Genre: Cozy mystery
Setting: Modern day Oakwood, Ohio
***I received an eARC copy of The Antique House Murders from Random House Publishing Group – Alibi via NetGalley.***
Review: A cute and fun cozy mystery, but this one suffered a bit from the antics of your typical cozy heroine.
The Antique House Murders by Leslie Nagel is the second book in The Oakwood Mystery Series. While the first book in the series, The Book Club Murders, focused more on reading and murder mysteries, this mystery focuses on antiques and old homes. I have to say that I enjoyed The Book Club Murders more than this entry.
Our main character, Charlotte “Charley” Carpenter, is engaging enough. She’s tough, she runs a vintage clothing store, and she’s smart and capable. But, while in the first book, she stays away from the stereotypical cozy mystery heroine antics like investigating an abandoned home alone at night, and refusing to ask for help or discuss clues with law enforcement; here she falls into that behavior. And it was frustrating for me, as actions like this are why I tend to get irritated with cozy mysteries.
I also had a problem with the male lead, Marcus “Marc” Trenault, who happens to be a detective. He and Charley are now in a relationship, and while I loved them together in book one, here Marc was very irritating and controlling. I was disappointed in his behavior here, and was hoping Charley would stand up for herself!
There was one person who stole the show for me, and that is Dmitri St James, Charley’s best friend. Yes, his leather pants make another appearance here, and he’s got a big scene at the end that had me grinning from ear to ear. I just really like him, and his sister, Vanni, arrives in this book, and I hope she sticks around for future installments in this series, as she was great fun.
In terms of the mystery, I guessed who the murderer was right away, but I did enjoy all the different red herrings and plots that came up. I know it sounds like I really disliked this book, and that’s not true. I enjoyed it; it was fun; but it did suffer from the “classic cozy heroine” escapades that come with the genre. I do enjoy reading cozy mysteries, but I do get frustrated with many of the situations our leading ladies end up in, and this one was no exception.
Bottom Line: Enjoyable, but falls prey to typical cozy mystery antics.
Links to The Antique House Murders:
And links to The Book Club Murders, the first book in The Oakwood Mystery Series:
Does this sound like a fun series? Have you read The Book Club Murders?