Archive for 'Rosett, Sara'
Today’s featured author is Sara Rosett. Sara is the author of the cozy Mom Zone mystery series. I really enjoyed Sara’s second book, STAYING HOME IS A KILLER, and you can read my review here.
STAYING HOME IS A KILLER is the second book in the Mom Zone mystery series. It features Air Force spouse Ellie Avery, who deals with the unexpected deployment of her husband, the separation anxiety of her toddler, and a mysterious death in the squadron.
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Staying Home is a Killer features Air Force wife Ellie Avery. When Ellieâ€™s friend Penny Follette is found dead, an apparent suicide, Ellie knows that she must have been murdered – after several years of trying for a baby, her pregnant friend wouldnâ€™t kill herself. And, the day she died, Penny hoped to meet with Ellie to discuss a problem she had uncovered, but she never got the chance.
In addition to juggling a toddler, her own small business, and waiting anxiously for her husbandâ€™s expected deployment, Ellie is trying to figure out what Penny discovered. As she asks questions about Pennyâ€™s last day, she draws unwanted attention to herself, becomes a suspect in both Pennyâ€™s murder and another attack, and receives warnings and threats from several strangers who believe she has something they want. Ellie isnâ€™t sure what she has or knows or who she can trust, but knows she has to find the answers to save her own skin.
Rosett does several things I like. First, she puts in a glossary of terms for the military jargon (I like to understand what I am reading). Second, she has made this a pleasingly complicated story. While the summary above may sound simple, there are tons of characters and many tempting sub-plots and dead ends. I had to work hard not to give away any of the good details!
And third, Rosett does a good job of portraying the life of a real person. Someone with anxieties over her husbandâ€™s safety, who is tired from lugging around a toddler all day, and someone who reacts to unusual situations the way that most of us would. Ellie Avery is a realistic and likeable character.
My one criticism is that Rosett could be a little more subtle about slipping physical clues in under the radar. But that is all I will say because if you donâ€™t see it, I donâ€™t want to ruin this good book for you.
Favorite character? Ellie. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? Yes.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007