Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review ~ Braking for Bodies (A Cycle Path Mystery, Book 2) by Duffy Brown

About Braking for Bodies:

It’s murder and a mystery weekend on Mackinac Island for the rag reporter, his mistress and the wife who wants them both dead.

No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac from LA, but when he winds up dead things are looking bad for Evie’s BFF who once worked for the jerk. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend and find a killer.

Book Details:

Series: A Cycle Path Mystery (Book 2)

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Berkley

Publish Date: April 5, 2016

ISBN-10: 0425268950

ISBN-13: 978-0425268957

Amazon Link:


My Review of Book 1, Geared for the Grave:

My Review of Braking for Bodies:

Welcome back to Duffy Brown's mystery series set on Mackinac Island (http://www.mackinacisland.org/).  This time, Evie is settled in and the issues from Book 1 are merely memories.  The Lilac Festival is upon the island, bringing multitudes of people from all over.  Nate Sutter's mother is also trying to plan her wedding.

Evie, being Maid of Honor, has the task of retrieving the wedding dress from one of the ferries coming to shore.  As the tourists disembark, a particularly nasty tourist confronts one of Evie's friends.  The ado causing so much of a stir that Evie doesn't notice the wrong name on the package she signs for - and thus begins the story of Braking for Bodies.

The tourist causing the ruckus is the former boss of Fiona, Evie's best friend. Claiming Fiona owes him, Perry comes to the island to hide out - but from whom and why?  When he winds up dead, it is time for Evie to dust off her detective's cap and figure out how to prevent her friend from being framed for a murder she didn't commit.

As I did with book 1, I instantly fell in love with the characters; they were written so well. Evie is wonderful protagonist. She puts herself in potentially dangerous situations, leading some of the townsfolk to aid and abet, others to consider her nothing but trouble, and the frustration she causes the interim-Chief-of-Police, Nate Sutter - case-wise and personally - is fantastic.  That frustration is very evident yet again in Breaking for Bodies, and the chemistry between Evie and Nate?  Totally palpable.

Evie is a very likable character. Even though she comes from a stuffy family of lawyers, Evie is pretty down-to-earth. She's friendly, helpful, and you can tell that she truly loves the people around her and the crazy lifestyle on the island. Her talent in painting the bicycles in the shop she co-owns with Rudy gives their rental store a unique advantage over other bicycle rental places on the island.

Fiona grew up on Mackinac Island but left to pursue her dream to become a reporter.  Fiona has only been back on the island for about a year, after a stint in L.A. working for sleazy magazine called Inside Scoop.  Fiona is a great side kick to Evie, even when Fiona is the possible suspect.  She's funny and manages to sidestep the law while she and Evie try to figure out what's going on.

Nate Sutter - oh, hot cop - is a former Detroit cop.  He is now part of the island's local law enforcement team. All Nate wants for his mother's wedding to go off without a hitch;  he doesn't plan on another murder and the mayhem that follows.  And then there's Evie - She's been a thorn in his side from day one - and I love their chemistry!

I thoroughly enjoyed the craziness of the townies and the way the plot twists all over the place. There are so many people that are brought in, developed, suspected, and then discarded that you will have no problem staying engaged in Braking for Bodies. I had a hard time putting the book down.

I've read all three of Duffy's released Consignment Shop Mysteries, as well. She always provides great reads!!

I received a paperback ARC of Braking for Bodies from the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating:


Duffy Brown said...

Thanks tons for the amazing review of BFB!! So glad you had fun with Evie, Nate, Irish Donna and the Mackinac Island gang.

Sapphyria said...

You're very welcome! I enjoy this series and can't wait for Book 3 :)

My Recent Favorite Books said...

Great review! I'm looking forward to reading this book!

Sapphyria said...

Thanks! You'll love it!