Friday, April 8, 2011

KILLER ON A HOT TIN ROOF by Livia Washburn

Publisher: Kensington
Date published: December 2010
ISBN: 978-0758225702
Cozy Mystery
Reviewed by Gina
Obtained Via library

Delilah Dickinson is off on another literary tour. This time it’s off to New Orleans and the Tennessee Williams festival along with the local university literature professors. If it hadn’t had been for her steady date, Will, also a professor at the university she would not have landed this plum excursion. Or is it?

Okay, so the rather loud disputes…er…discussions between the various professors at the airport is kind of part of the course. After all, they all know each other and are passionate about the subject matter at hand, right? And the last two attendees who are running a tad late? That’s to be expected, right? That someone will show up just before you’re supposed to board? And everyone knows Tennessee Williams wrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, right? There’s no reason for Delilah to stumble over a dead body, either, right?

I love Ms. Washburn’s voice in these series. Normally I’m not a fan of first person, but most cozy mysteries are written in first person so there’s really not much choice. Ms. Washburn brings a marvellous southern charm to the genre and Delilah is just plain ole marvellous. She has great perspectives and her curiosity is presented in such a way you want to be by her side as she ventures into her latest mystery. Ms Washburn chooses what are either some favourite locales of mine or places I dearly want to visit. Through Delilah’s eyes each venue comes alive to where you feel like you are there with her. There’s a part of me that wishes she were a real person with a real travel agency so I could partake of her tours. This is the third book of the series and in looking ahead I don’t see any indication it will be continuing. That is sad because it is such a fun one to read.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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