April 13, 2016

Loved It: Picture Them Dead by Brynn Bonner

Series: A Family History Mystery 3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Cozy Mystery

As a professional genealogist, I’ve seen enough skeletons come dancing out of closets to get a respectable conga line formed up. But they’ve always been metaphorical skeletons.

Until today.

When genealogists Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier are called on by Detective Jenny Jeffers to help figure out who the corpse in the backyard of her father’s house is, they reluctantly agree. Known for figuring out the unusual, Sophreena and Esme do their best to uncover the mystery behind the corpse, and the glass coffin he’s buried in. Word soon spreads about the bizarre burial site, leading the people of Morningside to “adopt” the corpse and begin leaving mementos in memoriam for him. But when the body of a young woman is found near the memorial, the duo has another task on their hands: to dig into the past of the house’s previous owners. Could the clues to a recent murder finally help this soul rest in peace?

3.5 Cauldrons

PICTURE THEM DEAD by Brynn Bonner is one of those unsolicited arcs that happily made its way to my doorstep. I'm not familiar with BBonner and this series, but it's a cozy! I love cozies, it has the most eccentric and fun mix of characters and interest and I eagerly dove into the story.

  • The town of Morningside is your typical cozy small-town. Everyone knows everybody, history runs deep between the townsfolk, and the whole town meddles/help in some way when something peculiar happens. Like finding an unknown corpse in an otherwise farm property encased in a glass coffin. I promise s/he is no Snow White but people flocked to see this odd curiosity like it's some archaeological find.

  • Cozy mysteries usually involve some sort of career or hobby that would tie the crime to whoever is investigating it. I haven't met a genealogist investigator and I enjoyed this "something new". 

  • The "personal" side of the novel focused on Sophreena McClure and Esme Sabatier's somewhat tense relationship. I didn't feel the chemistry between the two, they seem to be opposites and not in a complementary way. 

  • I liked the story behind the corpse, but the tension pertaining to its mystery and resolution is tepid. I didn't feel the threat that the investigation posed to the family of the corpse as implied. 

PICTURE THEM DEAD might not have kept me at the edge of my seat, still it's a good story to get lost in for a few hours. It didn't thrill me or had me laughing in stitches but it didn't bore me either. PICTURE THEM DEAD is one of those easy reads, perfect for lazy days.


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  1. I need romance. This doesn't sound like it has any, but I can appreciate all its quirks. :)

  2. I always love a book like that, cozy, fun, light and all

  3. thanks for sharing! sometimes random ARCs end up being good reads. I do want to read more cozies!


  4. I don't read many cozies, but I like the set up of this one from what you're saying.

  5. Braine I save good cozies for those times between the hot romance and chilling thrillers. Thanks this will definitely be on my list!

  6. I haven't read a cozy mystery in so long! This sounds cute though I have to admit I want to be at the edge of my seat when I reading a mystery novel of any kind.
    Great review!

  7. I haven't read a cozy with a genealogist either, that is definitely unique.

  8. This sounds like a good book when you're really in the mood for one like this.

  9. Do you think I'd like this one Braine? :)

  10. I love cozies! This sounds like a lot of fun! Today I had to price cozies at the bookstore and it really got me in the mood. I'll have to pick one up soon.

  11. Annd I am curious about the corpse. This sounds like a great cozy :)

  12. Glad you loved this! I do love me a great cozy mystery.

  13. It's nice when those surprise books work out. It sounds fun. I really need to read more of this genre.

  14. I'll send my sister this way since she's becoming dangerous with the Amazon one click. Lol. This sounds like something she'd like.

  15. It definitely sounds quirky - a corpse in a glass coffin?!? I've never read a cozy, Braine, but I'm very happy something showed up on your doorstep unexpectedly and you enjoyed it! :D


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