Once Upon a Crime – Review

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Once Upon A Crime - WEBOnce Upon a Crime
Romantic Suspense
Published by Wings ePress (September 1, 2014)
E-Book File Size: 509 KB
Print Length: 265 pages
ASIN: B00N8AIEWU
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Synopsis:

Love isn’t always a fairy tale…and Charlotte Ross has kissed her share of frogs, but that’s all behind her. Fleeing her life for a short break, Charlotte, along with her best friend Jane Marshall, find themselves at her aunt’s home in the sleepy town of Raven’s Caw, Michigan. Charlotte hopes to recover from another breakup with her fiancé, and her friend Jane, a new mystery writer, is looking forward to somewhere relaxing. But life has different plans for the two friends and they find themselves swept up in a whirlwind of romance, mystery and murder.

Sparks fly between Jane and Charlotte’s attractive, Machiavellian cousin, Kenny. But is the attraction too good to be true or just a diversion from a mystery that has piqued her interest? Charlotte is pulled along on this roller-coaster of emotion when she meets up with her first love, as she and Jane discover links between a murder that happened twelve years earlier and a recent crime. Risking their lives and hearts, the friends race against the past in an effort to solve the crimes before one of them becomes the next victim.

My Review:

Once Upon a Crime reads more like a romance novel for the first 20% of the book–that’s when the mystery is introduced.  It is told in third person, but from two different points of view – Charlotte and her friend Jane.  There were times I felt like screaming at Jane, “Don’t get involved with Kenny! He’s bad news!” But at the same time, I wanted them to get together. It’s like Jane’s own thoughts were in my head!  I could see myself being friends with someone like Jane.  So, what does that tell me?  It says the author’s characters were very real!  A great job on the author’s part. Besides the main characters, I loved their quirky friends and Kenny’s mom is hoot as well. I was surprised at the turn of events, and can’t say I saw it coming.

A solid book that made me want to keep reading more! 4 stars!
10-18-2009 12;14;24PM

From the  Author:

I’ve been an aspiring author since high school when I wrote short stories to amuse family members. I began my first novel while attending college later in life, and while working in the offices of a major soft drink company. Even though my job, my home, and my family always took precedence, I continued to attend writing classes and work on my novels. Now, after taking early retirement, I finally have the chance to do what I love best; write full-time. While I enjoy playing the piano, being an organic gardener, and an amateur Lapidary, writing has always been my passion. I was a former member of the Agatha Christie Society and am currently a member of Sisters in Crime. I write mysteries with light romance and a little humor. My husband and I live in a suburb of Chicago along with our Black Lab/Pit Bull, Bailey.

Author Links:

Web: http://evelyncullet.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3425303.Evelyn_Cullet

Purchase Links:
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10 thoughts on “Once Upon a Crime – Review

  1. Thanks for the lovely review, Michele Lynn. I’m glad you liked Jane. She’s a somewhat complex character. While she puts on a brave outward appearance, she has a mild inferiority complex. And unlike her friend Charlotte, who takes matters of the heart seriously, Jane falls in love too easily.

  2. Great reading and I loved the review! I enjoyed these characters, along with the story.

  3. Excellent Review, and well written. And Congrats, Evelyn!

    Madeline

  4. You can’t beat a book with Charlotte, who keeps the action going and the suspense high. Loved the page turner. Kept me in my chair with hot chocolate for hours. Thanks.

  5. I loved the book and I loved the review. Well deserved!

  6. Thanks Ladies. I appreciate your support.

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