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Book Review: A Shattering Crime by Jennifer McAndrews


As this series comes to an end it does so without a lot of fanfare, but there is a possibility that it may be revived, but doesn't end on a cliffhanging note.

After months of planning, Tony Himmel's project of a new marina is near completion and the groundbreaking ceremony for a shopping promenade is underway.

Bored with the festivities, Georgia Kelly goes into the reception tent and asks local baker, Rozelle, if she needs any help in setting up the refreshments. She's thankful for Georgia's help, since her employee, Nicole isn't following her directions.

Georgia can barely hear the speeches outside, but soon a protest erupts and organizer David Rayburn collapses. Later it's revealed that he was poisoned by one of Rozelle's Danishes.

Over at Georgia's house (which she shares with her grandfather Pete) the two are awaiting the arrival of her mother and her new husband, Ben. This is her mother's fourth marriage and she's not really excited to get to know Ben.

The newlywed's try to dictate Georgia's life by telling her what she should be doing with her life and offer her suggestions on where to move. At thirty-two, Georgia thinks she has a say in what to do with her life and even though she's working three jobs, her real passion is working with stained glass and she's made a little money off of her creations.

When Rozelle disappears, Pete asks her to try and find her since everyone knows that she wouldn't hurt, or murder, someone for that matter. Now Georgia knew that Rozelle has a little crush on Pete, but she didn't know that the feeling was mutual.

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In a first (that I know of) in a crimozy, Georgia's cat, Friday, goes into heat and causes chaos in the household. Since she's never had a pet, Georgia's a little clueless when it comes to the cycle of cats.

The series itself has been good, but in this final installment, I couldn't figure out who the killer was and this is pretty much a mystery since not too much is going on throughout the book. It's more of a look at small town life.

However, it's still a fast read and the characters are fun. If the series had continued, it would have been good to have gotten to know Diana Davis better. She would have been a breakout character and with anger issues, I'm sure she would have gotten herself into some sticky situations as a detective in training.

If you, yourself, have stress issues, I wouldn't recommend the series since Georgia works on some small projects that require a lot of concentration and I don't know how McAndrews was able to write the intricate details of Georgia's patience.

Even I was sweating.

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