Book Review of “Sunny Side Up (Lake Erie Mysteries Book 1)” by Maureen K. Howard (Goodreads Author), Amy Eye (Goodreads Author) (Editor)

“Drink in one hand, credit card in the other, and everything else will sort itself out.”
The school year is over and the article deadlines have been met, so best friends, Francie and June, ditch their business attire, grab their flip flops, and head to the lake for some fun in the sun.
Instead of enjoying a relaxing Memorial Day weekend at Kelleys Island on Lake Erie, this dynamic duo finds themselves in the middle of a murder investigation. They need to find out who burned down their friend’s store, discover the identity of the charred corpse found in the wreckage, and clear Francie’s husband, Hamm, before he is charged with the crime.
Fueled up with their favorite snacks of wine and cheese, these adventure-loving ladies manage to keep their eyes open for a bargain, come up with a plan, and even indulge in a bit of romance, all while dodging increasingly dangerous attempts to silence them for good.
Grab your sunglasses, your favorite cocktail, a copy of Sunny Side Up, and head to the lake with them for an unforgettable weekend adventure.

My Review:
Sunny Side up is a Cozy mystery novel with two ladies as the lead who end up acting detectives with the flow of the story. Francie and June are best friends. June is a journalist who travels places for stories and Francie, more often than not, accompanies her dragging her husband along with both of them. Such a trip makes them end up in Kelleys Island which is where the main story begins.

This is the first Cozy Mystery novel I have read. It was totally different from what I have read so far. But it is a change I welcomed. The pace is slow. The crime gets committed after a lot of time into the story. But in the meanwhile we are taken through the relationships between the three main characters of the story – June, Francie and her husband. The friendship between the two ladies are really remarkable. The beautiful relationship between Francie and her husband is so much evolved and settled down into that comfortable friendship. Hamm is not so much fond of June but he understands their friendship and lets Francie go with June every single time. The relationships among the three of them is very endearing.

The mystery itself is very soft and does not exactly make you grip your seat. But it does give you the essential element of intrigue, suspense and a mild thrill. The way the ladies act as amateur detectives and go about “detecting” evidence to figure out the mystery and remove suspicion from Hamm is written in a very believable manner. There are scenes which are written in an unbelievable setting.

Overall, the story is a leisurely read.

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