Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Die Buying - 1st in the Mall Cop Mystery series
Author: Laura DiSilverio
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: August 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy/Romantic Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Vernoville VA
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Laura's Website/Blog: www.lauradisilverio.com
Not too long ago E.J. (Emma Joy) patrolled the streets of Kabul. Now, thanks to an IED blast, she’s patrolling the halls of the Fernglen Mall on a Segway. Being a "mall cop" is only temporary until some police force, any police force, is willing to accept her. Leg injury and all.
But the excitement picks up at the mall one day; someone freed the reptiles from the Herpetology Hut. A couple dozen(ish) lizards, iguanas, snakes, and turtles are lolling somewhere around the mall. Sorry to say that’s not the only excitement happening at the moment. A dead body is discovered in the window display of Diamante’s. That of a land developer. The cherry on top is that one car a day is getting tagged with religious verses and the security cameras aren’t picking up the activity.
And she thought being a mall cop was mundane. Well, maybe she’ll wish it was…
The detective in charge of the murders is on top of things. He’s not appreciative of "ordinary citizens" interference/help. When he closes the case far too soon for E.J.’s comfort she redoubles her efforts to bring justice to all perps involved. Justice needs to prevail. People can’t get away with murder! It’s just not as easy as she would like it to be.
With her retired-from-the-CIA Grandpa Atherton (who is a hoot) willing to jump in and help as needed (oh boy!) and her best friend Kyra to bounce scenarios off of, she really should have a better handle on these crimes. Hmm, are they separate or are they in any way connected? There’s only one way to find out. Dig deep.
This is a promising debut to a new series; with a contemporary feel, the slightest bit of edginess to it, and lots of action. I enjoyed the interaction between the ensemble cast and E.J.; the ruffling of feathers, frustration, and the friendly rapport. The setting at the mall is unique and fun. Lots of potential for mysterious happenings there.
What will be interesting to see what Grandpa Atherton will be up to next and if the teeniest bit of sexual tension, possibly building, between E.J. and mystery cookie man, Jay and/or Detective Anders Helland will expand in book two.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
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