I have not read any of her other books so I cannot compare this to any of N.M. Kelby's other 3 books. This is one of the most refreshing mysteries that I have read in awhile. This is not one of the niche-cozies that seem to be everywhere (not that I don't enjoy those as well). Not that it doesn't have a food connection. Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar & Grill has it's own BBQ sauce. The characters are well written, the mystery is just that (she lets out just enough to keep you interested; keep you guessing).
Danni Keene slasher queen is an interesting protagonist. I mean that in a good way. I want to be her friend, I want to hang-out in her Tiki bar - drinking Key lime pie martinis (ingredients are listed in the book, but no recipe), even if I do have to wait until 'Wheel of Fortune' is over to have someone to sit next to. The Buddha-quoting bluesman, Jimmy Ray, is someone else I really enjoyed getting to know. Laguna Key itself is a character in this book.
Not only is the story inside terrific, but look at that cover! You can't tell me that those colors don't scream the Florida Keys. I will definitely look for Mrs. Kelby's other books and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel to Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar & Grill.
I have to admit I picked this book up because the title jumped out at me, and then I was sold by the cover. I go against conventional wisdom and do, in fact, judge a book by its cover. At first this book was a little too kooky for me, I mean a guy with small wings on the base of his spine, really? It took me a while to actually get into the book, but once I did I got swept up in the story and actually starting caring about the main characters and what would become of them. I also couldn't help thinking this would make for a great movie, let's see if the Hollywood executives agree with me. All in all, a fun read, and definitely unlike anything you've ever read before.