Chick lit, Mystery

#FollowMe for Murder (Trending Topic Mysteries, #1) by Sarah E. Burr

This falls under the category of lighter cozy mysteries. We have a young, good looking and self-made woman who finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation when it occurs in her client’s shop.
Coco is an enterprising woman. She has found a niche that I would have otherwise poo-poohed if not for the presentation here. For a job that adds frills to the presentation of other companies/organizations, her work ethic is shown as streamlined and effective. She has ideas, and she ensures that they are implemented. More than the mystery part of the narrative, I think it was this presentation of the surrounding lifestyle that helped me read this in a few short sittings.
Coco is trying to boost one part of her job. Her client is a couple who want to start a fancy store with unique items, and Coco is helping them get it off the ground. The wife tends to lose control and go manic, while the husband is a foil to her mood swings. At this point, I must admit that they later tell us that she is undergoing fertility sessions which obviously would have impacted her moods. Although this nugget is dropped, the author continues to treat her as a crazy person with bad mood swings without connecting the two, which left a sour taste in my mouth.
The mystery itself begins in a straightforward manner. The investigators are local, as is Coco, and she has to help wrap things up so that her clients can have the grand opening they want.
I guessed the culprit quite early on, and I would comment on why the others in the storyline didn’t, but that would give away a lot more than I want to. On the positive side, the relationship between Coco and her boyfriend was quite unique (even with the jealousy angle rearing up one too many times). She wants him to propose, mostly because it is the thing to happen, but what he does or doesn’t do fits in with the plotline.
Overall, I might read the next book in the series before making up my mind. I am giving this one three stars out of five with hopes of reading the next.
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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