Load Up (Lark Davis Mysteries)
by Annabelle Hunter
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Load Up (Lark Davis Mysteries)
3rd in Series
Independently Published (October 29, 2019)
Print Length ~200 Pages
Too many suspects can be as bad as no suspects at all…
Lark Davis, horse trainer and reluctant amateur sleuth, is sure that her crime-solving days are behind her. At least that’s what she told her grandmother. However, when her Homeowners Association President and owner of the local hardware store is found dead the day after she had a public fight with him, Lark is back in the last place she wants to be — the middle of a murder case.
But this is Barrow Bay, and things are never as they seem. Gerald Pratchett had a list of enemies a mile long, and each one had a very real reason for wanting to see him gone. When the police get overwhelmed with too many suspects, including herself, Lark realizes that it is up to her to bring his killer to justice.
Nothing can stop Lark from finding out the truth — and getting her man.
My review of Load Up
Load Up is the first cozy mystery book that I’ve read in the Lark Davis Mystery Series. When I saw that the other two were highly reviewed and contained lots of humor, I knew this would be a series that I’d love. I wasn’t wrong. Apparently this isn’t Lark’s first foray with the law…well, obviously…this IS a cozy mystery series after all. You can totally gather from this book what Lark was up to in the previous books. I won’t tell you because I don’t want to spoil the hilarity of it for you.
I am not a horse person, but my daughter took lessons for awhile. So, even if you’re not a horse person, don’t let that deter you from reading the books. This one, at least, doesn’t have a whole lot happening at the barn. Most of the plot is the amateur sleuthing, and that sleuthing is so funny. Granted, Lark is on the suspect list, but so is half of Barrow Bay. Not many people got along with Gerald. He wanted everything to be just so in the neighborhood, so anything that he thought went against the grain was something he’d be complaining about.
I had fun trying to figure out “who dunnit” and it wasn’t easy. The characters in Load Up are quirky and funny…even the side characters. The romance/not romance between Lark and her boyfriend/not boyfriend is cute and clean though there are a few innuendos, so it’s not quite squeaky clean.
All things considered, this book was fun, so if you like your cozy mystery books with lots of humor, you’ll really enjoy Load Up.
About the author
Annabelle Hunter is a stay-at-home mom and an avid fan of classic mystery shows and dressage. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and too many animals. Visit her Amazon Author Page here.
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