Monday, November 4, 2013

ARC Review: Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden

Title:  Malicious Mischief
Author:  Marianne Harden
Publisher/Publication Date: Entangled Select, October 22, 2013
Format/Source: E-ARC, Publisher

Goodreads Book Summary

Is it strange to have the unemployment office on speed dial? Not for twenty-four-year-old college dropout Rylie Keyes. Her current job at a small retirement home is worlds more important than all her past gigs, though: if she loses this one, she won’t be able to stop the forced sale of her and her grandfather’s home, a house that has been in the family for ages. But keeping her job means figuring out the truth about a senior citizen who was found murdered while in her care. Explain that one, Miss Keyes.  Read More

My Thoughts
In Malicious Mischief by Marianne Harden we are introduced to Rylie. Rylie finds herself in an accident while she is in the process of transporting the trash from the Fountain of Youth Retirement Home. But the accident is the least of her problems. She finds herself at the center of a murder investigation and she wants to try her hand as an amateur sleuth to dig herself out of her current predicament.
When I first saw the cover and read the synopsis, I thought that this would be a fun mystery to read. Although the premise was great and it started out on a humorous note, the pacing became slow as I read further on into the story.
The character development was lacking. A host of characters were introduced. Some of them had more depth than others. The characters were diverse, but I didn’t like the stereotypical characterizations/stereotypes found throughout the book.
Overall, I did not enjoy the book and would not personally recommend it to others.
Rating 1/5 stars
I received an E-ARC of Malicious Mischief from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, thank you.

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