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Pushed To The Limit by Karen Chester

File Size: 2205 KB
Print Length: 236 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: March 3, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01BHESQA8
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Faye Seymour has long reigned as Greenville’s gossip queen, but recently she’s been at her worst, spreading rumors like wild fire and putting a lot of noses out of joint. Event planner Emma Cassidy has already lost an important client to Faye’s loose tongue, and she can ill afford to lose any business. When Emma discovers Faye lying at the bottom of a flight of stairs, the feisty old lady declares she was pushed—and that Emma is the culprit!—before passing out.

As Faye recovers, Emma reluctantly delves into the busybody’s life of meddling and scuttlebutt. She has to clear her name before Faye falsely accuses her again, and besides, there’s a capricious parrot relying on her now.

What scandalous secrets has Faye unearthed? How many lives has she ruined or threatened to ruin? Plenty of people have a reason to hate her, but one in particular is driven to commit a brutal murder. Can Emma follow the clues to unmask the killer, or will she fall victim herself?

Thoughts
This is the second book in this series and boy is it a doozy. There’s a lot going on in this short book. The characters are well written and have personalities that jump of the page and the story keeps you wanting more.

There are several different suspects, and I couldn’t figure out who the real culprit was for anything.  What I love most about this book is that Emma is in her sixties. Not many protagonist can fit into that category. Also, she had lived in New York. Just the mention of New York and I get all kinds of great memories. I also love that there are many times a dog is mentioned. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love dogs, and most cozies have cats, not dogs.

There are so many different ways this book could have gone, but the author did a great job of bringing the book to just the right ending.

I enjoyed this book very much. It has everything a cozy should have. The story is much bigger than I thought it would be because it’s just over 200 pages. But in those pages is a story that keeps the book glued to your hands. I can’t wait to read more from this author, and would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

  4 Responses to “Pushed to the Limit (Emma Cassidy Mystery # 2)
by Karen Chester”

  1. This sounds like a terrific cozy! Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Vicki!

  2. This sounds really fun! I like that it’s such a big story in a small book and Emma sounds like an interesting character. Plus I kind of love that the author loves Murder She Wrote and Agatha Christie. I think I’d really enjoy her mysteries!

  3. Good review and I also like the main character is older. You don’t see that very often. I don’t know if you like or have heard of Agatha Raisin by M.C. Beaton, but Agatha is an older sleuth and very tart tongued. No cursing, she is just assertive.

    Any book that features dogs as supporting characters is better for it,

  4. A protagonist my age – what a treat!

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