Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio

First Line: The white suit was a bad idea.

Amy-Faye Johnson's life in Heaven, Colorado, is...well... pretty heavenly. Her event planning business is booming. Her friends and fellow members of the Readaholics book club are great, and the parents she loves so dearly live only a few blocks away. But clouds are appearing on her horizon.

Amy-Faye agrees to plan a wedding without knowing that the groom is the ex-boyfriend she still pines for. But the absolute worst is when one of her fellow Readaholics dies very suddenly and very mysteriously.

Ivy's death is ruled suicide by poison, but Amy-Faye and the others in the book club don't buy it. Following the example of one of her favorite literary sleuths, Amy-Faye and her friends do a bit of their own investigating and discover that Ivy was hiding some very dangerous secrets. Can Amy-Faye close the book on this case before the killer can put an end to her snooping?

I've just found a new cozy series to enjoy. Although DiSilverio's first Readaholics mystery could have used a bit of tightening, I just kept finding more and more things about this book to make me smile. 

Amy-Faye is just the sort of protagonist cozy mystery readers love. She's smart and funny and loyal-- and of course, she's not above a bit of snooping when she feels justice isn't being done. She's going to have to take care, however, or her sleuthing will have a detrimental effect on her event planning business.

I'm not one to appreciate toxic parents. When it comes to the mysteries I read, I'd much prefer that-- if the parents are too obnoxious to live-- they be neither seen nor heard. I'm thrilled to report that although our heroine's are quirky, Mom and Dad are delightfully so (especially Amy-Faye's mother, the retired librarian-turned-book-reviewer), and I'll be happy to visit with them any time.

Amy-Faye's also got a first-rate group of friends who all have varying backgrounds, talents, and personalities. This certainly bodes well for the future of the series, and I look forward to learning more about each of them as each book is released.

And how about that mystery, you ask? It's a good one with a very well-disguised villain. I do like to be kept guessing! Unfortunately I don't enjoy being kept waiting, which is what I must do until the next time the Readaholics book club meets.

The Readaholics and the Falcon Fiasco by Laura DiSilverio
ISBN: 9780451470836
Obsidian © 2015
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages

Cozy Mystery, #1 Readaholics mystery
Rating: B+
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen.



  1. Oh, this does sound like fun, Cathy. And you gotta love the book club theme! Interesting that there are those two streams for possible plots, too: the event planning and the club. Lots of potential there.

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    1. I am sustained by the length of my reading list. ;-)


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