Thursday, November 26, 2015

Book Review: Lost Under a Ladder (Superstition Mystery, Book #1) by Linda O. Johnston


About the Book:

Is it luck or is it . . . Destiny?

Are superstitions real? Rory Chasen doesn't think so—until her beloved fiancé walks under a ladder and is killed by a car five minutes later. Needing closure, Rory takes her dog Pluckie to a town called Destiny, where superstitions are a way of life.

Rory's visit to Destiny takes an unexpected turn when Pluckie saves the life of Martha, the owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique. To show her gratitude, Martha offers Rory a job at the pet store. But when Martha becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the local bookshop owner, Rory refuses to believe that she would do it. Rory is convinced the real killer still roams Destiny's streets, and she must uncover the truth before Martha is hauled off to jail.

Book Details:

Kindle File Size: 1844 KB
Print Length: 336 pages
Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (October 1, 2014)
Publication Date: October 1, 2014
ASIN: B00NJ2U6AK

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My Review:

Lost Under a Ladder is a different type of cozy mystery. The entire story is based in the California town of Destiny where the town thrives on its beliefs in superstition. All of the stores and restaurants have names reflecting different superstitions or good luck charms. The main character, Rory Chasen, is directed there by her best friend Gemma, a librarian, after Rory's fiancé is killed in a way that could be construed as superstitious. It seems that a resident of Destiny has written a book all about the believability of all things superstitious and Rory hopes to learn more about the activity that killed her fiancé.

What Rory doesn't count on is helping to save a life - actually it's her dog Plucky - when she finds local shopkeeper, Martha, on the floor of her pet store storage room. Rory, who manages a site in a large pet store chain, is then convinced to run the shop temporarily while Martha heals. It is during this incident that she meets the Chief of Police, Justin Halberson,

When the shopkeeper next door is found, again by Plucky, dead in a method found in his very own book, and Martha is the prime suspect, Rory knows she can't leave Destiny until the real killer is found. As she attempts to make sense of the murder, Rory has put herself in grave danger - danger that finds her dog being stolen and Rory being forced to confront a situation eerily like the one that killed her fiancé.

Will she find out who's responsible before it's too late?

Rory is a strongly written character. She comes to a strange town to try and get closure of her fiancé's death and jumps right in to help out an ailing resident. Rory's background in running a pet store works to her advantage and she soon finds that the town of Destiny and it's quirky inhabitants have begun to grow on her. We meet an eclectic assortment of characters - some who truly believe in superstitions, others who don't want to rock the boat (and don't voice their skepticism), and those who are true skeptics.

Lost Under a Ladder is a pretty interesting first book in Linda O. Johnson's new Superstition Mystery series. The characters are likable and written with emotion and depth. The mystery is engaging and the author tosses in a few red herrings to help disguise the true suspect(s). If you're looking for an easy read, look no further. I had fun reading book one and plan to continue reading the series.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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