Saturday, October 21, 2017


Publisher:     Berkley
Published:     July 4, 2017
ISBN:        978-0451477774
Genre:      Historical Mystery, Paranormal Mystery
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Life couldn’t be better for Deveraux Sinclair.  Her Dime Store is doing a solid business, she and her father, Kern, are getting closure, her gran is feeling better and she had to suitors vying for her hand.

Okay, the business with the two suitors does get a bit overwhelming, but only because they are both pressing to be her one and only.  Things have become a bit hectic with one of those suitors, Jake Del Vecchio, opening up a PI business just upstairs from Dev’s shop.  And it isn’t long before his business opens he has his first client.

Elliott Winston has big plans to open up a wild animal park—a refuge for older, disabled rescue animals from zoos and circuses.  He feels passionate enough about this that he is willing to expend his entire trust fund to make it happen.  His wife, Gabrielle, however, is not at all support of his choice.  He becomes Jake’s first client when Gabrielle goes missing.  Dev is thrilled when Jake asks her to take part in the investigation.  They both have a feeling they’re missing something…the question is what…

I always start a new read by checking out the author’s acknowledgements and any notes, i.e., historical notes, that they include.  It often adds to the story for me when I have a glimpse into where the author is coming from.  One of the things I like about Swanson’s books is she takes on some of life’s difficult or unpleasant subjects without being preachy or overwhelming about it.  In her latest Deveraux’s Dime Store series, LIONS AND TIGERS AND MURDER, OH MY, she takes on what happens to big game animals when they are old or injured.  Not so much as to what happens with them, but that there are people out there willing to put their all into protecting them. 
In her acknowledgements she draws attention to ending the love triangle between Dev, Jake and Noah….kudos to her for addressing the fact that it was time to end it.  Let’s just hope it stays ended.  While there was some ruminating about “who do I choose, who do I choose” it wasn’t as bad as in some cozies.
LIONS AND TIGERS AND MURDER, OH MY is a slightly different cozy in a refreshing way.  Most of the story is trying to find the missing Gabrielle.  Swanson gives Jake and Gabrielle some terrific detecting scenes that kept me absorbed from beginning to end.  I kind of had a feeling how things were going to end up and it turned out I was right, but really enjoyed reading how Swanson got Dev and Jake there. 
I think this is the best and definitely my most favorite of the series.


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


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