Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder by MaryAnn KempherSometimes, as I have pointed out possibly too many times, one simply needs a simple read. Cozy romantic mystery can very easily fill that spot, allowing for a relaxing read on a rainy day. And “Mocha, Moonlight and Murder” had the potential to be quite enjoyable. Katherine O’Brian, the heroine, has had it rough lately. Kate is newly divorced from a cheating scum-bag of a husband, recently orphaned, and trying desperately to build a relationship with a sister she barely knows. Throw in going back to school as an adult student and witnessing a shadowy figure pulling a blanket-wrapped body from the trunk of a car and the stress is almost more than she can stand.

The ideas are good, however the execution left a bit to be desired. One of my least favorite things is the old, worn-out “triangle love affair”. Irritates me to no end. Of course, that is a personal issue, so if you like that sort of thing you will like this. The other thing that bothered me is that the mystery wasn’t handled well. I was rather ‘fumbling’ though the idea was good.

The romantic aspect was totally irritating – it took a full star away on its own. I found it stiff and unrealistic, though there were some funny moments. The culmination was awkward – but giving any more info will possibly give too much away, so I will just leave it that it didn’t feel realistic or smooth.

Finally, as the book is already published, I can’t help but wonder if that means the grammatical errors made it through to publication? I received my copy of this book from Netgalley.com in return for a realistic review, so that is something I have to consider.

Overall, it will be more enjoyable for the proper audience. I simply couldn’t really identify with the characters.

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