There are days when you don’t feel well and just want to huddle under a blanket with a comfortable read. This time I picked Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig off my digital shelf. It’s the start of a news series by the author of the popular Java Jive mysteries.
Despite an overused title, Southern Discomfort is a bit different from the usual paranormal cozy. It does have a plucky heroine, but Quinn tries desperately not to rush in blindly, and she’s the one who doesn’t see the resident ghost at the B&B she runs with her sister and grandfather, and she doesn’t believe that they do, either. The plot flows well, the language is clean, there are nice bits of Savannah lore, and the rocky beginning of a romance. Oh, and a murder is solved as well.
The victim was a surly character who isn’t missed by many, leaving a nice number of suspects. I picked out whodunnit fairly early but there was enough misdirection that I was second-guessing myself and happy at the end that I’d figured it out instead of irritated that it was so obvious.
There are the requisite comfortably quirky characters and I’m hoping to see more of the grandfather in future books. The mother, though, could be replaced with a cat – she was annoying.
All in all, it was good book to read while I endure a head cold and I’ll be looking for the future books in the series to read even when I feel well.
Required disclaimer: I was provided an advance reader’s Kindle copy of the book through NetGalleyNote in exchange for an honest review, which is what this is. If you are interested in reading the book and you click on the title link in this blog, I may get a few pennies to help fund my reading habit. #SouthernDiscomfort #NetGalley