Jul 242015


Geared for the Grave (The Cycle Path Mysteries #1) by Duffy Brown

Series: A Cycle Path Mystery-First in Series (Book 1)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629532789
ISBN-13: 978-1629532783

Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…

This was my first Duffy Brown book and I loved it! The setting was on an island and there are no cars…only bikes! Sounds like a perfect place to live! The author does an awesome job of making you “see” the town and it’s people. After reading this, I told my kids I want to take a vacation to Mackinac Island. Seriously!

I was caught up in the book from the first paragraph and never lost interest. I loved the town, the people, the way they interacted and the “Fudgies” were a hoot.

The book is full of mystery and twists as Evie searches for the real Bunny killer. I really enjoyed reading about the escapades Evie got into. She was of course my favorite character, but I also loved Rudy, Irma, Irish Donna, and Sutter. Even Evie’s mom,  Ann Louise Bloomfield, the sophisticated, prim and proper lawyer turned out to be quite the character…enter Carmen. And who would have thought that I’d have a soft spot for a member of the mob?

I absolutely loved this book and can’t think of one negative thing to say about it. Wait, I just thought of something. It ended.

I can’t wait for book #2 in this series, and I recommend Geared For The Grave to all book lovers. It had everything I love in a book.


Meet The Author
10929149_788088594561636_8759981557993096947_nDuffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlok and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island.

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  7 Responses to “Geared for the Grave (The Cycle Path Mysteries #1) by Duffy Brown”

  1. My mother in law visited Mackinac Island and raved over it. This book sounds really good!

  2. This does sound like such fun and I can’t wait to read it! I’ve got the first one in her consignment series and I’ve been looking forward to reading that one but this sounds even more appealing.

  3. glad you enjoyed it so much,

  4. I like the cover as well

  5. I really like the sound of this book. I’d probably want to visit Mackinac Island also, Wonderful review, Vicki!

  6. Hi Vicki,

    We also have an island where cars are banned. Sark is part of the Channel Islands group and is off the south coast of Britain, in the English Cannel, between Britain and France.


    There are also no street lights at night, so the peace, tranquility and lack of pollution is complete … sounds like bliss doesn’t it?

    I’m not sure that this storyline isn’t just a bit too ‘cozy’ for me, but I love the vibrant cover art and your excellent review.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  7. Mackinac Island is nice. I’d start reading the book just for the setting!

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