"A Genuine Fix" By J.C. Kenney: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review and links to purchase it.

Having fled to New York City as soon as she finished high school, Allie Cobb never dreamed that she would find living back in her hometown of Rushing Creek, Indiana, so satisfying. It’s a nearly perfect life, and after taking over her late father’s literary agency, Allie now has an apartment she adores, a best-selling novel on her client list, and surrounded by friends and family. Love is also in the air, with Allie’s long distance relationship with Brent Richardson working out surprisingly well, while her own brother is marrying her best friend Sloane. Assigned to chair the committee that oversees the construction of a park being built to honor the fathers of both Allie and Sloane, Allie is the one who discovers a mis-delivered truckload of mulch on the site. Far worse is that underneath the dirt is the body of Georgie Alonso, the man who once stood her up and humiliated her at their high school senior prom.

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While hostility from high school shouldn’t rank high on the list of motives for murder, in a town of just over 3000 reputations last forever and pressure from the mayor calls for an immediate arrest of the culprit. As gossip spreads implicating her in Georgie’s death, Allie fears the harm a scandal could do to the burgeoning Cobb Literary Agency. Disregarding warnings from her police chief ex-brother-in-law, Allie doesn’t hesitate to conduct her own investigation as she break-and-enters, questions suspects, and fills in her Keep-Allie-Out-of-Jail notebook with suspects, alibis, and motives. Already considered a bit unique due to the cat she walks on a leash and recently have lived in the Big City, Allie’s minor celebrity status as a murder solver again places her in the limelight as she delves into local politics and discovers that nearly everyone she thought she knew well has been hiding secrets.

Allie impulsively – at times recklessly – acts to save the legacy built by her father. While Allie believes that a lifetime of being bullied by other children has made the natural introvert reluctant to trust or be vulnerable, now that she’s back home she has surrounded herself with a loyal group of friends. Her default to distrust and be suspicious does aid her when she queries those with reason to have wanted Georgie dead, as he was a man who cost jobs for some and financial damaged others. Readers will relate to Allie and her siblings’ concern about their widowed mother, and their bond is only strengthened through their worries. Allie herself is a literary agent aspiring writers would adore; she’s loyal, supportive, and always advocating on their behalf. These descriptions of the writing business, along with fun wedding planning details, ensure for mystery that is as entertaining as it is suspenseful.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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