Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Sporting Murder by Lesley A. Diehl Book review and Giveaway

A Sporting Murder Book Summary:
It's smooth sailing for Eve Appel and her friend Madeleine, owners of Second to None Consignment Shop in rural Florida's Sabal Bay, land of swamps, cowboys, and lots and lots of 'gators. Eve and her detective boyfriend Alex have joined Madeleine and her new beau David Wilson for a pleasure cruise on his boat. But cloudy, dangerous waters lie ahead. A near fatal encounter with Blake Reed, David's supremely nasty neighbor, is soon followed by a shooting death on the dividing line between David and Blake's land. Both men run sport-hunting reserves, but Blake imports "exotics" from Africa and promotes gator killing, while David stays within the law, pointing clients toward the abundant quail and turkey as well as the wild pigs that ravage the landscape. Nevertheless, when a mutual client is killed, it is David who is arrested and charged with murder.

Blake's nastiness is only exceeded by that of his wife, Elvira, who forces Eve and Madeleine out of their shop, intending to replace it with a consignment shop of her own. It seems that bad luck looms over them all, even Eve's brawny and hard-to-resist Miccosukee Indian friend Sammy, whose nephew has disappeared. As the case against David grows stronger and his friends' misfortunes multiply, Eve and her strange and diverse group of friends, including her ex, a mobster, her grandma, and Sammy's extended family, band together to take on the bad guys. But the waters are getting muddier and more troubled, and Eve and Madeleine may end up inundated in every sense of the word.
Price/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Cozy Murder Mystery
Camel Press
July 15, 2015

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Lesley A. Diehl's Bio: 

Lesley A. Diehl retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida--cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office. Back north, she devotes her afternoons to writing and, when the sun sets, relaxing on the bank of her trout stream, sipping tea or a local microbrew.

"A Sporting Mystery" by Lesley A. Diehl is part of her An Eve Appel Mystery series. Eve Appel and Alex who is her detective boyfriend have gone with Madeleine, Eve's friend, and her boyfriend, David Wilson, on his boat for a fun trip. While on the boat they have an encounter with some bad characters. Eve along with Madeleine own a consignment shop in Florida and it seems to be doing well. But there are problems coming in the future. Blake Reed is David Wilson's horrible neighbor and they have just had a very bad meeting.  Next thing you know someone is shot and killed on the property line between their land. Blake and Reed both run reserves for sport-hunting. David is law abiding while Blake is not. David is the one that gets charged with murder even though it seems as if Blake is this one that should have been. 
Elvira is Blake's wife and she is just as horrible as he is. Elvira has decided to open her own consignment shop so she forces Eve and Madeleine out of theirs. David's situation is getting worse by the moment and Eve along with Madeleine have to work fast. Hopefully no one else will get killed. I giver this book a 4/5. I was given this bok for the purpose of a review and all opinions are mine.

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  1. Thanks for the review, Victoria! :)

  2. the cover is a very nice cover and catches my interest.

  3. This story sounds really different and interesting!

  4. I am intrigued by the storyline and the book cover. I love mysteries and always try to solve the puzzle before the bad guy is identified.

  5. the cover grabs you because its very different from other books i see.and the summary of the story makes it sound like a good mystery.