Chick lit, Mystery

From Beer to Eternity (Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery #1) by Sherry Harris

I was surprised by how much I liked this story. This cozy mystery starts off innocuously enough but peppered with witty commentary of everything that exists in the town.

Chloe is in Florida to fulfil a promise to a friend, although she is unsure of what that exactly entails. This last part becomes more precise when a man is found dead outside the bar she works at. The slow detective process then begins with a painstaking investigation into the doings of everyone involved. The descriptive voice continued to entertain throughout the book, which had me completing it in two sittings (it would have been one if I had not started reading it at eleven at night). I did not guess the ending of the mystery plot, although the end of the book itself I saw coming. Neither of these things bothered me, and I liked the experience of meeting Chloe and the people around her.

The main thing that struck me as out of place was the number of times we are told about Chloe’s brothers and what growing up with them meant. While enjoying the narrative pace and intonation of a book, it is hard to come across something that many times. There were a few more repetitive mentions which might not exist in the next instalment. They did taper down the further into the book we went. I look forward to seeing what Chloe does next.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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