This fun story provides a madcap adventure that has several levels of frenzy taking place on the picturesque island that is home to a multitude of idiosyncratic individuals. The misfortunes plaguing the upcoming nuptials between Evie’s partner Rudy and the mother of sexy police chief Nate Sutter should pale in contrast to the murder investigation, but somehow both crises keep ramping up in intensity. The bicycles that are painted and named appropriately zip in and out of the story, adding another quirky dimension to the madhouse, and the long-suffering horse Shakespeare is a wonderful twist. I am always fascinated by the way this author can turn the somber concept of murder into a laugh-out-loud series of misadventures that still manage to solve the case, and her memorable characters provide great entertainment as slapstick situations prevail. One could read this as a stand-alone story, but there are so many things that get clearer when one starts from the beginning so I recommend that “Geared for the Grave” be read first. I am happy not to have a craving for fudge at the end of “Braking for Bodies”, but now I have an intense desire to find some lilacs to scent the room!
“Braking for Bodies” by Duffy Brown is a cozy mystery that is the second book in the ‘Cycle Path’ series. Evie Bloomfield is settling into life on Mackinac Island and trying to handle both her maid of honor duties for her business partner’s soon-to-be bride and deal with the craziness of the Lilac Festival. Naturally, she supports her best friend Fiona when the woman’s hated former boss shows up unexpectedly, but that support will require a bit more fortitude and ingenuity when Fiona becomes a murder suspect and the visiting tourists need to be convinced that they are indeed part of a murder mystery weekend.
Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal—in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of Geared for the Grave.
Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.
But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name...