Review by Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite: (5 Stars)
In Tax Cut (Jersey Shore Mystery Series) by Michele Lynn Seigfried, readers once again join Chelsey Alton in another adventure. I did not read the first book and did not know there was one until after finishing this book. Tax Cut is really a good book that stands alone on its own merits. Chelsey starts a new job as the Municipal Clerk in Coral Beach along the New Jersey shore. She quickly finds out that there are a lot of bad people and wrong things going on. Chelsey tries to fix the wrongs and uncover the evils, but in doing so, she is forced to deal with the mob and not so honest politicians. There are also a lot of good things in her life: her two-year-old daughter Mandy, her parents (who are always available to take care of baby Mandy), Bonnie her friend (always ready to help track down a lead), Nero, the man who drives her crazy, Babs, a town resident suffering from dementia but knowing lots of town secrets, and finally Bryce and Kris, the love interests.
Tax Cut has everything – suspense, murder, romance. Michele Lynn Seigfried has written a story that will make you laugh, make you worry, make you want to find out the conclusion as quickly as you can. If you are a fan of the Stephanie Plum books, you will like the Chelsey Alton, Jersey Shore Mystery series even more. The characters are real and the story is fun yet suspenseful, all at the same time. I highly recommend this book and expect to see it rising quickly as a favorite series. Tax Cut will soon be the most talked about new book. Don’t miss out – read it today.
Review by Leslie Storey, Storeybook Reviews: (5 Stars)
LOVED this book! I hadn’t read the first book and if you have read my blog for any amount of time you know that I MUST read the books in order in a series, if only to understand better the personal stories of the characters. Well I think this is probably the first book in a long time that I didn’t feel totally lost on the personal story. I felt like there was enough of the back story to catch me up enough to not feel lost.
That said….while I was reading the book, I was trying to figure out how this was a mystery. We knew that the council members (or at least a few of them) were corrupt and were being paid off or paying others off to get what they wanted done, or what the developers wanted done. Boy was I wrong! Not only was there a HUGE reveal, it was characters I didn’t expect to be “dirty”. I’m not going to say much more because I do not want to ruin the book for anyone. Needless to say I was quite shocked at the turn of events.
There are also some fun characters, like Mike Nero – a former classmate of Chelsey’s that has decided he is in love with her and is basically stalking her. There is Babs, the older lady that calls her and lets her know that the Tooth Fairy is running a cemetery in the land across from her house. And of course Bonnie who takes no prisoners and tells Chelsey she needs to let her kitten out…her sex kitten that is.
And with any good mystery there is a love romance. Chelsey is dating (or trying to date) Kris. They are both single parents so it can be hard actually getting to go on a date but they manage to make it work. However, there is someone else that comes into the picture that could make it interesting for Chelsey. He has said that if things don’t work out with Kris to let him know. I don’t want to say more and I’m definitely not giving you his name because that would ruin some of the book.
We give this book 5 paws and suggest you pick it up at your next change. Or enter to win a copy below! Oh and read the first book too, I know I need to go back and find Red Tape myself!
Review by Paula Ratcliffe, Community Bookstop: (5 Stars)
I really enjoyed the twists and turns this book took plus learning about the people in Chelsey’s life, it was great to have a single mom being a detective so to speak. I also loved her banter with her friend Bonnie and how she handled Mike Nero Chelsey’s stalker who seems to think they are destined to be together. Can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next!
Review by Kate Eileen Shannon, Rantin’ Ravin’ and Reading (5 Stars)
Until was laid off in 2009, I too was a municipal employee with all my certifications (assessment). Thought I would retire from that. Oh well. Needless too say, I find this series a real hoot. And there was a lot to recognize for me. Michele kindly sent RED TAPE to all the reviewers while we were waiting for TAX CUT to be ready. I strongly advise you to read the series from the beginning. Not necessary but so much fun! What I like about Chelsey Alton is she reacts to murder much more like you or I would. After her first one, in RED TAPE, she takes a year off to have a minor nervous breakdown before we see her again in TAX CUT. Not like these Jessica Fletcher types who skip merrily from one murder to another! Of course, now that she has been through another one, I’m sure she will handily handle many more – or so I hope because this is a great new cozy series. And seeing the series is set in New Jersey, I am certain MS Seigfried won’t be running out of material anytime soon. This one is ♥♥♥♥♥
Review by Rosalee Richland, Darla King Series (5 Stars)
This is the second in the series, following RED TAPE. Filled with suspense, humor, friendships, TAX CUTS is fast paced. Well written and engaging, it was hard to put down. Chelsey is likable and responsible, even conservative and naive. Her friend Bonnie is quite the opposite. When Nero/Zero is added in, along with Babs and her crazy calls, well to say the characters are unique would be an understatement. The suspense is there and it’s not quite clear who’s running the show until the very end. Hopefully, there will be another one in the Jersey Shore Mysteries series soon.
Review by Yvonne Herring, Socrates’ Book Reviews: (5 Stars)
When single mom Chelsey Alton hears there is a job opening for a Municipal Clerk in Coral Beach, she quickly applies for the job. The council board members just as quickly vote to hire her, except for one, but the job is hers. Chelsey does have a few doubts about the job starting with the fact that the job is vacant because the previous Municipal Clerk is murdered. However, she puts that aside and delves into the job.
Chelsey learns there is an Administrative Assistant job opened as well after the previous assistant unceremoniously walked out. She recommends her friend Bonnie for the job and she gets hired too.
It doesn’t take long before Chelsey realizes something strange is going on in the town of Coral Beach from mysterious fires, murders, angry residents, mobsters and nasty board members. Determined to stay out of it, she finds just the opposite happens and she’s right in the middle of it.
What a great read this is! Each character was vividly portrayed. Chelsey is a strong heroine surrounded by a zany cast of characters. Her sidekick Bonnie keeps readers laughing. There are also stalkers, romantic interests and evil mobsters tossed into the mix. The story takes a million twists and turns and keeps you guessing to the end. I really enjoyed this well written mystery. Who knew being a Municipal Clerk could be so dangerous?
I haven’t read the first book, Red Tape, but it’s on my Kindle and I will definitely be reading it. Although Tax Cut is the second book, I felt it stood on its own. I didn’t feel lost as I read it, I jumped right in and I’m glad I did.
Review by Rhonda, Readalot Blog: (4 Stars)
Good mystery. Fun Characters, Good plot twists. Well told story that keeps your attention. Also a clean read. I was always trying to figure out who or what was going on. It unfolded the mystery a little at a time. Chelsey Alton heard through a friend that a job in her field was open because the last one was murdered.
Chelsey decided to go back to work because of the job opening. As a Municipal Clerk for Coral Beach. It was close enough to commute to work and her parents could babysit her daughter. Chelsey’s finds a letter from the previous clerk that say’s if he is dead it was his bosses fault.
Chelsey is a single mom of a two year old. She is excited to date a guy she met at New Year’s Eve party. He is a single father too. Her first day on the job she meets a guy who starts stalking her. A Senior citizen that has memory problems calls complaining about too many birds, tooth fairy, dead bodies. Her bosses are not that friendly. Maybe the mob is involved with the clerk’s death.
Also the previous secretary had quit before she came to work so she told her friend Bonnie about the job who she worked with before about it. Bonnie is married to a Doctor but she likes to look and flirt with other guys. Bonnie is funny and likeable.
The setting is on a island in New Jersey. The pacing is good and unfolds the story at a steady pace. I think I would have reported her stalker right away when he would not take a no. I would like to back and read the first book Red Tape in the series and see how it all unfolded too. I would read another book in the series. There is drama, action, romance and lots of humor in Tax Cut.
Melina Mason, Melina’s Book Blog (4 Stars)
Well, let me just say the Michele made municipal government interesting. This book had a lot of action and kept my attention. The only thing I didn’t like about the character Chelsey was that being a single mom, she tended to dump her daughter on her parents too much, I realize she was investigating a murder, but still, I guess she did have a lot going on, including a “stalker”. This book was not only action packed, it made me laugh out loud sometimes. Great job Michele.