Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Murder on the Rocks by Allyson K. Abbott

This is Book 1 in the “A Mack’s Bar Mystery”. The female main character – Mack – was easy to sympathize with and like right away. She has a condition called synesthesia. Apparently, this is it’s a condition that affects the senses so that they don’t respond normally. The person will taste or see sounds, hear or fell smells, etc. It was a little difficult to understand at first but I found it very interesting. The most useful aspects of her condition came into play with Mack being able to tell when something has been changed in a room or an object moved. Since she’s able to tell if something’s “off” when somebody’s speaking, she’s also a human lie detector. I also liked that there was a double mystery to solve – the death of Mack’s father months before, and the more recent murder of Ginny. Technically there was a third mystery as well – the sabotage of Mack’s bar. All the mysteries kept me interested up until the very end. I enjoyed Mack’s regular bar patrons as secondary characters and suspects. I loved the relationship and potential love interest between Mack and Duncan Albright. So many times in mysteries with a female sleuth and male cop love interest, the cop will come off as very condescending. That was not the case in this mystery. Albright was a great guy and listened to Mack and took her and her abilities seriously. I hope their relationship continues and is able to progress. The ending and solution to the mystery was satisfying and believable. I found this book highly entertaining and look forward to the next book in the series.

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