'Georgie Nikolopatos manages the Bonaparte House, a Greek restaurant and historic landmark in beautiful upstate New York rumored to possess ghosts and hidden treasure. But when her husband disappears and her main competitor is found dead, it's up to Georgie to solve a big fat Greek murder.
With her husband, Spiro, gone for days on one of his trips, Georgie has her hands full running the restaurant and dealing with the crew of the TV show Ghost Squad, called in by Spiro to inspect the house for haunting. So when she has a chance to take a boating excursion on the St. Lawrence River with her friend Keith Morgan, she jumps on it. But their idyll is quickly ruined when they discover the body of rival restaurant owner Domenic "Big Dom" DiTomasso floating in the water.
When the police start asking questions, it doesn't help that Spiro can't be found--and with Georgie on their suspect list, it's up to her to find her missing husband and find out who killed Big Dom before someone else's order is up.'
I have some serious issues when it comes to the first book in a new series. I never can seem to get into them and it tends to take more than one book to warm me up to the series. It seems to be an endless problem that I have continuously as a vigorous reader. Usually, by the third book or so, I can usually tell whether I want to continue with the series or not. If I can't wait to see what is in store for a character and it feels like reuniting with some friends that I haven't seen in some time, then usually it's a keeper for me. I have to say, I was skeptical going into reading this one. Would I like it, hate it or just tolerate it?
Well, I was shocked to find that I loved this book. The first book and I am hooked. The main character isn't the brightest crayon in the box, but you know what, it really worked for me. I enjoyed the author's writing style and I found myself laughing at the whims and silliness of the characters. Georgie isn't your average sleuth who is just nosy and too smart for their own good. She seems so humble and down to earth, that it's really hard not to be able to relate to her and enjoy her antics. She has an eccentric Greek mother-in-law and a husband who wants out of the marriage as bad as she does. I have to say that the author hit one out of the park with this one and I know that I will be continuing with this series. In fact, I can't wait for the next one to be released.
The mystery conclusion was a little bit of a shocker for me too. I was stunned to learn who was behind the murder in this book. I have said it a million times, and I will probably say it a million more, but if an author can keep me guessing and then stun me with the revelation, well that's a great mystery in my book. It seems that there is no lack of cozy mysteries that feature food or a restaurant in their novels, but this one was different. It had it's own color and I was thrilled to have read it. If you are looking for a cozy mystery that will knock your socks off, then please do yourself a favor and do not skip this one.
Overall Rating: 5
Title: Feta Attraction
Author: Susannah Hardy
Series: Greek to Me Mystery #1
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Get It: Amazon; Barnes & Noble
About the Author:
Susannah Hardy is a member of the New England Chapter of Sisters in Crime, the Romance Writers of America and the Connecticut Chapter of RWA. Susannah is originally from Northern New York State (Way north! Only a few miles from the Canadian border), graduated from St. Lawrence University, and now lives in Connecticut with her husband, teenaged son, and Elvira the Wonder Cat.
This has been a stop of the Feta Attraction blog tour hosted by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. Make sure that you stop by the other stops!
January 2 – Michelle’s Romantic Tangle
January 3 – Community Bookstop
January 4 – Cozy Up With Kathy
January 5 – Carstairs Considers
January 6 – deal sharing aunt
January 7 – a chick who reads
January 8 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
January 9 – Griperang’s Bookmarks
January 10 – Books Are Life – Vita Libri
January 11 – Girl Lost In a Book
Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the publisher, through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, in exchange for my honest review. I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.