliefs to get them through each day, even when it includes murder. Just like other cozies with themes, you need to have an interest in Christianity and prayer to fully understand and absorb this book. It goes to show how faith can help people get through a tough situation.

I haven’t read many books in this sub-genre / theme, but it seems to be a good example of it. The characters are well-drawn and the writing is good. It should find a great audience. Thanks for sharing it!

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. There are two books: Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Book Review: Make Haste Slowly by Amy K. Rognlie

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Make Haste Slowly (Short Creek Mystery Series, #1)Make Haste Slowly by Amy K. Rognlie

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Amy K. Rognlie and her ‘Short Creek Mystery’ series are new to me. I saw an opportunity to enter a giveaway for the second book in the series and ended up winning the book. What a surprise when the author sent me not only the second book but the first one, too. Such a wonderful thing to do! I began reading Make Haste Slowly yesterday and finished it today. It’s an easy read with a medium-sized cast and a few side stories going on besides the main plot.

One thing I didn’t realize when I entered the contest was that these are Christian cozy mysteries. For the most part, I’m fine with incorporating religious beliefs and background into a book; it’s ultimately no different than having a Sherlock Holmes, baking, or home-repair theme for the series. For me, there were too many references to fully immerse myself in the mystery. At least once per chapter, a few pages were focused on prayers, bible verses, and religious discussions about being good and relying on Jesus to save you. So… for the right readers, this will be a fantastic / amazing read with a wonderful theme. For me, it was a little too much of a theme on some occasions; however, I will still read the second book to see if it balances out a bit more to help me decide whether to keep reading the whole series.

In this caper, a dead body shows up on Callie’s, the main character’s, doorsteps. When she calls the police, they cart the victim away (likely homeless or thief, the cops believe). A few days later, he had a miraculous recovery and was just someone who fell there accidentally. That doesn’t make sense! Callie works with the local pastor, her neighbor, and an EMT to sort it all out. Unfortunately, her old aunt seems to be part of the mystery, as well as her own brother, and a possible connection to her deceased husband and an accident she witnessed when living in a different state. Let’s not forget about the sex-trafficking in this small Texas town, it’s connected somehow, right?

So much going on! For all those reasons, it was a good story. I’m curious to see how the second book turns out, and I will be reading it next week. I ended up with a 3 to 3.5 rating for me personally on this one, but for the right audience, it will connect more easily. Thank you for this opportunity. I appreciate it and wish the author well on this series.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. There are two books: Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.