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A shoe-in read for fans of Ellery Adams and Kate Carlisle, On Borrowed Crime is the first in Kate Young’s new Georgia-set, sweet tea filled, Jane Doe Book Club mysteries.
On Borrowed Crime: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
by Kate Young
On Borrowed Crime: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (October 6, 2020)
The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn’t fun and games…
Lyla Moody loves her sleepy little town of Sweet Mountain, Georgia. She likes her job as receptionist for her uncle’s private investigative firm, her fellow true crime obsessed Jane Doe members are the friends she’s always wanted, and her parents just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.
But recently, with her best friend Melanie on vacation, and her ex-boyfriend and horrible cousin becoming an item and moving in next door to her, her idyllic life is on the fritz. The cherry on top of it all is finding Carol, a member of the club, dead and shoved into a suitcase, left at Lyla’s front door.
Unusual circumstances notwithstanding, with Carol’s heart condition, the coroner rules Carol’s death undetermined. But when they discover the suitcase belongs to Melanie, who had returned from her vacation the following morning, Sweet Mountain police begin to suspect Lyla’s best friend.
Determined that police are following the wrong trail, to clear her friend’s name, and to not allow Carol become one of the club’s studied cold cases, Lyla begins to seek out the real killer. That is, until she becomes the one sought after. Now, finding the truth could turn her into the killer’s next plot twist, unless she wins the game of cat and mouse.
My review of On Borrowed Crime
On Borrowed Crime kicks off the brand new series by Kate Young: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery. It’s the second book I’ve read by Kate Young, and I really love her writing style. She makes it very easy to get to know the characters after only a few chapters.
Lyla, the main character in this series, has begun working with her uncle as his “receptionist” in his PI business. When you read On Borrowed Crime, you’ll notice that the author keeps something about Lyla hidden from us throughout the book. I love this because it lays the foundation for her character. Though she gives us some information about the thing (no spoilers!), not everything is clear.
That’s also the case with Lyla’s mom and uncle who are siblings. Something happened in their past that shaped them and affected them in somewhat different ways. (Again, no spoilers. It’s hard to share this awesome hidden stuff without giving things away!) I’m looking forward to seeing how the author peels away the layers to reveal the past.
If you read my reviews, you know how I love the older people in cozy mystery books, and that’s also the case in On Borrowed Crime with Lyla’s grandmother. She’s got lots of spunk and hopefully she’ll play a big part in the series.
One thing I will say for you sensitive readers, there is a bit more of a disturbing nature in this mystery. Since the Jane Doe book club (Lyla especially) enjoy trying to figure out whodunit in mysteries (and sometimes actual cold cases), a cold case plays a big part in the mystery. If you’re fine with listening to podcasts like Crime Junkie or Serial, you’ll be fine. But, like, thinking about my almost 75 year old mom….she’d be too scared of this book. However, I loved the mystery! I think because I watch, listen to, read lots of true crime stuff, it was kind of easy for me to figure out whodunit. But, I must admit I did change my mind a few times.
On Borrowed Crime definitely kicks the Jane Doe Book Club Mystery Series off in a good way! Fans of Aurora Teagarden and Veronica Mars will like this mystery solving book club/PI focused story! I can’t wait for the next book!
About Kate Young
Kate Young writes southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzus. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.
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