Death of a Coupon Clipper – Lee Hollis

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4/5 Coupon Clippers

On The Back:

Hayley Powell, food and cocktails columnist for Bar Harbor’s Island Times, is. . .well, kind of broke. So when she’s selected for that extreme coupon-clipping reality game show coming to town. . . . . . she’s thrilled, especially when her competition is nasty nurse Candace Culpepper. But when Haley stumbles across a face-down-in-the-snow Candace–scissors gleaming between her shoulders–she knows the next thing she’ll be selected for will probably be a police line-up.

Meanwhile, though Hayley’s BFF Mona was only joking about “taking Candace out,” Bruce Linney, the Island Times crime reporter, definitely isn’t laughing. And what about the smarmy, cold-hearted host of the show, Drew Nickerson, who may have been having a steamy affair with the intentionally-iced nurse? Hayley needs to cut to the chase and find the killer. Everything may hinge on a stray coupon, but Hayley better keep her eyes on the real grand prize: staying out of permanent cold storage!

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

My Thoughts:

The third in a series of solid, enjoyable reads; Death of a Coupon Clipper combined a game show with small town life and a murder to create a wonderful cozy mystery.

Hayley is hilarious. Absolutely, positively hilarious. She doesn’t care what others think of her and is brutally honest most of the time. It’s a combination that I love! Mona, Liddy, and the rest of the characters are also joys to read about. However, then there’s Lex. I really don’t like Lex and I really hope that we see a whole lot less of him in future books. He’s obnoxious and annoying in my opinion.

The mystery was surprising, however it seemed weak. The killer’s motive was so crazily petty I couldn’t believe it. However, the process leading up to the reveal was wonderful; not too much brazen sleuthing, but enough that it made it a quick read even though the book was over 400 pages long.

Overall a solid book that I flew through and enjoyed.. Recommend and I will certainly be reading the next one!

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