Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review: Survival Can Be Deadly: A Discount Detective Mystery by Charlotte Stuart (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Survival Can Be Deadly: A Discount Detective
by Charlotte Stuart

About Survival Can Be Deadly 

Survival Can Be Deadly: A Discount Detective Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Walrus Publishing (September 10, 2019)
An imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group
Paperback: 308 pages
ISBN-10: 1940442265
ISBN-13: 978-1940442266
Digital ASIN: B07Q8TKP7T

When single mom and recent widow Cameron Chandler takes a much-needed job at Penny-wise Investigations, a detective agency conveniently located in a suburban shopping mall, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Her first case is to locate a runaway girl, something her predecessor had been pursuing before he disappeared. Following in his footsteps, the trail leads to a survivalist camp on a remote island in northern Puget Sound. Armed with only a Swiss Army Knife and her quirky on-the-job training as a suburban sleuth, Cameron uncovers more than she bargained for. She soon finds herself in a fight for her own survival in this lighthearted mystery set in Seattle and the San Juan Islands to the north.
My Review

Widow Cameron Chandler needs a job and she needs one now. She’s a single mom with two children and a mother who keeps pushing her to remarry instead of going to work. When she sees a detective agency in a local mall advertising for help, she figures she has nothing to lose even if she has no detective experience. Not a problem because they are willing to train and she’s hired right away.

Her first case is a runaway teenager. This case was originally being handled by Cameron’s predecessor but he disappeared and it’s now in Cameron’s hands. The investigation lands Cameron on an island which houses a survivalist camp. Cameron sets out to find the young woman and see what she got herself involved in. It doesn’t take long for Cameron to realize the camp isn’t what she thought at all. Now it’s a race to escape without losing her own life.

This is a unique story filled with mystery, a touch of romance, adventure and quite a bit of humor. The author introduces a quirky cast of characters and their dialogue fits the story perfectly.

The author did a great job of keeping me at the edge-of-my-seat. It’s well written and fast-paced.  It had me laughing, gasping in horror, and guessing what was going on until the end. I hope there will be another book soon.  This is a nice start to a series and reminded me quite a bit of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

For reading challenges:
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2020
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2020 (Washington)
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Charlotte Stuart

In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart, PhD, has taught college courses in communication, gone commercial fishing in Alaska, and was the VP of HR and Training for a large credit union. Her current passion is for writing lighthearted mysteries with a pinch of adventure and a dollop of humor. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys watching herons, eagles, seals and other sea life from her Vashon Island home office.

Author Links

Website: www.charlottestuart.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/quirkymysteries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlotte.stuart.mysterywriter

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19305587.Charlotte_Stuart

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