Publisher: Carina Press
Date published: January 7th, 2013
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Jen Hanby loves her job as a barista, but she has several secrets. Like the fact the homeless man she gives day-old baked goods and free coffee to is her father. Oh, and that her itching left hand gives her messages that are always correct. Not to mention that her boyfriend is cheating on her. But when her hated step-sister turns up dead her life really starts to get complicated.
I really loved this story. It falls somewhere between sweet romance and cozy mystery and has the very best features of both. There are loveable, entertaining and engaging characters, a murder to solve, a wealth of fascinating secondary characters and situations, and some great laugh-out-loud moments as well as a few scary ones. All of which make the book a wonderful page turner.
Jen is smart, complicated, funny, realistic and many layered. Her best friends Mallory and Beth are great foils for her and the three together are a good blending of characteristics. There are a number of possibilities for the bad guy and the actual villain is guessable, but not a give-away which I really appreciated.
And Jen’s love life is looking good at the end of the book, to make romantics happy. All in all, a great story, well worth reading. I couldn’t put it down even though it was well past my bedtime.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.