Publisher: BerkleyPublished: February 7, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
From the first time Emmy Adler flew a kite she knew she’d found her most favorite thing to do. And now, in Rock Point, Oregon, she’s living her dream. She’s opened up a kite shop called Strings Attached where she’s designed a number of the kites for sale. As a child her family visited Rock Point and along the way she met her best friend, Avery. She’s now living in Avery’s family home and life is good. While a small town, Rock Point has several nice amenities including a stellar restaurant, a quaint B&B and a beach to enjoy all sort of outdoors activities, including kite flying. Unfortunately there is also the matter of a dead body she stumbles on shortly after her shop opens. Even worse, it turns out to be Avery’s former boyfriend, Miles. In short order the local sheriff has his sights on Avery as suspect No. 1. What kind of friend would Emmy be if she didn’t try to find the real killer before Avery is railroaded into prison?
BLOWN AWAY is Clover Tate’s debut cozy mystery and it is off to a great start. As someone who grew up with kites as part of my summer entertainment, as well as enjoying the various designs we now have available to us today when I pass the Marina Green in San Francisco, a series based around them is going to be such fun.
Tate introduces readers to a super group of characters starting with Emmy. At 30-something she’s dealing with a helicopter mom—and the main reason she felt the need to move from Portland to Rock Point. I’m sure many of us can relate to loving our parent…but needing a little breathing space now and then to live our own lives. Tate also provides readers with a nice cross-section of townsfolk of various ages and jobs that make for a nice mix. I wasn’t so sure about Stella at first, but shortly really started to like the character. Tate’s introduction of Jack Sullivan into the mix was a nice touch.
Another fun touch is Emmy’s dad playing Nixon in his Watergate re-enactment group a tie in to that era’s crime.
Hopefully another entry in this series will be coming soon.