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Woodson Falls: A Gaby Quinn Mystery #1 #2 by Andrea O’Connor

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I am always game to try new cozy mystery series. I find the variety interesting, and it is usually an adventure (for me) of some sort. However, this series was different in a whole new way. It has promise, and the leading lady is very diligent at her job.
Gaby Quinn is an estate lawyer. This job gives her access to a deceased person’s information, everything that even the closest person to them would not have been aware of. This premise is not something I have come across in earlier mystery series and is a ‘mystery’ in the loosest sense. The character passes under strange circumstances but of natural causes. Gaby then begins painstaking research into his life, and during the process, her old life might be throwing a shadow. But, in the process, she uncovers something – which only happens towards the end.
As I mentioned earlier, it has good promise and a lot of attention to detail. It is not easy to care about the ‘case’ details, but I liked the end result of all of it put together. It is also a short read, and I would recommend it to anyone on the lookout for something in this genre.

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As a second in the series, this book remains faithful to the formula of the first. Gaby Quinn – local lawyer and frequent restaurant enthusiast, is given a brand new case to handle. This time as well, the case begins with a man found dead of natural causes but there seem to be many unanswered questions about his life. We see her work her way methodically through her client’s documents and piece together her understanding of his life and the people he associated with.
It is (once again) a straightforward narrative with only hints being dropped for future books about her late husband and the reasons for the attack that left her widowed. This case was more obvious in its conclusion than in the first one, but it does not take away from the fact that Gaby is an industrious and likeable lead protagonist and being a short read, it works well as a package.

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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