Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Loose Lips - Rae Davies

Loose lips by Ray Davies
I stumbled across the Dusty Deals mystery series a couple of years ago now, after reading all of the titles already released, I've been waiting for the next book in the series, so I was very excited when Loose Lips came out. The series follows Lucy, owner of the antique shop Dusty Deals, who has an uncanny knack of falling over the recently deceased. In a 'serious' mystery series, I think that the amount of dead people she seems to find would be hard to believe at the very least, but in this light-hearted and fun series, it only adds to the humour. 

Lucy never really solves these mysteries, so much as stumbles around the clues, revealing what has happened more often by accident than design, but really that's part of its charm. With the help of her Alaskan Malamute (not a husky!) Kiska,

This time, Lucy's boyfriend, Peter, detective at the local police department is on her side and advising her against the new detective in the police station, who is a little more suspicious of Lucy's involvement in the mystery.

After a new coffee shop opens, run by coffee 'cuties' who seem to have a little side business running and have upset many of the local women, while the men seem very keen to take their custom there. Lucy decides to find out more about the appeal of this new business and in the process discovers the owner dead. Has long standing coffee shop taken the competition a little too seriously, or is something else going on?

The dusty deals series is a great, light-hearted read, when you're looking for something a little less serious. Although it does have the odd dead body, it doesn't have the dark overtones that some mystery books have. If you're looking for a fun read, then I'd highly recommend this series.