Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Blog Tour: Unlucky Charms by Linda O. Johnston (Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #3 (A Superstition Mystery)
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: October 8, 2016
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745558

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Rory Chasen, manager of the Lucky Dog Boutique in Destiny, California, hopes her new line of good-luck doggy toys will be a hit, especially the stuffed rabbits with extra-large feet. The timing of the line’s debut proves ill-fated, though, as several local shops—including Rory’s—are ransacked and vandalized with spilled salt and other unlucky charms.

The most likely culprit is disgruntled real estate agent Flora Curtival, whose issues with the town give her a motive. But after Flora is murdered and one of Rory’s toy rabbits is found with the body, Rory needs all the luck she can get while trying to determine just who killed the superstitious vandal.

My Review

I always love visiting Destiny, California. What could be more fun than a town with shops based on different superstitions? Rory Chasen’s shop, the Lucky Dog Boutique, is really special since it caters to good luck dog toys.

 Rory is about to release a brand new line of items when someone breaks into several of the shops, including Rory’s and steals her new line of toys. The really odd thing about all the break-ins is that the lucky charms are all replaced with unlucky charms. Someone is obviously out to put some kind of curse on Destiny and bring bad luck.

Meanwhile, a very pushy real estate agent, Flora Curtival, is putting pressure on Rory and her friend Gemma to buy a home in Destiny. They try to avoid her but it’s not easy. When Flora admits to being the local vandal, she threatens everyone in town and singles out Rory. It’s not long after that Flora is found dead and there’s a whole town of suspects with Rory leading the way.

Rory, and her dog Pluckie, are a great team. With each book I feel like I know her more and more. In fact, I feel as if I know the entire town more and more as it continues to grow and develop.  The town is made up of quite a few quirky characters – some are beloved, some not so much but still intriguing to read about.

The author gives us a fast-paced mystery that readers can easily follow along and try to solve. Although it's not an easy mystery to crack - readers are given quite a few red herrings.  They all seemed guilty to me.

 It’s a captivating series that makes you want to keep coming back for more.

For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2016
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2016

FTC Disclosure: The author and NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year.   Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne.  She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.
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  1. This sounds so fun. And you make it sound even more fun! On my list it goes!

  2. Great series. Looking forward to reading "Unlucky Charms".

  3. This sounds like a fun cozy book and series! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I will add it to my blog's sidebar, which is filling up with terrific new book giveaways!

  4. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.


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