Review: Murder of a Cranky Catnapper - Denise Swanson
As I have just recently started to read more mystery novels, I don't feel like I have a lot to compare this book to.
On the back of the book Fresh Fiction says that Swanson is one of their favourite cozy mystery authors. I wasn't aware that cozy mysteries were a sub-genre, but I can see how this book would fit nicely into it.
The book itself is filled with charm and spunk. With a handful of strong women characters who support each other in their careers and lives it was especially a treat to read.
Swanson keeps you guessing about the crimes from the beginning and although she gives hints throughout, the big reveal still offers much surprise.
Although this is the 19th book in a series that I haven't read any of the other 20 odd books in (there are some .5's), I didn't feel like I was missing as much as I though. This book can be read as a stand alone. Although some of the relationships will fill less developed, more than enough information is provided about the town of Scumble River and it's occupants to make you feel engaged and like you're just another concerned resident of a small town with a high crime rate.
I rate this book an 8 out of 10. A quick and easy read. A good way to end 2016. (I did finish it today but I only had 40 pages left so it didn't really feel like the first book on 2017)