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.
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