ARC REVIEW: Death Checked Out

Hello!

Guess whose finally read a book after a very dragged out hiatus. Yes – it’s me! Please, somebody give me a round of applause!

I’m also very excited to say that I’m reviewing my first ARC (advanced reader copy) kindly gifted to me by Netgalley. And don’t worry, ARC reviews will always be spoiler free so no need to run!

Initial thoughts

I loved this book! This was the first book I read after almost a year. I had procrastinated trying to get out of my reading slump, but I got through this novel in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m super grateful for this, because this book really helped me realise how much I loved and missed reading!

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for her upcoming releases but also trying to get my hands on prior novels written by her.

It was such a heart warming read that focused on the importance of trust, deceptions and betrayals.

Background of author & novel

Author: Leah Dobrinska
Pages: 253
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: December 2022

LET’S JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER

Leah Dobrinska describes herself as a small-town romance and cosy mystery author and I’d certainly agree with that statement!

The cover is bright and quirky and definitely contrasts the sinister title. This almost oxymoron is what initially drew me in.

SYNOPSIS

Greta Plank, who is a director at the local library is caught up in a series of unfortunate murder attempts – some successful and some quite not so successful thankfully. At one point in time, she becomes a potential suspect. In order to clear her name but also find justice for her friend who had been killed, she investigates on the side.

This investigation results in her tracking down half-brothers unknowingly, locating a rare book, interviewing estate investors and having a scary brush with death.

PASSING JUDGEMENT ON CHARACTER DEPTHS

The characters all felt multi-dimensional and they all demonstrated different traits that either complimented each other or was the cause for some friction.

PLOT SUBSTANCE

The plot kept me hooked and the real culprit came as quite of a surprise to me. There was no reason for me to suspect them until it was literally spelt out for me. The author planted enough red herrings for me to pin the wrong individuals as the culprits.

The plotline exposed just how everyone has secrets they keep submerged – and sometimes it’s not due to guilt or wrong doing, but it’s their way of protecting their broken hearts.

It was quite fun to read because I was suspecting the same people as the narrator and it really felt like we were solving this crime together.

CRAFTING OF WORDS

I only spotted a few errors in my reading. The narrative and description never felt forced. It was a very easy read and the dialogue flowed naturally. I was really able to get myself caught up in the mystery and emotions being felt.

IF I COULD TWEAK ONE THING…

Although I really enjoyed the story, I was left slightly disappointed at the end as the teasing of the potential romance of the detective and librarian wasn’t confirmed nor denied. Also we never find out the reason why the detective was uprooted from Chicago. Saying that, I hope that possibly sets up the premises for a sequel of some sorts!

AND that brings this review to an end. Let me know if you’ve been enticed enough to add this book to your to be read list?

What are you currently reading now?

What tips do you have for me to continue trying to get out of a reading slump?

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