4 out of 4 stars
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Kathleen Hering presents the first book in her Quirky Mystery series. Can I Kill Him Now? is a novel that combines mystery with a generous dose of humor.
Ellie and Clarke divorced after she discovered evidence that he was buying chocolates for another woman. The moving van came to cart away the last of Clarke’s possessions. Ellie happily loads more heavy items into the truck after the driver tells her that Clarke will pay for the move by the pound! The house looks empty, and Ellie thinks she finally has weeded Clarke out of her life. Trish, her neighbor and best friend, offers to host a divorce party for her.
All too soon, the bloom is off the rose. Clarke went missing, and his dead body turned up under a pile of mulch at Ellie’s garden shop. Ellie quickly emerges as the prime suspect. Wasn’t she overheard spreading the idea that she wanted to kill Clarke? If she can prove her innocence, will she fertilize the suspicion already directed towards her daughter? Can Ellie and Trish cultivate their investigative skills to thin out some of the suspects?
Kathleen Hering offers readers an entertaining novel with a superb balance between mystery and humor. You will find yourself chuckling as you turn the pages to try to uncover the culprit. Hering teases several different suspects until the surprise ending reveals the truth.
This quirky mystery occurs in Oregon. The author did a thorough job of researching the area and beautified the story with precise descriptions of the flowering plants endemic to this area. These descriptions of the beauties of nature contrasted with the difficulties and frustration Ellie felt as she dealt with her divorce.
The third-person omniscient point of view worked well for this story. The author helps the reader understand the reasoning of all the possible suspects. Each character reveals their suspicions of whom they perceive to be the guilty party.
I enjoyed the friendship between Ellie and Trish. We all wish for a friend like Trish. These two friends laugh and cry, vent, connive and comfort each other. I also delighted in the choice of the characters’ names. Bambi and Bunny provide ample material for delightful puns. I couldn’t find anything I disliked about this book. The author kept me laughing and guessing about the antagonist all the way to the end.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The editing of the book was well done, and there were only a few misspelled words that did not affect the reading flow. Adult readers in the mood for a lighthearted read will be rewarded with an intriguing mystery and some stress-relieving laughter. Readers who are sensitive to stories that deal with divorce might not enjoy this book.
Can I Kill Him Now?
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