Stormi Nelson, best-selling romance author, moved into her huge Victorian house in the private community of Oak Meadows Estates. When her agent tells her that her characters are becoming too cardboard and that she needs to get out and mingle with people, she comes up with the idea of a Neighborhood Watch Program. The only problem is … she’s the only member.
On her first night of patrol, she stumbles over a dead body, meets a hunky detective, who happens to be her neighbor and clearly frustrated with her, and her mother, sister, niece and nephew arrive to shake up Stormi’s peaceful life. As she is immersed ever deeper into the mystery surrounding a neighbor’s murder, she decides to change writing tactics and write a romantic mystery based on her experiences. What follows is a frolicking good time as Stormi finds herself the nosiest neighbor of them all. Can she find the killer before she becomes the next victim?
Author: Cynthia Hickey
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2014)
Series: A Nosy Neighbor Mystery (#1)
We have Stormi Nelson, a popular romance writer who decides to become a mystery writer after tripping over a dead body, but here’s the thing, Stormi doesn’t know it was a dead body claiming it was dark, yet, she had a flashlight with her. She thinks solving the crime would help her accomplish being a mystery writer.
I did not like the author’s style of writing and I did not feel any connection with any of the characters. Mama Nelson was annoying and Stormie should have spent time putting her foot down for her uninvited mother and sister instead of tearing up like a little girl over everything.
Matt and Stormi had no chemistry. Matt spent the majority of the story kissing and halfheartedly threatening Stormie to stay away from the so-call on-going investigation. Some detective he claimed to be! As for Miss Wanna Be Detective, she spent the majority of the story telling us how hot Matt looks without a shirt and making assumptions instead of following through like a thorough detective. Like when the fool saw the blood and thought the Edgars killed Rusty. Even I knew they didn’t kill the poor thing.
Every character in this book was annoying and not to mention superficial. No one even cared about the deceased victims.
Stormi is not only a nosy neighbor but a dimwitted nosy fool who jumps to conclusions quicker than you can say ‘dead body’. Also, she was juvenile-like and it irritated me a lot. Good mystery; obnoxious characters. Another thing that irked me was the fact that Cherokee became Cheyenne towards the near end and no one picked up on the sudden name change.
I think I’ll skip on the other volumes in this series.
“I’m perfectly serious. Another body would most likely give us clues. Don’t you watch Castle or Criminal Minds? They always shake things up with another murder.” (Chapter 6; Page 44)
I do like both shows, but I rate Criminal Minds above Castle.
Born Evil by Adrian Havill. Diving into some true crime!