Today’s Cozy Read is a mystery by K.M. Morgan called The Deadly Real Estate Affair. All of Morgan’s Daisy McDare Cozy Creek Mystery books begin with “The Deadly” and end with “Affair” and there are at least 8 of them to date although this is the first I’ve read. I couldn’t find any information as to whether K.M. Morgan is male or female but I suspect KM is the latter. Perhaps I’m stereotyping but without pictures or a definite fact (like a pronoun) the author is left open to that.
Daisy McDare lives in Cozy Creek, British Columbia, Canada within a day’s travel from the better-known Vancouver. Daisy is an interior decorator who, as is pointed out several times in this story, always has bodies popping up around her. Dead bodies.
This story is not only cozy but very lightweight. If you are a fan of more substantial mystery stories (like Brother Cadfael, Thomas Chaloner, even Mrs. Jeffries or The Cat Who series), this book will not be for you. Daisy loves cupcakes, loves her work, and loves that she seems to have found a boyfriend, Gavin, who is willing to compromise and put her own needs ahead of his own likes and dislikes at least some of the time. Her best friend Samantha Johnson owns a bakery called the Sweet Tooth, the “premier dessert destination in Cozy Creek”. Granny Annie seems to work there although she’s described as being retired but she always seems to be there and moves back and forth to and from the kitchen as if she belongs. Two days before the prologue, Daisy begins work decorating the model home for Majestic Estates, being built by Stinson & Sons Construction.
When Daisy arrives, she is witness to a huge verbal knock-down drag-out fight between Mr. Stinson and a family friend of Daisy’s, foreman Patrick Potter. Potter is fired, and after Daisy leaves her car and speaks briefly with Potter, she enters the sales office for Majestic Estates only to witness angry remarks against Stinson by one of his sons and the receptionist, followed by several more angry fights involving Mr. Stinson and family members throughout the day. He certainly knew how to make enemies. The next day, he was found dead on the construction site, strangled, and, although there is no limit to people with motives, Patrick Potter is the prime suspect.
This book is not my cup of tea. I found many of the discussions laborious and repetitive and there were lots of things that bothered me. There was so much about Daisy’s relationship with Gavin and yet the book is more than half over before we’re told that he’s a P.I. Daisy takes on a decorating job but doesn’t ask about her budget. Then she spends most of a day “decorating” the model home and yet there’s no evidence that any furniture has been delivered or painters hired to come in, only that she had dropped off a few accessories the afternoon before — things that would fit into her car. For me, there just wasn’t enough substance — character development, plot twists, reality. It might be fine for an inclement weather day with feet up and a hot chocolate but there are many other books on my list I’d rather spend time with. * *
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