Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Report & Giveaway: Trouble in Store, by Carol Cox

And...it was a good week here on the book reading home front. It was especially fun to check out another historical romantic suspense writer --the genre in which I write. Carol Cox is known for throwing in some fun intrigue along with her romance and she delivered once again.

Hero: I'm all for the troubled hero, but Caleb isn't troubled--except by the fact Melanie shows up on his storefront insisting she's 1/2 owner. That would ruffle some feathers. And ruffle it does! I think it was quirky and fun for Ms. Cox to have Caleb attempting to play matchmaker for Melanie and get her married off so his life could go back to normal. Great tension!

Heroine: Melanie is plucky and proper. I found her a little bit hard to relate to because she was so ...prim and decisive. But then, I've never been accused of being prim and proper, so perhaps the problem was not Melanie's ;). It was engaging to read a heroine who wasn't the headstrong, charge into, devil-may-care, daring and adventurous sort. While she has tads of those traits, Melanie is more dependent and precise than haphazard and wayfaring. Loved that! Refreshing to take a journey away from the a-typical heroine in a historical that defies propriety.

Plot: Can I just say I love Bethany House for allowing an author to include a dead body in their book!? I know it's sometimes edged away from, especially in historicals, but I loved it! It amped up the suspense when you include a murder and while I had a sneaking suspicion of who the villain was, it wasn't clear until they were revealed.

All in all Trouble in Store is a fabtabulous read. Worth every penny and definitely one you'll revisit again. 

But visit it for the first time here! Enter to win a copy of Trouble in Store! Let me know how YOU feel about a murder in a historical setting ... like or dislike?

And the winner of last week's Trouble at the Fair,by Deeanne Gist is ABOUTPROXIMITY! Congrats!

16 comments:

  1. Great review. Definitely made me want to read it. How do I feel about a murder in a historical setting? Well, murder in any setting is probably not a good thing. ;-) But, I can see where it would help to add another layer of mysterious in this type of setting. So, it could be good. :-) (rhonda(dot)ritenour(at)gmail(dot)com)

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    1. True, no murder is probably preferable ... in real life. ;)

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  2. Sounds like a great book! :) I definately am adding to my TBR pile! Can't wait to read! :)

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    1. On your TBR pile for sure! THis book is very enjoyable!

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  3. I think murder could fit in a historical setting - or most any other genre. Like the storyline of this book - thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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    1. Thx for coming by to enter. I agree with your observation too. It adds an element of suspense! :)

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  5. It was the old west, right! So, of course, there had to be a murder scene. Look forward to reading this book by Carol Cox! It is on my summer to read list! :D

    Linda Oritz
    strgth4yu(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Thanks so much for this lovely review, Jaime! I truly appreciate it!

    By the way, I wanted to let you and your readers know about a fabulous giveaway Bethany House is doing to celebrate the release of Trouble in Store!

    It's the Mercantile Mystery Sweepstakes, and every one of the prizes was inspired by the book. I could try to describe them here, but you really have to see them for yourself!

    You can find all the details at the following link on my Facebook page. And if you don't have an account there, no worries! Even though it's hosted on Facebook, a Facebook is NOT required to enter! Have fun!!

    https://www.facebook.com/carol.cox/app_340844892643734

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    1. OH!! WAY COOL!!! THanks for stopping by, Carol and letting us know about this sweepstakes! (heading over to enter now) :)

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  7. I like it!! A little mystery never hurt anybody! :) I can't wait to read this book!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  8. I love history and murder mysteries. Mixed together sounds great to me.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  9. I enjoyed your review of Trouble in Store. It sounds like an interesting book. I like murder mysteries, so am not bothered by dead bodies.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  10. I enjoy mysteries with a little mayhem, so a historical novel with a murder now and then is part of the adventure.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  11. I love to read historical murder mysteries, unless..... The author tries to put modern methods of detection into the story long before they were actually invented and/or used.

    This is one book I'd really like to read! I have been reading reviews etc. and it sounds right up my alley.

    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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