Sunday, October 9, 2011

A CORPSE FOR COZUMEL: AN ADIE STURM MYSTERY by Anastasia Amor




·          284 pages
·        Publisher: Anna Brodt; New Edition edition (August 8, 2013)
·        Language: English
·        ISBN-10: 0991806263
·        ISBN-13: 978-0991806263

      Amazon Link


Blurb :

Sultry days and steamy nights—Cozumel. It was a simple enough plan but when murder and men are tossed into the mix, Adie Sturm’s life gets scrambled. Her missing friend is murder suspect “numero uno” but Adie knows different. When she starts digging, she finds that the dots connect straight to multi-millionaire Diego Alvarez.

In her investigation, Adie becomes the murderer’s target. Enlisting an ex-boyfriend’s help, Adie’s emotions somersault. Wolf Du Lac is a man like chocolate—creamy-rich and sinfully delicious. She doesn’t mind having his expertise in the bedroom, but follows her own instincts when it comes to the innocence of drop-dead sexy Diego. What she’s not prepared for is the intricate web of seduction he spins, just for her.

Adie is swept away into a dangerous cycle of events that spiral out of control before she confronts the murderer and chooses the man that captures her heart.

My Review:

I’ve decided to share my notes on this first Adie Sturm mystery. They’re quickie notes and very limited, well, I sort of got involved reading and forgot to make more.

***
Love a mystery, which starts with an unlocked door and police sirens. Let’s me witness how the heroine’s going to behave for rest of book. Adie’s spunky, funny, confident, and I like her.

I’m not sure about the character, Marg. I can’t help wonder if she’s as innocent as she’s letting on…could she really be so naïve?

You know I’m not a romance gal; however, the heat and connection between Adie and Wolf is connecting and even I can’t help but want them to get together.
***
As I said, I didn’t continue with making notes, I read.

Adie is also a little airy for me. Don’t get me wrong I like her, but she’s falling for two guys…the baddie or maybe-baddie, Diego and Wolf, which one is more dangerous and more not the best choice, I don’t know. Somehow she keeps getting into trouble and she’s not even the main one involved in the back-home-crime.

I did lose some connection to the exact nature of the crime and Marg’s part in it all. I wanted to know more about the backstory of Adie and Wolf, this actually felt missing.

There were a few plottings I wish were more fully explained, maybe have them move slower in the details. Ms. Amor does have the ability to bring in characters adding to the dimension of the story, adventure of the characters’ experiences, and as possible victims/villains. A few could have been dismissed. I’m also a little unsure of the connection to Adie’s confidants back home.

Sometimes not wanting to give away story and plot can get in the way of explaining one’s self. So, which plottings, which characters, and which connections…right? If I explained more, I know I’ll be letting too much out of the bag. You have to solve this mystery on your own…like I tried. I’m not exactly happy with the ending. Not totally convinced we had enough clues.

However, openings were left for more mixings and matchings and heat.

BTW, there is an attempted rape scene, more an attack with rape on the mind. Some heavy sexual scenes. Some mild language. All within context.

In the end, I’m glad to have visited A CORPSE FOR COZUMEL. I’m currently reading Adie’s second trip and adventure...DAYS OF THE DEAD.











Book information as well as book supplied by Publisher for my impartial review