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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: A Welcome Murder by Robin Yocum

A Welcome Murder by Robin Yocum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Prometheus Books / Seventh Street Books
Publishing 4/4/17    

A who-dun-it mystery set in a small town in Ohio.  Welcome to the game of Clue with five interesting characters who all grew up together.  No one cares that Rayce Daubner was murdered - they just don't want to be blamed for it.

Vincent "Smoochie" Xenakis is married to Dena Marie Xenakis, who is having affairs with Johnny Earl and Sheriff Francis Roberson (who is married to Allison) and we get a glimpse into the world through each of these five points of view. Confusing? Not really. Robin Yocum does a great job with these multiple POVs. Set in a small town where everyone grew up together and have checkered pasts, this story is set around the murder of Rayce Daubner. No one really cares that he's been murdered. He's not well liked. But no one wants to be convicted either and they all have reasons to have wanted him dead.
Mostly this is centered around Johnny Earl - a high school sports hero who couldn't make it in the big leagues and turned to drug dealing instead. Set up by Rayce and sent to prison, he emerges seven years later and is suspect number one when Rayce is murdered.
I wasn't sure how I felt about this book when I first started reading it but as the pages turned, the more invested I became and wow are each of these characters screwed up in one way or the other. I love it! The author layers each of their stories in an easy to read way and I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting, staying up later than I had intended. It reminded me of Clue - "Mrs. So-and-So, in the basement, with her steel thighs." Haha. Quite the fun read and at less than 300 pages, perfect for that interim book if you want something not so hefty.

Thank you to Prometheus and Seventh Street Books for this ARC in return for my honest review.

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