Reviews - March 2020

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Aaron Paul Lazar:

Aaron Paul Lazar

Aaron Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. A bestselling Kindle author of 22 books, including three addictive mystery series, writing books, and a new love story, Aaron enjoys the Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming release, UNDER THE ICE. Aaron has won over 18 book awards for his novels and finds writing to be his form of "cheap therapy." Feel free to connect with him on Facebook or his website; he loves to connect with readers.


 

 

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Aaron Paul Lazar

 


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  • Tea, Anyone? (A Brooke & Abby Cozy Mystery Book 1)
    Author: S. R. Mallery
    Ebook Price: 99 cents
    ASIN: B07Z59QTMC
    Print Length: 185
    Author website: https://srmallery.blog


                                  

Tea, Anyone? is a unique mystery which blends good old-fashioned detecting with time travel. This is the first book in the new Brooke and Abby Cozy Mystery series, a paranormal mystery kept my interest from start to finish.

S. R. Mallery creates characters of depth and distinction. From the main character, quirky police data researcher Brooke, to her new hippie-type neighbor, Abby, to Henry, Brooke’s middle-aged roommate, the relationships bloom and offer a number of surprises. On the surface, Brooke appears to be pessimistic and dismissive, especially when she realizes Abby has partnered with police departments using her psychic time-travel abilities. She scoffs at such things. But as time goes on, Mallery reveals a much deeper and kinder side of Brooke, particularly when the history of Brooke and Henry’s relationship is described. I loved this part of the story. Although it wasn’t fundamental to the plot, it defined Brooke in a way that engendered my allegiance to her character.

Brooke’s cat also won my heart. Junebug jumped off the pages as a true feline, from her empathetic efforts to comfort her owner to her little mews of sympathy, she was one of my favorites. It’s clear the author has loved some cats in her lifetime.

The love angle between Brooke and Tony isn’t a primary facet of the story, but it sure is fun and it was interesting seeing Brooke finally accept the fact that she could love someone. I should probably add that Brooke’s past was abusive, and that much of her defensive personality is most likely due to that aspect of her life. See? I’m defending her now as if she’s real. That’s the sign of a good character building.

Another enjoyable facet of the story was Abby’s time travel back to the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Realistic and rousing, these scenes brought a fresh light to what might have been just another fun mystery. Truly enjoyable!

Tea, Anyone? is enthusiastically recommended by Aaron Paul Lazar.

 

Aaron Paul Lazar
www.lazarbooks.com