Beth's Review: Dragonfly (Kitty James Mystery #1) by Kitty James
Author Provided Copy
Publisher: Kitty James
Released: May 8, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense (Cozy Style Mystery)
Length: 231 pages
Kitty James is a modern day recluse and mystery author with a knack for spotting the potential to kill someone in everyday situations. Ruth Winter is a young woman living on her parent’s tobacco farm during the 1930’s with her daughter Evie. One night Ruth’s life changes forever, and she disappears without a trace. When Kitty renovates the old tobacco barn on her new property, two dead bodies are unearthed, and the lives of both women collide! The news rockets through the town at light-speed, and results in her introduction to Ian Matthews, a handsome neighbor, who’s family once owned the old farmstead. The bodies, combined with Ian’s romantic advances, and mysterious time-travel dreams, push the limits of her sanity.
As Kitty gets closer to discovering the identities of her backyard corpses, she will fall victim to a modern day murderer who wants to keep old family secrets quiet. She must push herself beyond her comfort level to solve this mystery, and she risks her life and Ian’s love to discover the truth, even as someone tries to silence her—permanently.
Five Boundless Stars
Crestwood, North Carolina is a small town where everybody knows everyone and most of the residents were born and raised there. Kitty James, a successful murder mystery writer, decides to make Crestwood her new home when she purchases a 1900’s home located on an old tobacco farm. The home is a good enough distance away from neighbors to allow Kitty seclusion, which is perfect for her social anxiety issues. Everything is off to a wonderful start, as she feels she has found a nice and quiet community to live and write in. Until one day, her contractors are renovating the old barn into her new greenhouse, and find dead bodies buried under the barn.
The police cannot identify the bodies, but they did determine the age of the corpses and the cause of their deaths. This becomes the perfect plot for the next murder mystery by Kitty James. During her investigation, she meets her neighbor, Ian, and many other unique characters that call Crestwood home. She experiences southern hospitality at its best, as several residents are eager to share what they know. Kitty also learns of the southern manners instilled in the resident centuries ago, never to speak ill of anyone, even the dead. Will this create a bump in her investigating? If not, the men setting out to court her will.
I found Dragonfly to be very well written, making it a very easy read. I was instantly brought into the story and became as involved in finding the answers as Kitty. Dragonfly was hard to put down and I often found myself analyzing information in between readings. Kitty James is now one of my favorite authors and I will definitely look for more of her mysteries.
I give this book 5 stars for “I absolutely loved it!”