Entitled To Kill (St. Marin’s Cozy Mystery #2)
by A.C.F. Bookens
My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
Mother-daughter bonding time shouldn’t involve running from a big tractor.
When Harvey Beckett stumbles upon the body of the community’s most reviled dairy farmer, she, her friends, and her parents are launched into an investigation that reveals a family secret that wasn’t really that secret after all. Soon, Harvey’s curiosity lands her and her mother in a heap of danger that may mark the end of her sleuthing
Can Harvey help find the murderer and protect the victim’s family before the murderer finds her?
I was in the mood for a comforting and cozy read, so I decided to pick up this book. It turned out to be exactly the type of read I was in the mood for. Even after one book this series already feels so comfortable and familiar to return to. I enjoyed spending time with Harvey and her friends. And visiting Harevy’s bookstore again.
Entitled to Kill has plenty of daily life scenes, cozy scenes, great side characters and ofcourse a mystery. Just like in book 1 the mystery wasn’t my favorite part of the book, but that’s mostly because I just really enjoy the daily life scenes. The mystery was an interesting one with the lack of suspects. It kept me guessing for a bit, but I wasn’t fully engaged with it. I managed to guess the culprit correctly as I felt a few hints were kinda obvious. The motive did surprise me as I hadn’t figured that part out. I didn’t really care for how Harvey promises not to do any sleuthing and then still did it. I would rather she owns it and isn’t going to promise anything or actually keeps her promise. The way she initially got involved felt a bit forced, but it did make for a good reason to get her involved.
There’s just something so fun and comforting about the series. I also like how it feels quite realistic at times. Harvey gets tired or overwhelmed, the emotions make sense and even the stress and joy of running your own business felt spot on. One thing that did bother me was how a few things get wrapped up a bit too nicely with a positive twist at the end, I wouldn’t have minded that some relationships remain strained or some characters never will be close. On the other hand it is fun to see the development in some relationships like how Harvey is now friends with someone who was a suspect in book 1.
I find Harvey a likable character. I like how her curiosity gets her involved in the mystery, but how she usually is smart about it and keeps her friends updated. I like her blossoming romance with Daniel, it’s very sweet and I like how it progresses throughout the books. Harvey has a great group of friends around her and we see plenty more of her friends as well. The dogs are also fun to read about and I like how they are in a lot of scenes, even though they don’t always claim the spotlight.
To summarize: I really enjoyed this book. I liked the cozy and comforting feel of this series so far. It’s so fun returning to this town and spending time with Harvey and at her bookstore while she solves another mystery. The mystery was interesting enough, although I feel like I enjoy the daily life scenes even more. The mystery kept me guessing at first, but I managed to guess the culprit correctly. I like Harvey and how her personality traits get her involved in the mystery. There is a great group of side characters around Harvey and it’s fun to read about them. I am looking forward to reading the next book!
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