I read the first book in this series last year which was Candy Apple Read. It was an interesting fun read so I decided to get the second in the series from the library. I believe a third one is to be released in October. Anyways, this was an all right read and I give it a C+.
The members of the wealthy, eccentric Purcell clan of Lake Chinook, Ore., are all crazy, warns Jane's rakish mentor Dwayne Durbin, but Jane, a PI in training, agrees to work for the handsome Jasper "Jazz" Purcell anyway. Jazz wants Jane to help assess the mental faculties of his aging grandmother, Orchid, who holds the family purse strings. With various kooky Purcells vying for an inheritance, Jane and her beloved pug, the Binkster, are embraced by Orchid. But the family's fishy history motivates Jane to investigate the long-ago death of Jazz's mother, Lily, who perished at a sanitarium. Meanwhile, Jane wrestles with ambivalence about her blossoming romance with Jazz—and her flirtatious relationship with Dwayne. Bush dials up the suspense when one of the Purcells is found dead.
This book was a fun read somewhat reminiscent of the Stephanie Plum books but without the crazy and zany family members and friends. Jane Kelly is a likeable character and her little pug Binkster is absolutely adorable. The mystery was not that well written and it was kind of like the reader wasn't sure what mystery exactly was. There were a lot of characters to keep track of which was a little difficult to follow. The romance aspect of the story was written well and there is a lot of sexual tension between Jane and Dwayne and Jazz. The third book will be released in October, and the ending of this book sets up the next one. While I will probably read it, I will get it from the library if I see it. It is not something that I will probably place on hold.
Up next is a novel by John Lutz titled The Ex. Mr. Lutz is the author of the book Single White Female in which the movie was based on and I read it as well. It was pretty good so I grabbed this one off of the TBR shelves. So far it is pretty good and I am about 75 pages in. Hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Reading!