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    Cozy Mystery in Indiana

    This is a fun cozy mystery that includes a cat, a dog, and the Kickboxing Crusader. The story moves quickly and keeps the reader involved in the solving of the murder. The story includes the best description on page 18; By the time I looked up, her back was a feline version of the St. Louis Arch, and her tail was a bushy, black-and-orange feather duster.' I enjoyed this book and will be looking for more cozies by this author. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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    Loved this 2nd in series I highly recommend

    This has quickly become one of my new favorite cozy series.. Its a fresh series with a endearing protagonist and I love this second in series as much as the first in series. I highly recommend this series for all who enjoy cozy mysteries. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own, A Genuine Fix by J.C. Kenney is the second An Allie Cobb Mystery. Allie Cobb has a tortoiseshell cat, Ursula (Ursi for short) who is a great addition to this series. Part of the adorable progression of the second in series is if Ursi can get along with her boyfriend. Allie runs a literary agency and is loved by the town and her friends. Allie is is out walking with her cat to check the progress of the Winchester-Cobb Memorial Park of which she is in charge of building. Allie notices unloaded mulch and Ursi uncovers a hand sticking up from a dead body. She is very distressed to find out that the victim is known to her, a high school nemesis. Allie is next moment fighting for her life as she is suspect number one due to her contentious history with the victim. Allie enlists the help of her close friends to help clear her name and soon suspects abound and the clues are falling into place. Her friend and local townspeople are determined to clear her name and help her by jumping into the investigation much tot he chagrin of the police . J.C. Kenney has a talent for descriptions that place the reader in this charming small town amid the endearing characters A Genuine Fix is a fun read for all cozy lovers, with a well crafted sleuth, a adorable cat, and a fun savvy smart protagonist I look forward to the next in series .
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    On the fence with this one

    Allie Cobb had returned home from New York City to Rushing Creek, Indiana less than a year ago and a second murder has happened in the small town. This time it’s the boy who stood Allie up at senior prom and some folks in town believe Allie killed him as payback. To clear her name, before the police are forced by the mayor to make an arrest, Allie outs on her sleuthing hat and gets down to business. It’s been awhile since I read a cozy where I kind of cringed at times as I read it, but the clock starts again today. While the story has a few things I connected with, a shorter protagonist and life in a small town, there are things I just couldn’t ignore. Why would the chief of police allow the mayor try and force an arrest on circumstantial evidence or why would said chief of police actively pursue partnering with a civilian with no law enforcement background on a murder case? However I did enjoy the message of getting past the angst and challenges of high school and becoming a strong adult who does not need the approval and acceptance of others to know your own worth. This is one of those books where I will need to read another entry and decide whether or, not it’s a series I will continue on with.
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    The second An Allie Cobb Mystery

    A Genuine Fix by J.C. Kenney is the second An Allie Cobb Mystery. Allie Cobb along with her tortoiseshell cat, Ursula (Ursi for short) is out walking on Friday morning. It is the day she checks out the progress of the Winchester-Cobb Memorial Park of which she is the head of the steering committee. Allie notices a dump truck has unloaded mulch where the gazebo is to be erected and then Ursi uncovers a hand. Georgie Alonso, the boy who stood Allie up for the senior prom, is found dead under the mulch and Allie is Police Chief Matt Roberson’s prime suspect. Allie Cobb, the Kickboxing Crusader, sets out to clear her name by finding the killer. A Genuine Fix can be read as a standalone if you have not had the opportunity to finish A Literal Mess. The story progresses at a steady rate making for a quick, easy to read cozy mystery. J.C. Kenney’s vivid descriptions brought the town and characters to life for me. I especially enjoyed the details of Allie’s charming abode above the bookshop. A Genuine Fix is told from Allie’s perspective (first person narrative) which allowed me to understand how she was feeling and her perspective on matters. Allie Cobb is settling into her new apartment and busy obtaining new clients for the Cobb Literary Agency. Allie is a woman who will not let herself be set up for a crime she did not commit. She is strong and determined which I like in a main character. Allie also has a “dogged desire for the truth.” The mystery is straightforward with a couple of suspects and pointed clues. Allie’s method of investigation is direct. Everyone in town knows what she is doing which aids Allie as well as the killer. It also results in some humorous situations. The way the villain was captured was unique and entertaining. A Genuine Fix is a lighthearted cozy mystery with a cunning cat, a disagreeable victim, a mound of mulch, a tolerant police chief, and one determined bicycle riding literary agent.
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    Cozy Mystery Has You In Disbelief

    I actually broke my record of coming in at the eighth book in a series and started with Book One this time. Intrigued by Allie Cobb returning home for her father's funeral and staying to take over his literary agency in small-town Indiana, the premise looked promising and I requested Book Two. Unlike Book One, which followed all the normal cozy doctrines and managed to make a sensible and interesting premise into a well-plotted and envisioned scenario, Book Two falls trips over the line and dissolves into disbelief. There are positive activities running in the background; Allie helping her friend prepare her wedding, becoming involved in local politics, chairing a park project whose land was donated by her friend, and growing her father's agency. She is settling into an apartment above a bookstore. She and her boyfriend are trying to get her kitty and his golden retriever to learn to tolerate each other and in the meantime, her relationship with him continues to grow, albeit slowly. I liked that coming from New York she doesn't own a car and rides her bicycle for transportation and she walks her cat on a leash, although that is not entirely new. But you must believe the police would suspect the woman could now kill over being stood up for a high school prom--fifteen years ago. Of course, it would be she who discovers the body under a pile of mulch on the park property and is immediately assumed the primary suspect by the police chief, who really doesn't bother looking much further. Allie will have to prove she is not a killer. She begins offering leads and ideas to the police chief and he begins to share what they have. (uh huh) It is not a barn burner, evolving at cozy pace, and throws in a couple red herrings. Overall, I was disappointed in this second offering and still shuddering over the "strength test." 2.5/5 rounded to 3.
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