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Riley Ellison, quirky young library assistant in hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, is asked to write an obituary for childhood best friend Jordan James. A paranoid reporter convinces her the death is murder. He leads her down a dangerous path to organized crime, secret lovers, and suspicious taco trucks.


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Riley Ellison, quirky young library assistant in hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia, is asked to write an obituary for childhood best friend Jordan James. A paranoid reporter convinces her the death is murder. He leads her down a dangerous path to organized crime, secret lovers, and suspicious taco trucks.

30 review for The Good Byline

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Here is a book that makes you start looking for the release date of book #2. Riley is a fun character who is relatable and easy to connect with. I wasn't even trying to figure out the mystery of the story; instead, it was more enjoyable to read along and get lost in the smart and witty writing. Such an impressive debut. Ready to see Riley return! Here is a book that makes you start looking for the release date of book #2. Riley is a fun character who is relatable and easy to connect with. I wasn't even trying to figure out the mystery of the story; instead, it was more enjoyable to read along and get lost in the smart and witty writing. Such an impressive debut. Ready to see Riley return!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    What a fun, quirky, mystery! This was exactly what I needed to comfort me during these uncertain times. Riley is a library assistant who has a fascination with obituaries. When Riley's best friend, Jordan, dies her parents ask her to write the obituary. The one snag is that Riley thinks there's something fishy surrounding the circumstances of Jordan's death. In addition to playing detective, Riley has been dumped by her high school sweetheart and decides to give online dating a try. Hilarity ens What a fun, quirky, mystery! This was exactly what I needed to comfort me during these uncertain times. Riley is a library assistant who has a fascination with obituaries. When Riley's best friend, Jordan, dies her parents ask her to write the obituary. The one snag is that Riley thinks there's something fishy surrounding the circumstances of Jordan's death. In addition to playing detective, Riley has been dumped by her high school sweetheart and decides to give online dating a try. Hilarity ensues! I can't wait to give this to all my girlfriends for their beach vacations

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I normally don't read "mystery-lite"-type books, but after hearing the author speak I decided to give this one a try. I'm glad I did. It was a great weekend read--would be perfect on a beach or a plane (well assuming your seat mates didn't mind hearing the occasional burst of laughter). I laughed a lot. And I enjoyed the mystery, which reminded me a bit of something out of Murder She Wrote in terms of the amount of actual danger our heroine is in. I also loved all the library humor. Go figure! T I normally don't read "mystery-lite"-type books, but after hearing the author speak I decided to give this one a try. I'm glad I did. It was a great weekend read--would be perfect on a beach or a plane (well assuming your seat mates didn't mind hearing the occasional burst of laughter). I laughed a lot. And I enjoyed the mystery, which reminded me a bit of something out of Murder She Wrote in terms of the amount of actual danger our heroine is in. I also loved all the library humor. Go figure! This read will appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum novels and Elaine Viets' dead-end-job series. I'm glad I don't have to wait long for the next book in the series to come out!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Rowe

    I picked up an early release copy of this book, and it was such a fun ride! Riley is the 20-something protagonist in whom we can all recall a bit of ourselves: young, newly single, and ambivalent about her future. When she decides to reconnect with an old best friend, only to learn that she died the day before, Riley goes on a mission to uncover the truth of what really happened. Full of laughs, quirky characters, suspense, and a little love triangle (and who doesn't love a good love triangle!?) I picked up an early release copy of this book, and it was such a fun ride! Riley is the 20-something protagonist in whom we can all recall a bit of ourselves: young, newly single, and ambivalent about her future. When she decides to reconnect with an old best friend, only to learn that she died the day before, Riley goes on a mission to uncover the truth of what really happened. Full of laughs, quirky characters, suspense, and a little love triangle (and who doesn't love a good love triangle!?), this was a truly entertaining page turner that picks up momentum with each chapter. Not a book to be missed!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bertha

    Jill Orr's first novel "The Good Byline" was a great read. The book flowed from beginning to end. The only negative I have (and it's a very small one) is that I got tired of the obituary history. The book was quick read. I'm hoping Ms. Orr continues the series because I can't wait to see what kind of trouble Riley and Holman get into and I'm also rooting for Riley to get together with Ajay. Jill Orr's first novel "The Good Byline" was a great read. The book flowed from beginning to end. The only negative I have (and it's a very small one) is that I got tired of the obituary history. The book was quick read. I'm hoping Ms. Orr continues the series because I can't wait to see what kind of trouble Riley and Holman get into and I'm also rooting for Riley to get together with Ajay.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Frasher

    Guys, I read an adult book! GO ME! A funny mystery that had me literally laughing out loud at points, as well as drawing me into the story. I was trying to solve the mystery the whole time. Riley is a great protagonist. I can't wait to read future books in this series! Guys, I read an adult book! GO ME! A funny mystery that had me literally laughing out loud at points, as well as drawing me into the story. I was trying to solve the mystery the whole time. Riley is a great protagonist. I can't wait to read future books in this series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ericka N.Blackwell

    Ugh - the great deception! So this author thinks she wrote a book centered on a young woman - but she didn't! The main character is a meeting, whiny man-dependent waste. My greatest frustration was that at every possible opportunity to step up, be brave, grow up the author wrapped this young woman around a man, man's ideas, theories, feelings. She NEVER came to realize her own sanity to have a coherent thought. Right up until the very end. She's no Jessica Fletcher. Would I want to read another - Ugh - the great deception! So this author thinks she wrote a book centered on a young woman - but she didn't! The main character is a meeting, whiny man-dependent waste. My greatest frustration was that at every possible opportunity to step up, be brave, grow up the author wrapped this young woman around a man, man's ideas, theories, feelings. She NEVER came to realize her own sanity to have a coherent thought. Right up until the very end. She's no Jessica Fletcher. Would I want to read another - if it's free, maybe. I'm curious about Holman, Jay and Dr. H. This author made the male characters more interesting and endearing. The damn dog has more conviction than the main female character.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan Krich

    This is another Goodreads book that kept me up late until I finished it. From the lightheartedness of the first page, I knew I would enjoy it. The three legged races and the library book sale, which my library still has and at the same prices for the books, were all familiar scenes to me. Besides the smiles there is plenty of action as you keep guessing who the bad guys are. The asides from Click.com were very funny and sort of true. I especially liked the last 2 pages. I hope there will be more Rile This is another Goodreads book that kept me up late until I finished it. From the lightheartedness of the first page, I knew I would enjoy it. The three legged races and the library book sale, which my library still has and at the same prices for the books, were all familiar scenes to me. Besides the smiles there is plenty of action as you keep guessing who the bad guys are. The asides from Click.com were very funny and sort of true. I especially liked the last 2 pages. I hope there will be more Riley Ellison Mysteries.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a fun, quick read with tons of humor and a side of suspense. Since I'm horrible at plot synopsis, I'll simply say the small-town charms on display here remind me of Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap. Any well-written book that finds a way to creatively insert library scenes gets bonus points from me. I'll be ready to revisit Tuttle Corner, Virginia, and Riley "Bless-Her-Heart" Ellison if there's ever a sequel. This was a fun, quick read with tons of humor and a side of suspense. Since I'm horrible at plot synopsis, I'll simply say the small-town charms on display here remind me of Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap. Any well-written book that finds a way to creatively insert library scenes gets bonus points from me. I'll be ready to revisit Tuttle Corner, Virginia, and Riley "Bless-Her-Heart" Ellison if there's ever a sequel.

  10. 4 out of 5

    vanessa

    DNF page 200. I thought this was quirky and fun, but it did not hold my attention. I liked that the main character worked in a library and wanted to be a reporter, but I had troubles dispelling my annoyance for typical tropes present in cozy mysteries. I think this genre is just not for me: three romantic choices in the picture, bad things happening and yet everyone is clueless, and ridiculous situations the main character is placed in. I tried, though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Full disclosure-- I'm the book's editor. And I chose this book for a reason. It's one of the most fun mysteries I've read in a very long time. Cleverly plotted, funny, engaging characters.... a highly entertaining read! Full disclosure-- I'm the book's editor. And I chose this book for a reason. It's one of the most fun mysteries I've read in a very long time. Cleverly plotted, funny, engaging characters.... a highly entertaining read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    What a fun read! Loved it from being to end. Riley is a relatable character that you can not help but love. Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Crittermom

    Who knew that writing the obituary of an estranged friend could change your life - and lead you to uncover murder?  Since Riley’s fiancé left her to find himself, she has done little other than go to her job at the local library.  Chance leads her to try reconnecting with a former friend - Jordan.  Riley is shocked when Jordan's mother tells her that Jordan passed away the night before and it looks like suicide.  That doesn't mesh with Riley’s memories of Jordan, so when Jordan's mother asks her Who knew that writing the obituary of an estranged friend could change your life - and lead you to uncover murder?  Since Riley’s fiancé left her to find himself, she has done little other than go to her job at the local library.  Chance leads her to try reconnecting with a former friend - Jordan.  Riley is shocked when Jordan's mother tells her that Jordan passed away the night before and it looks like suicide.  That doesn't mesh with Riley’s memories of Jordan, so when Jordan's mother asks her to write Jordan's obituary Riley starts looking into what Jordan was doing at the time of her death. There is nothing like trying to solve a possible murder to crack open your shell and encourage you to meet new people.  The Good Byline has quite a few memorable characters including Riley's handsome love interest Ajay (who just might be involved), Will Holman, the geeky and extremely literal investigative reporter, and Ryan her loser of an ex who would like to get back together despite the fact that he is about to become a father.  The Good Byline has all of the elements that make for a good cozy (including a great dog - Coltraine), including its unique “catch”.  Each chapter begins with a quote about obituaries and their impact.  Readers definitely won't look at the obituary page in quite the same way after reading The Good Byline.   Cute, funny and exciting, The Good Byline is a promising start to new series. 4 / 5 The Good Byline is available for preorder and will be released April 11, 2017. I received a copy of The Good Byline from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. --Crittermom

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Great book! Fun characters, good story line, and funny too!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    Riley Ellison and Jordan James used to be best friends. They even had a column in their high school newspaper, writing "obituaries" of over used phrases, unwise fashion trends, etc., inspired by Riley's grandfather, a famous obituary writer. Then life moved on. They graduated. Their friendship broke up over a guy, Ryan, who became Riley's long-term boyfriend and whom she expected to marry. Riley is 24, and works in the local library as a library assistant. Jordan is a reporter at the local newspa Riley Ellison and Jordan James used to be best friends. They even had a column in their high school newspaper, writing "obituaries" of over used phrases, unwise fashion trends, etc., inspired by Riley's grandfather, a famous obituary writer. Then life moved on. They graduated. Their friendship broke up over a guy, Ryan, who became Riley's long-term boyfriend and whom she expected to marry. Riley is 24, and works in the local library as a library assistant. Jordan is a reporter at the local newspaper, the Tuttle Times. Then Riley's grandfather commits suicide. Ryan breaks up with her and goes to Colorado, where he has a new girlfriend. The residents of Tuttle Corner feel affection for her, but also pity. She decides to rejoin life. She signs up for an online dating service, and tries to reconnect with Jordan. And thus she discovers that Jordan has just committed suicide. Except the suicide note doesn't sound anything like Jordan. It's not long before Riley, who never accepted that her grandfather really committed suicide, is investigating Jordan's unlikely suicide. What follows is a strange adventure for her. Ryan is back in town. She meets an interesting guy, AJ, through the dating service, even though their first date is a disaster. An investigative reporter at the Tuttle Times has his own questions about Jordan's death, and he and Riley team up--even though the reporter, Will Holman, is a very odd character himself. It turns out there's an awful lot going on in Tuttle Corner that Riley never suspected. Taco trucks aren't just selling tacos. Something is odd in the police department, and Jordan may have been looking into it. Someone is threatening the head librarian, trying to force him to accept bookmobile trucks that will be fully paid for by the donor, who is willing to be quite violent about it. AJ's background is murkier than he lets on, and he might be connected to the events leading to Jordan's death. There's a lot here that seems unlikely, but Riley and her friends are likable, and the story is fun and lively. Dog note: There is a dog, and no, the dog does not die. Not much substance, but it's fun. I bought this audiobook.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Despina Karras

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a cute mystery with fun characters, but there were a few things that brought it down to three stars for me. As likable as Riley was, she was also incredibly impressionable. She believed just about anything anyone told her. While we were supposed to think she had a mind of her own, her choices were based on (usually false) information from anyone that spoke to her last. Another thing that bothered me was that writing Jordan’s obituary was central to the story and something Riley cared deep It was a cute mystery with fun characters, but there were a few things that brought it down to three stars for me. As likable as Riley was, she was also incredibly impressionable. She believed just about anything anyone told her. While we were supposed to think she had a mind of her own, her choices were based on (usually false) information from anyone that spoke to her last. Another thing that bothered me was that writing Jordan’s obituary was central to the story and something Riley cared deeply about, yet we never got to read what she wrote. After reading so many of Riley’s own hypothetical obituaries and quotes about obituaries throughout the book, not knowing what she wrote about Jordan was a huge letdown.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yuckamashe

    This is a breath of fresh air! I needed a fun, easy read. I read this in one sitting. It was filled with charming characters and just enough mystery and intrigue. This is a good comparison to Janet Evanovich. Some series are too similar to her and feel like cheap copy cats. This series stands on its own. I will definitely read the next book in the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Dolan

    Romantic, funny, thrilling, perfect. Her voice is a refreshing blast of fresh air. I can't wait for more! Romantic, funny, thrilling, perfect. Her voice is a refreshing blast of fresh air. I can't wait for more!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shauna Henson

    This book was fantastic! It was funny, suspenseful, and so much more. I didn't want it to end. Can't wait for Jill Orr's next book. This book was fantastic! It was funny, suspenseful, and so much more. I didn't want it to end. Can't wait for Jill Orr's next book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Funny funny, with some cool weird science.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chris Conley

    Excellent start to what I hope is a long-lived series. Riley is a hoot and gave me several laugh-out-loud moments in what is a terrific mystery/romance.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Berman

    The Good ByLine is A light, quirky, funny mystery! Perfect for this time of year. I’ll go right to reading the second one! I’d like to hang out with Jill Orr!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    Star rating: 3 Stars Riley Ellison's life has hit the snooze button. After her boyfriend of 7 years dumps her to 'find himself' in Colorado, Riley is just managing to tread water hoping he'll change his mind and come back home. But after her childhood friend, Jordan James, commits suicide Riley's life is thrown into turmoil. When Jordan's mother asks Riley to write her obituary, Riley reluctantly accepts and is quickly confronted with a former colleague of Jordan's who is convinced that Jordan's Star rating: 3 Stars Riley Ellison's life has hit the snooze button. After her boyfriend of 7 years dumps her to 'find himself' in Colorado, Riley is just managing to tread water hoping he'll change his mind and come back home. But after her childhood friend, Jordan James, commits suicide Riley's life is thrown into turmoil. When Jordan's mother asks Riley to write her obituary, Riley reluctantly accepts and is quickly confronted with a former colleague of Jordan's who is convinced that Jordan's death wasn't a suicide. Is it possible that her former best friend didn't kill herself? With the help of Jordan's colleague Holman, Riley quickly finds herself in a whole mess of hot water. She just hopes she'll make it out to the other side before she ends up dead. This was a pretty good cozy mystery. It wasn't amazing... But it also wasn't terrible either. If I had to rate it on a scale of 1 - 10 (instead of the 1 - 5, like here on Goodreads), it would be a solid 5. Jill Orr's writing is well done and the characters are relatively well developed, but the story line drags heavily in areas which is a huge detriment to the novel. Then there's Riley herself. I almost quit reading this book because of her obsession with her ex-boyfriend Ryan. In the first 40% of the novel his name gets mentioned on almost every single page... Sometimes multiple times a page! It was incredibly irritating. The man left you and is obviously spending time with other women in Colorado but you continue to call and text him every day, telling him that you love him and miss him. It's time to put your big girl panties on and move on with your life. The obsessive behavior on her part is what really dropped this book down to 3 stars. It was exhausting and exasperating to read. I probably won't pick up the next book in this series, because I have other more interesting books to read instead.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    When I first heard about this book, I had the same thought you probably did. Obituaries? Why would anyone write about obits? Won't that be depressing? Well in a word-NO! I turns out that the viewpoint of the main character, Riley, and the author is that obits tell a story about the life of the person. They are beautiful reminders of all that the person shared. They are not about the death of the person. Certainly this book has convinced me of the truth in this premise. When Riley refuses to belie When I first heard about this book, I had the same thought you probably did. Obituaries? Why would anyone write about obits? Won't that be depressing? Well in a word-NO! I turns out that the viewpoint of the main character, Riley, and the author is that obits tell a story about the life of the person. They are beautiful reminders of all that the person shared. They are not about the death of the person. Certainly this book has convinced me of the truth in this premise. When Riley refuses to believe her friend's suicide was a suicide it was like a hint of her past. Her grandfather had died 5 years ago and his suicide was something she never accepted either. However, having no one to help her prove her theory, and everyone patting her saying the ubiquitous "Bless your heart" to her, she finally gave up. But this time it was different. Jordan was her friend and her age. Nothing about her actions fit with suicide. When asked by Jordan's mother to write her obituary, Riley takes on the task of figuring out Jordan's death as well. Combine this task with Riley's job and co-workers, her lack of love life and desire to change that by joining an online dating site, and her ex-boyfriend popping up, you have the elements for a funny, book with some tender feelings exchanged as well. In fact, it was laugh aloud funny in places! As I read into the wee hours of the morning to finish the book and get to the exciting conclusion, I realized that every page turn I was holding my breath in anticipation...and that is a sign of a GOOD book! You owe it to yourself to read this one and discover a debut talented author that we will be seeing more of in the future! Don't miss it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    James Weaver

    I was only about a quarter of the way through Jill Orr’s first Riley Ellison Mystery, The Good Byline, when I knew I was going to read the second…and the third when it comes out in June. The Good Byline introduces us to Riley Ellison, a library assistant in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia who is trying in vain to overcome the emotional valley she’s in from being dumped by her longtime ex. When she’s asked to write the obituary for her childhood best friend Jordan after her supposed suicid I was only about a quarter of the way through Jill Orr’s first Riley Ellison Mystery, The Good Byline, when I knew I was going to read the second…and the third when it comes out in June. The Good Byline introduces us to Riley Ellison, a library assistant in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, Virginia who is trying in vain to overcome the emotional valley she’s in from being dumped by her longtime ex. When she’s asked to write the obituary for her childhood best friend Jordan after her supposed suicide, the red flags fly. Though Riley hasn’t talked to Jordan in years, she knows something is amiss—the Jordan she knew would never do something like that. When a quirky reporter lets Riley know she’s not being paranoid, she’s thrown into a whirlwind of organized crime, suspicious taco trucks, a hilarious dating site, a hunky and mysterious man and all manners of chaos too numerous to be mentioned here. The Good Byline was just a really fun read that kept me up late for a couple of nights. It reminded me of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, but still unique. Jill Orr’s writing style is crisp, easy to read and keeps you turning the pages. The book is full of quirky characters that are well developed and relatable, and I loved the dating site interludes. Does it get a little convoluted toward the end and push the boundaries of believability as the plot lines are pulled together? Sure, and while it may cause you to slightly raise an eyebrow, it doesn’t stop you from turning the page and, most importantly, it doesn’t take away from what is a very well-written and enjoyable book. I look forward to the next installment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Debi

    This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Riley and her friend Jordan wrote obituaries for fun while in high school. Not the kind you find in the local news section of your newspaper, they wrote obits for failed hairstyles, last years fashion trends, etc. Now Jordan is dead, a supposed suicide. Riley doesn't believe it, but then, she never believed that her beloved grandfather's death was a suicide. Now she is assisting a eccentric reporter investigate Jordan's death. Riley works a This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers. Riley and her friend Jordan wrote obituaries for fun while in high school. Not the kind you find in the local news section of your newspaper, they wrote obits for failed hairstyles, last years fashion trends, etc. Now Jordan is dead, a supposed suicide. Riley doesn't believe it, but then, she never believed that her beloved grandfather's death was a suicide. Now she is assisting a eccentric reporter investigate Jordan's death. Riley works at the local library and is surrounded by people just like her, a bit eccentric, a bit.....off kilter.....a bit......strange. The characters are funny and, while it isn't really a page turner, I find myself picking it up again and again to see what 'silly' thing Riley will do next. From claiming she loves hot dogs, beer, and roller coasters on a blind date, then immediately throwing up after leaving a roller coaster ride with a stomach full of hot dogs and beer, to finding her boss at the library handcuffed to the sprinkler, this book defiantly keeps me smiling and rolling my eyes....and sometimes wanting to shout at Riley to 'just. shut. up!' The ending caught me off guard. #supriseending #didntseethatcoming.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Coleen

    Seriously funny. And while a murder is not something to laugh about, solving the mystery can involve some hilarious situations. And when it is a Librarian [ not really a librarian because she doesn't have a degree in library science], well, that makes for more humor. Yes, I laughed out loud reading parts of the book. I have to admit that I used to be somewhat of an habitual Obituary reader myself, so I didn't see anything quirky in that. Frequently, obituaries would name people I knew, or the dec Seriously funny. And while a murder is not something to laugh about, solving the mystery can involve some hilarious situations. And when it is a Librarian [ not really a librarian because she doesn't have a degree in library science], well, that makes for more humor. Yes, I laughed out loud reading parts of the book. I have to admit that I used to be somewhat of an habitual Obituary reader myself, so I didn't see anything quirky in that. Frequently, obituaries would name people I knew, or the deceased had relatives I knew, or they went to school or worked someplace I knew.... And Author Orr writes in a smooth easily read style, so the story moved right along. My only complaint might be that some of the action seemed a little contrived...Not that that is a bad thing, or that I haven't read contrived material before, but... I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and look forward to her next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christa Van

    Riley Ellison is 24, a library assistant in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, VA. Her grand plan was to marry her perfect boyfriend and live happily-ever after but instead, Ryan had a "mid 20's crisis" and left town. Now everyone feels sorry for Riley. She is still trying to get over the big breakup when one of her childhood friends commits suicide. The friend's mom asks Riley to writ the obituary, something her journalist grand-father was famous for doing. In fact, Riley is somewhat of an obit obs Riley Ellison is 24, a library assistant in her hometown of Tuttle Corner, VA. Her grand plan was to marry her perfect boyfriend and live happily-ever after but instead, Ryan had a "mid 20's crisis" and left town. Now everyone feels sorry for Riley. She is still trying to get over the big breakup when one of her childhood friends commits suicide. The friend's mom asks Riley to writ the obituary, something her journalist grand-father was famous for doing. In fact, Riley is somewhat of an obit obsessive herself. But when she starts researching for her assignment, she starts second guessing the suicide and thinks maybe her friend was murdered. Full of quirky characters, this book is a good beach read. The plot may be full of holes but Riley does her best to make you ignore them.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Viva

    2 stars = it was ok. Humor, romance and mystery are all great genres. I thought the author tried too hard to fit all 3 in when 2 might have been a better choice in this case. Especially humor is very hard to write and she tried a bit too hard to force it in. I got this book mainly for the mystery aspect of the book but this part was slow to develop - it read like a Life of Riley Ellison book until the latter half of the book. So thank goodness the author seemed to abandon the humor and the plot b 2 stars = it was ok. Humor, romance and mystery are all great genres. I thought the author tried too hard to fit all 3 in when 2 might have been a better choice in this case. Especially humor is very hard to write and she tried a bit too hard to force it in. I got this book mainly for the mystery aspect of the book but this part was slow to develop - it read like a Life of Riley Ellison book until the latter half of the book. So thank goodness the author seemed to abandon the humor and the plot became more of a romance mystery as the book progressed. However, I didn't feel the writing engaged me, it just lacked oomph. The characters weren't deep enough. This book is an ok lightweight cozy mystery and I'm sure plenty of people will like it that way just fine. I got this book as a free review copy. Edit: After writing my review I read the other reviews and I completely stand by mine despite the fact it's currently the only low ranked one out of a slew of 4 and 5 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Cummins

    Such a fun read! Blew through this in one sitting; I liked the characters, enjoyed the world she put together, and had fun following Riley's adventures and misadventures as she went about solving her first mystery. I also really loved the concept of obituary writing as an art form -- it reminded me of my days in journalism school and assignments to write "Life Stories" (we didn't call them obituaries at the Missourian). I wanted to shake our protagonist a couple of times, but mostly because she Such a fun read! Blew through this in one sitting; I liked the characters, enjoyed the world she put together, and had fun following Riley's adventures and misadventures as she went about solving her first mystery. I also really loved the concept of obituary writing as an art form -- it reminded me of my days in journalism school and assignments to write "Life Stories" (we didn't call them obituaries at the Missourian). I wanted to shake our protagonist a couple of times, but mostly because she was thinking/making decisions like the 24-year-old she was written to be, and I'm really looking forward to reading more of her adventures in the future.

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