I have read and reviewed the previous book of the series on this blog.
I am in the minority here, as compared to other reviewers on Goodreads. The overall crowd like this instalment better than the first. I, on the other hand, feel the first set a standard this did not quite meet up.
In the last book, we were introduced to our leading lady who is now living with her large extended family and dealing with everything that includes. Athena is settling into her new roles when her sister is made suspect number one for murder. It is the flimsiest connection that holds the two together. Athena sets off to clear her sister’s name with the man who barged into her life (initiating the ensuing chaos), and she(Athena) now has feelings for. The plotline is well done, and I never saw the ending coming ( or I did, then convinced myself that that was not really possible). The writing is still smooth, and the narrative voice is hugely entertaining. I wanted more of Oscar the racoon or the random banter between the family members. They were the highlights of the book and eclipsing Athena’s detective skills and the dangers she was undertaking.
I am still not convinced of the lead couple in this series although I am willing to wait and see what happens. I was more intrigued by the secondary couple, which Athena took too long to confirm! I still wanted more of the anonymous blog, although I am not sure what turns it will take since there are a lot of relationship changes towards the end. I would suggest reading this for the fun characters and witty banter and given the way things ended, I wonder what will happen next with everyone involved.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers. The review is entirely based on my own reading experience with this and the previous instalment of the series.