today’s my stop on the blog tour for Lindsay Emory’s ‘Mean Sisters’ and I have a review and extract for you. ‘Mean Sisters’ is the first in a series, very light and entertaining cosy mystery and was published yesterday. It’s also just 99p for the kindle now, in case you’d like to download a copy. Which I know you do, how can anyone resist this gorgeous cover? 🙂 As always, many thanks to lovely Helena for getting me aboard as a host and for the copy of the book.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mean Sisters by Lindsay Emory
Series: Sorority Sisters Mystery #1
Published by Maze
Published on 17.3.2106
Genres: cozy mystery, chick lit
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Margot Blythe is twenty-something; sharp, friendly and totally incapable of letting go of her college glory days.
When she returns to her old college as an advisor, Margot can’t wait to be reunited with her sorority sisters. But her homecoming reception isn’t exactly what she expected. Tragedy strikes, sending shock waves down sorority row, and Margot is forced to step up – especially when foul play is suspected.
She’s determined to save her fifty frazzled sisters, keep the suspicious (but dangerously cute) police officer at bay and find out the truth – could a sister have committed such an unimaginable sin as murder?
Published as ‘Sisterhood is Deadly’ in US, ‘Mean Sisters’ (title from UK publisher) is the first installment in a series called Sorority Sisters Mystery. Lindsay Emory is a name I’ve heard just recently, when I spotted this title among the new ones published by Maze (imprint of Avon UK) and one I believe we’ll all be hearing about a lot more in the future. Like A LOT more. As someone who’s read many Avon’s commercial women’s fiction and thrillers titles, I must say Lindsey definitely brings something new and fresh both for the publisher and the great army of Avon’s fans and readers.
What first caught my eye when I was browsing NetGalley were the vibrant colours on this cover, very chic and modern, and very very girly (something I really like). But what really made me want to read it was the great blurb and the comparison to Kelk and Kinsella. Kelk and Kinsella, c’mooonnn! Ok, bring it on! It promised a fun mix of mystery and chick lit, and that’s definitely what you get. ‘Mean Sisters’ is definitely an entertaining read you’ll fly through in just few hours.
Margot Blythe is not your usual crime/murder investigator, unfortunately she finds herself in a situation when she’s thrown directly on the crime scene when one of her sorority sisters is found dead. Margot’s in her 20s, approaching 30s actually, and is working as a sorority adviser. Deceased Liza MCCarthy was the previous adviser at the sorority house, but now Margot is replacing her, back in Liza’s office and discovering some very mysterious and suspicious things about Liza. Was Liza really who they thought she was or? Why would someone break into Liza’s (now Margot’s office)? Technically they didn’t even break in, they had a key! All of a sudden, Margot starts suspecting some of her sisters might be very very mean. And damn it, she hates suspecting her sisters!
What I really liked about this book is that easy to follow writing, despite not being very familiar with the whole Greek system in sororities. Oh sure, I’ve seen enough of them in American films, but haven’t read many books on them. However, I think Lindsey portrayed the girls brilliantly, especially Margot. Margot is so proud of her sisters and feels this great bond with them, I really hated seeing her with this big illusion she had for her Delta Beta Sisters (or Debs, as they called themselves). Margot is fun, but she’s so gullible, at least that’s how I felt her. She tries to see only good in everyone, idealizing everything and everyone at her sorority, being all loyal and faithful. This I found cute, but to a certain extent. I just couldn’t (or didn’t want to) buy it completely, that everything she had and believed in were her sorority sisters. It’s like she never left college while I did expect her to be more mature.
However, she and dishy Ty Hatfield, the local police hottie working on Liza’s case, make a cute duo. Their dialogues were really fun and enjoyable to read. And to be honest, I’d love to see more of them and will definitely read the sequel to see what they’ll come up with next.
Chick lit with mystery elements, definitely an interesting combination. Light, easy and very entertaining, just what I needed after a long day at the office. And you know what, I hardly ever make any predictions about a new series (especially if I haven’t read anything else by that author), but have a good feeling about Sorority Sisters. Really wonder where next installments will take us and I’m very intrigued.