"Neighbors to Die For" By Linda Lovely: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Kyless Kane is a retired Coast Guard officer and consultant for a local security firm that specializes in working for Home Owners Associations. 

She’s in a truly boring meeting about the proper color of mulch when shots are heard outside the building. She herds the board members into the bathroom for their protection, over their protests. Overhead a door crashes open and the sound of heavy boots running through the building add to the stressful situation. Luckily, it’s the police and the department’s SWAT team, not an active shooter. Unfortunately, Carrie was so frightened, she’s in the midst of a heart attack and is rushed to the hospital.

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A couple of days later, she and Ted, her boss, and his son, Grant, are enjoying a day on the water when Grant spots a group of people stranded on an island. It seems they were on a tour and stopped to gather shells. The captain promised to return in half an hour and never showed, leaving them stranded overnight. In checking the island, Kylee and Ted find the tour boat, but no one is on board. There’s no sign of foul play but seven people are missing. 

The acting sheriff is someone Kylee dated for a brief spell. He didn’t take it well when that ended. A right-wing group called Neuter1 takes credit for the kidnapping and demands a separate ransom for each couple to be paid by the Home Owner’s Association they belonged to. To solve the crime before the kidnapper’s deadline, Ted and Kylee will have to chase clues without the sheriff finding out. Will they be in time? 

I like Kylee. She knows what she’s doing, is levelheaded in a crisis, and fun to be around when off duty. Her mother, Myrtle, is one of a kind. Since this takes place at Thanksgiving time, Myrtle is determined to feed everyone until they can’t walk—and then will offer pie. The premise is a fresh one, the mystery good, and there’s a satisfying ending. This is book two in the series, and I’m sorry I missed book one but at least it proves you can jump in anywhere and still enjoy the company without missing anything vital. I look forward to more of Kylee’s adventures.  

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. There's starting to be a lot of guards with Coast Guard people in them.

  2. Neighbors to Die For by Linda Lovely sounds like a wonderful cozy mystery. HOAs are often a pain!

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  3. Thanks so much, Sandy! I love that you connected with the second HOA Mystery without reading the first installment. Really appreciate the enthusiastic review.

  4. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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