Highly Entertaining —
“A delightful new cozy mystery series starring an intriguing heroine–Kate McKenzie. Twists and turns abound, entertaining the reader throughout! I loved it and look forward to the next installment. Ritter Ames is a new star on the cozy set!” – Michele Scott, author of the Wine Lovers Mystery Series, featuring Nikki Sands
Title: Organized for Murder, Book 1 (Organized Mysteries Series)
Author: Ritter Ames
Publisher: Gemma Halliday Publishing (February 21, 2014)
About the Author: Ritter Ames writes mysteries and has two mystery series she’s writing. Organized for Murder, releases today, February 24, 2014 and is the first cozy in her Organized Mysteries series. Her second series, the Bodies of Art Mysteries, starts with Counterfeit Conspiracies. Both are published by Gemma Halliday Publishing. For further information relating to Ritter, link to her blog or Pininterest: http://ritterames.wordpress.com , http://www.pinterest.com/ritterames She uses Pininterest to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series.
About the Story: Kate McKenzie tries to make a go of it with her new company STACKED IN YOUR FAVOR, a company that will organize and unclutter life, in a small town in Vermont. She’s the outsider and finds it difficult to make friends. She’s been burnt enough times to avoid trusting anyone. But when she finds herself involved in a murder and is considered a prime suspect, she turns to her neighbor Meg to help her sort out what to do.
Using her organization skills, she very methodically tries to figure out who is trying to pin the murder on her. In the process, she gains a close friend and learns that things are not as they appear in this small town.
My Thoughts: The story started out benign enough, but you’ll find yourself chewing nails before it’s over. Kate McKenzie is a mother of 6-year-old twins who is an expert in organizing and de-clutter life.
Kate was scheduled to present a talk on organizing and ridding oneself of clutter. It was to be held at the local bookstore for local residence of the town. This threat runs throughout the story. Her first client, Amelia Nethercutt, gets murdered and evidence leads to Kate. To keep herself out of jail she uses her skills of organization making lists of questions in her casebook, that need answering to help her solve who did it. As the story moves forward, someone she thought may have done the crime, is found stabbed. Again, the evidence leads to Kate. Why is she being framed?
Meg and Kate discuss the murders thoroughly brainstorming who may have committed them which further engages the reader. We are able to follow all the possible reasons each of the possible suspects would want to murder Amelia and either agree with their conclusions or not.
The story, very cleverly put together, never tips the reader who actually kills Amelia. Ritter Ames keeps ratcheting the suspense until I started skipping sentences just to find out who murdered Amelia and another woman. It was thoroughly enjoyable with well-developed, 3-dimensional characters.
Each chapter is prefaced with a list of good organizational ideas, an added bonus to this cozy mystery. I liked some of the tips and plan using them myself. Certainly families with children will benefit even more from her tips.
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
KATE MCKENZIE’S 5-STEP ORGANIZATIONAL START METHOD
BEGIN ANY DE-CLUTTER PROJECT BY COLLECTING AND LABELING FIVE LARGE BOXES:
REJECT—items un-repairable, missing parts, past expiration, or like half-a-dozen others already in the house.
RECYCLE—gently used, unwanted items for charitable organizations or Freecycle.
RESELL—through consignment shops, tag sales, eBay, Craigslist, or newspaper ads.
RETURN—sporting goods, toys, books, tools, etc. that belong to family members, neighbors, or friends.
REVIEW—things requiring extra thought before fate is determined.
Completely unload the room or closet, distributing discarded items into correct boxes. Return only “keepers” to the target area.
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