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Keri reviewed Moving is Murder (Mom Zone, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 6
Wow, I started this book and couldn't stop reading! It sucked me in right away. I loved the plot involving an Air Force wife (and new mother) trying to find out who murdered an acquaintance, while also trying to unpack after moving, and also getting used to base housing and new surroundings. It was a great read and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
First Line: Light bled across the horizon, but it was still night below the towering pines where the figure in black slipped up the driveway toward the slumbering house and slithered under the parked minivan.
Being an Air Force wife can mean a lot of moves in a short period of time-- like four times in five years. This time Ellie Avery has to do it with a newborn baby during a heat wave. Fortunately Ellie is a professional organizer, but one thing she and her husband Mitch didn't count on with all their careful planning is moving into an off-base neighborhood that's filled with fellow Air Force families. They were really wanting to get away from that, but it's just not going to happen. To top things off, Ellie finds the body of neighborhood activist Cass Vincent whose death-- police say-- was due to wasp stings, to which she was fatally allergic. But things don't add up to Ellie, and she begins to conduct her own investigation to find out what really happened to Cass.
Ellie is a likable young woman, but following her around can exhaust you. Trying to get settled in a new area, get acquainted with new people, get everything unpacked and in their proper places, keep her husband, baby, and the officers' wives happy all during a heat wave? Definitely not an easy assignment! Thankfully Ellie's organizing skills help make a few things smooth sailing because she's a natural-born nosy kind of person whose amateur investigative techniques are very crude and tend to put her in unnecessary danger.
This is a first book, and it shows a bit. The plot is slow to take off, but once it does, it fully engages interest. Ellie and Mitch are really the only two fully fleshed characters, although Rosett has set up some secondary characters well for future books. The appeal of this book is Ellie (who's bright and funny) and the insight it gives into the life of a military wife. I would also recommend Rosett's organizational tips for anyone who'll be moving: they're concise and chock-full of good sense. This first book and the series as a whole shows a lot of promise, and I'm looking forward to reading more about Ellie Avery.
This was a good book. It flowed well and the story was believable. The characters seem like people I had know somewhere in my past. The author held my attention with all the twist and turns in the main character's everyday life. I plan to read more by this author.
This book was okay for a cozy. There were some editting issues early on and that always leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I feel like it went a little longer than it needed to but I was completely shocked by who the murdered was.
Ellie Avery is a SAHM and an air force pilot's wife and she is very real and easy to relate to. Her sleuthing skills improve throughout the story.
I will definitely read the next one in the series, and I hope it's a little more exciting!
This was a good book overall. I liked the setting- the military base and the neighborhood where many of the military families live- since it is not a setting of any books I've read before. I found it to be believable, although many of the neighbors have secrets they want to keep hidden, which makes for a good mystery. I particularly enjoyed the way the heroine gets herself out of a jam at the end, as it fit in well with who she is. The only thing I did not love about this book is that there were a few sections I could skim several pages and not miss anything important. But I will be ordering the next in the series!
Amateur sleuthing by a military spouse, a murder, lots of suspects and moving to a new base assignment are some of the elements that make "Moving Is Murder" a great tale. Author Sara Rosett takes her experiences as a military wife and weaves a tale into that fabric that is rich and full of excitement, intrigue, action and enough plot twists and turns to keep you guessing as to who done it and why.
To say that I enjoyed it would be an understatement--I loved it! I think the little heart symbol on the book's front cover indicating that it is "A Mom Zone Mystery" might scare off some male readers--but never judge a book by its cover. It is a great read for men as well as women--murder is not gender biased. It was a pleasant surprise to me to find myself hooked on this story plot so quickly.
The book is well constructed and she has made good use of personal glimpses of the characters in the story; so we get to know the people in the story and get caught up in the action. Rosett has significant writing talent, that is a given; she delivers an entertaining and absorbing story.
Those in the military will enjoy reading about their lifestyle and be able to identify with the actions and situations that take place on and of base an Air Force Base. There is also a nice side benefit for military families reading the book because at the end of most all chapters there are moving tips thrown in. That may sound a little odd but trust me she makes it work and it keeps the flow of the mood and energy rolling along.