Tuesday, June 11, 2013

INDIE BOOK REVIEW: 'Death by Broken Heart' is cute Michigan mystery



I like reading anything by Michigan authors – especially stories that are set in my home state.

‘Death by Broken Heart’ by Candy Ann Little is no exception.

The story is about Bailey Rhodes, a private investigator that spends her time running away from her problems instead of towards a solution.

Bailey is returning to her home in Grand Ledge, Mich., where she runs into her old high school boyfriend and stumbles on a murder the very first night she’s back in town.

‘Death by Broken Heart’ has a lot of folksy charm – but Bailey is a character with so many hard edges, she’s really difficult to like. Bailey is provocative and flies off the handle for the slightest transgression – whether real or imagined.

Despite that, there is something about Bailey that is interesting – so you continue to read.

As an author, Little is pretty solid. She does a good job with her descriptions – even if she does tend to overwrite. In essence, she goes overboard a lot of the time.

In one sentence she writes “as red as a Traverse City cherry.” It’s suppose to be a small town witticism – but it becomes grating. Little is a solid author. She doesn’t have to push it. The sooner she realizes it, the better.

There isn’t a lot to the central mystery – and the ending is left up in the air. It’s the characters at the center of ‘Death by Broken Heart’ that are the key to its success.

I actually think the book would have been better if it was a little longer. As it is, Bailey seems to be at the right place at the right time right from the start -- and it gives the story a contrived feeling. Still, that's a small complaint. 

‘Death by Broken Heart’ is available for .99 on Amazon.

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