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Addie Foster, owner of Smiling Dog Books, loves her small-town life. Until someone, or rather several someones, tries to end it. What secrets is she hiding? Add one gay BFF and one dark, brooding detective into the mix and watch everything unfold. Will Addie figure out why someone wants her dead before it’s too late? Or will this be her final chapter?
When I went to BOBASE last year, I was having dinner with Melanie when two women came up and asked if they could sit with us. Both of them were authors that were in town for BOBASE and we had a blast. One of the authors Kimberley O’Malley writes books in different genres, but this particular book is a cozy mystery.
Death Comes in Threes is about Addie Foster who owns a book store with her two small dogs. Well she owns the bookstore and her dogs come in every day. I guess that is what you get when you call your bookstore the “Smiling Dog Books.” Her best friend in life also works with her.
One morning as she is getting ready to go to work after a night of nightmares, she finds a body in a nearby empty house. That discovery starts the entire story of mystery, death, and maybe even a little romance.
This story isn’t without drama and parts of it are a bit dark. The main character has nightmares that could or could not be indicative of what is about to happen. I like the variety of characters the author includes. The meek bookstore employee, to the flamboyant and caring gay best friend, to the two crazy aunts. Then you have the serious, dog-loving detective that thinks that Addie knows more than she is letting on.
I like this story, there is death, but there is also the love of Addie’s friends that no matter the situation are there for her. Some of the situations that Addie is put into are scary. It is a part of life, which sucks in some cases, but in others it can be wonderful. Addie’s story shows that true grit can overcome a lot, but maybe not everything.
Don’t just give this book a chance, but give the author one as well. You will not regret it. Her ability to bring you into the story and really make you care about the characters. Her dialogue to narration is evenly balanced. I had a small inkling of what was about to happen, but not until more than halfway through the story, which makes me happy that I wasn’t able to guess where the story was going.