Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Murder on the Last Frontier by Cathy Pegau
Charlotte Brody Mysteries - Book 1
For some reason, I expected this book to be a mystery with a f/f romance as the secondary plot (and I don't think I was the only one.). Well... nope. *LOL* It's a m/f romantic subplot. Sort of. Vaguely.
Really, Murder on the Last Frontier is basically a cozy mystery starring a 1920s feminist on the Alaskan frontier. Charlotte is a journalist who comes to visit her brother, a doctor, in the Alaskan town of Cordova (the town where the author lives today, so it feels really authentic). There is a rangy assistant deputy who Charlotte finds herself attracted to in the course of solving the mystery of the murder of a young woman of the evening.
It's a good book. I enjoyed my read even though I kept looking for the second heroine to appear. :) Much of my enjoyment was because I liked the character of Charlotte a lot. She has some darkness and heartache in her background which is a large part of her coming to visit her brother. She's kind of sassy and irreverent and I like that.
The mystery was okay, nothing spectacular, but it served to let me get to know Charlotte. And by the end of the book, she's made some friends, a couple of enemies too and I find myself looking forward to reading some more about her. :)
So yeah, if you like cozy mysteries in a historical setting that's different from most, then this is for you.