Friday, November 2, 2012
First Chapter Review: Death by Bourbon (A Josiah Reynolds Mystery) by Abigail Keam
The first chapter of the murder mystery, Death by Bourbon, was submitted by author Abigail Keam.
COVER: Perfect. The cover of the fourth book in the series is consistent with the previous books. Each cover ties into the setting, the main character, and the plot. Well done.
FIRST CHAPTER: Wealthy Doreen Doris Mayfield DeWitt hires a woman to seduce her playboy husband so she'll have evidence of his adulterous ways and be able to divorce him without paying him a dime. When things don't go as planned, Doreen realizes there are times when you must take matters into your own hands.
KEEP READING: Oh yeah. I can't say I left this short chapter liking Doreen or Lacey, the woman who is supposed to get the goods on that cheating louse of a husband, Addison, but between the banter, the descriptive style of the author, and the cliffhanger, I was hooked. A nice touch was the mention of Doreen's purchase of a ring supposedly owned by Lucrezia Borgia, the ruthless illegitimate daughter of Rodrigo Borgia, whose rumored history includes allegations of incest, poisoning, and murder.
My one tiny criticism, and it is a small one, is that the dialogue didn't always flow smoothly because Addison's name is repeated so often during the women's conversation. This definitely wouldn't keep me from reading, however. I want to see how the story unfolds.
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Worker Bee Press (September 1, 2012)
SRP: $15.00 (Also available for Kindle)
I received the first chapter of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.