Review: Murder in Manolos by Linsey Mastin
Murder in Manolos by Linsey Mastin
publisher: Tate Publishing
genre: chick lit/mystery
release date: May 10, 2011
book info: goodreads
Twenty-something Heidi Hart finds herself without a job, with little money and no prospects. Instead of relying on her wealthy and thoroughly dysfunctional family she becomes the nanny/companion of fifteen year old Lauren. From there comical amateur sleuthing ensues to uncover the mystery surrounding the Dayton family.
From the moment I meet Heidi Hart I felt an instant connection. This adorable, yet quirky girl is funny, sweet, smart and totally naïve. She definitely marches to her own beat and has the confidence to pull it off. Her inter dialogue is just plain hilarious, which makes her perfect bff material. Plus she has great fashion sense.
Heidi’s relationship with Lauren and Lucas is genuine, fun and makes you wish you were their friends too. The trust, the camaraderie, the playful banter all adds to the light fullness, yet utterly delightfulness of the book.
Lucus!! I loved him. He is some metrosexual hotness. Open your eyes Heidi!! Don’t get me wrong, there was some tension between him and Heidi. I just wanted more.
As much as I wanted to invite Heidi along for the next girl’s night out, there were just a few things that hampered my enjoyment of the book. The biggest disappointment was the mystery. Mysteries need to be tight and solid. They don’t have to be complex, just logical and believable. This one had several holes, several points that just didn’t add up. It didn’t help that I figured out who done it early on, which normally never happens.
Smaller details like outdated pop culture references coming from a fifteen and twenty year old, finding a job through a newspaper ad or paying a bill by check in the twenty-first century just added to the disappointment.
Overall, I really liked this book. Heidi is an utterly fun character, one that you would want to go sleuthing and shopping with.
I give this book 3 STACKS
See you in the STACKS,