Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Caught Read Handed
Caught Read Handed is a fun cozy and the second in the Read 'Em and Eat mysteries. The setting is Fort Myers Beach in Florida, and the main characters are Sassy and Bridgy the owners of the Read 'Em and Eat cafe. The cafe doubles as a book haven, with paperbacks and regular book club meetings. When Sassy meets a high strung lady who ends up murdered, and the prime suspect is the relative of a friend, Sassy determines to find the true killer.
Sassy is a lot of fun, she has a bit of snark and her and Bridgy make a good team. Half the fun of this is the sun- drenched Ft. Myers setting- the palms, the mangroves along the water, the egrets and wildlife. A lot of the story takes place at the cafe, with people coming and going- and Miguel, the irrepressible cook, adds a lot of flavor to the place. Like a lot of cozies, there is food, and pretty good food by the sounds of it- and the supporting characters are nice, especially Ophelia, who is Bridgy's aunt and quite the character. The story lightly touches on issues such as animal rights and PTSD, as the suspect is a veteran suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder.
I had an easy time getting to know all the characters, especially as this is a second in a series, and while it started slow for me it picked up and got better as I went. The mystery was nothing special but again part of the fun is the setting. The author seems to love the area and it shows. The cafe is neat too, with tables named after famous literary figures, and the menu reflects that as well. After serving a few Swiss Family Robinson cheeseburgers, I started wanting one! This is a fun, breezy read with great characters and I would definitely be interested in reading more.