Thursday, February 16, 2017

Release Day Blitz for Poison My Pretty by Amity Allen

Poison My Pretty
Amity Allen

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Date of Publication: February 15, 2017


Word Count: 50,000

Cover Artist: Rachel Olson at No Sweat Graphics

Book Description:

As soon as Poppy Parker turns 21, the star of a popular TV show about witch detectives discovers she has supernatural powers off the set as well as on. When the show is canceled, she returns home to figure out how to harness the magic brewing inside her.

Freaked out by these recent paranormal gifts, Poppy just wants to fit in, so when she’s asked to serve as a judge for the annual Bloomin’ Belles youth beauty competition she readily agrees.

But when the pageant’s snooty director drops dead and Poppy’s friend is arrested,
the former TV sleuth sets out to uncover the real killer, only to find…
the business of beauty can be deadly.


Skylar’s twin
sister Mads called while I was driving to the convention center. “Are you
really going over there? I can’t believe they’re going to continue this
“So you heard
about the murder?”
“Yeah. Skylar
told me last night when she got home. It’s awful.”
“Yes, but you
know how it is. The show must go on! Surely you can’t be that surprised.” I was
only beginning to understand the importance of these competitions to their
participants, and I could picture pageant moms dragging their glitzed-up
toddlers over the dead bodies of fallen competitors. The way zombies climbed
over each other to get to the top of the pile in movies—only prettier.
“Are they sure
it was a murder? She didn’t just have a heart attack or something?” I could
hear the anxiety creeping into Mads’ voice, and I didn’t blame her. Our little
town was supposed to be safe. Murders didn’t happen here. That was the sort of
thing that happened in the city across the bridge, not in our sleepy little
bedroom community.

“That’s what
they said, Mads, but I don’t think you need to worry. If it was a murder, you
can bet it was personal. Certainly not the doin’s of a mad man or a serial
killer. If Heather Morgan was murdered, it was by somebody who knew her and had
something to gain from her death. This was no a random act of violence.”

My Review:
I am giving this book 3 1/2 stars I am choosing this rating for a few different reasons. The book seems to have been well thought out. The writing was well done. There were very few editing mistakes. I was a bit bored at times while reading when some of the reactions to things like the murder were a unrealistic at first. I did also have a problem with the fact that Poppy just found out she had magical powers and just put them off instead of diving in with both feet. The second half of the book is a lot more interesting then the first half I have to admit. I think I wasn't as thrilled with this book because of the expectations I had for it when I chose it. I was hoping for more of a Witch book then a full on mystery. So that is more my fault then the book itself. 

The book is about Poppy who's television show had been cancelled and she comes back home to decide where to go next with her life. As a way of fitting back into her home town she decides to judge a children's beauty contest when asked to. During the contest the Lady in charge so to speak, suddenly dies.  Poppy's friend is arrested and charged with her murder. Poppy takes it upon herself to investigate the murder and get her friend off. 

About the Author:

Amity grew up reading every mystery she could get her hands on, burning through everything by Agatha Christie in record time and wanting to be Nancy Drew when she grew up. After writing books in other genres for the past few years, she's finally come home to her true love - cozy mysteries.

Amity and her husband live in L.A. (lower Alabama) with a houseful of teenagers and a half dozen pets. Besides books, Amity's favorite things are football, needlepoint, fried shrimp, and sweet tea.

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