Friday, March 1, 2013

I.O. Book Tours: First Chapter Review of Tangled to Death by J. M. Griffin

Tangled to Death by J. M Griffin is a cozy mystery where the main character is an artist who teaches Zentangle art from her New Hampshire studio.

BLURB:  Danger lurks at every turn for Katie Greer.

Having escaped death in the past, Katie Greer has taken residence in a New Hampshire town where life appears idyllic, but is far from it. Teaching tangled doodling classes in her art studio allows Katie to reach out to people who require a semblance of peace and tranquility in their lives. If only she could maintain those two things for herself, Katie would be completely happy.

After finding the dead body of the town’s infamous, and most mean spirited, gossip frozen on the bench outside her Tangled Wings Studio, Katie realizes her efforts to hide her true identity and live a normal life are for naught. As the prime suspect of ruggedly handsome Detective Jonah Kilbride, Katie searches for the killer in order to prove her own innocence. Much to her dismay, Katie’s attraction for the relentless detective steadily grows, despite their continuous battles.

Past events threaten Katie at every turn, catching her unaware, and creating havoc in a life she’s desperately tried to establish in the town where she’d briefly found happiness. Can she survive or will she become the next victim on the killer’s list?

COVER: The color scheme on this one is different, but I like it. The cover captures not only the type of  artwork Katie teaches, but depicts the type of pet she owns. The blue adds just the right amount of contrasting color.

FIRST CHAPTER: Katie wakes from a dream shaking and dripping with sweat. After a quick shower, she starts her day. Snow had fallen the night before, which meant she had to shovel a path out to get her newspaper. That's when she discovers a body frozen on the bench outside her studio. Detective Jonah Kilbride shows up to investigate, and he's got several questions for her.

KEEP READING: I'm eager to continue with this one. Griffin quickly creates an atmosphere of something sinister in an idyllic town. Definitely not anything new in the mystery genre. But we have the unique work of Katie Greer and the discovery of the town's obnoxious busy-body frozen to death on a bench outside her studio. The addition of a ruggedly handsome detective means the reader will also be treated to a hint of romance while Katie works to find her killer.

Tangled to Death captured me from the first page. Griffin drops the reader right into the action and keeps the pace steady. By limiting the characters to only three humans and an almost black cat, the reader can focus on the events unfolding in the beautifully described setting. In addition, the first person narrative connects the reader to Katie quickly. I hope I get a chance to finish this one sooner rather than later.

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480270830
ISBN-13: 978-1480270831
Also available for Kindle.

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With her books sold worldwide, J.M. Griffin is one of today's popular women sleuth’s authors.

J.M. is known best for her Vinnie Esposito series. The series, set in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the USA, is brought to life by a colorful cast of characters. Every novel has a blend of humor, mystery, and romance. J.M.'s latest novel in the series, Cold Moon Dead, is the fourth in the Esposito series.

Stepping away from Rhode Island's scenery, J.M. set Faerie Cake Dead on the coast of Maine. Filled with humor, faeries, sweet cupcakes, murder and a yummy hero, the villain is someone you’ll least expect.

J.M.'s release, Murder on Spyglass Lane, takes place on the west coast of Florida in the Sarasota area. This cozy mystery has a unique and hilarious blend of characters, a sexy hero, and a psychic heroine.

Tangled to Death was a mystery inspired by J.M.’s favorite art style, Zentangle. She set the story in New Hampshire with an unexpected corpse in the first scene. Wit and fun fill the pages of this novel.

J.M., her husband, and two wacky cats reside in a countryside village in western Rhode Island, where life is anything but mundane.


I received a free copy of this book through Innovative Online Book Tours. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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