Geared for the Grave – Duffy Brown

5/5 Painted Bikes

On The Back:

Shakedowns cover-ups and big fat lies keep bodies hidden on Mackinac Island and bike-riding tourist oblivious to it all.

To boost her chances for a promotion, Evie Bloomfield helps her boss’ dad with his cycle shop. The good idea turns bad when dad winds up prime suspect in a murder. To save her job Evie takes over the failing shop though she’s never ridden a bike, finding a killer though she can’t find her keys in her purse and discovering why someone is out to frame Dad. Can Chicago Evie survive life on Mackinac Island without her Honda, being on an eight-mile chunk of land with horses, carriages, bikes, fudge-eating tourists, the resident sage writing her eulogy and a killer who wants her dead?

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was one of the best books I’ve read all year, it was especially good for a first-in-a-series book.

I fell in love with all of the characters, especially Evie, Carmen, Rudy, and Irma. They were all lovable, and quirky in their own way. This town sounds like a perfect place to live, especially when the reporter only reports on good things.

I loved the setting, and the fact that the tourists really knew nothing about the real island. Rudy’s Rides sounds like the type of place I’d go, especially witht he themed bikes.

The ending felt too abrupt for my tastes, however. The killer is figured out in literally the last two pages of the book then it ends.

This was a great book that I hoped would never end. It kept me glued to the pages. I hope this author has another book in store for us soon, I’ll definitely be looking out for it!


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