As a long time fan of mysteries, there are a few things that are important to me when I read one. First, I want original characters that I can care about who are also realistic and believable. I want a storyline that is keeps both the action and the suspense going. I don’t want to be distracted by needless details, but I also don’t want to know “whodunit” halfway through the book. I most certainly want to enjoy the journey. Peace, Love, and Murder delivers on all counts.
The story elements are original and intriguing, combining hippies, communes, cab drivers and murder. This unlikely combination sets the stage for a delightful mystery. It is an enjoyable story with interesting characters that are neither stereotypic nor predictable. The storyline keeps both the action and the suspense going, and it held my interest all the way through.
Ms. Holzner writes with an exceptionally clear voice and in a style that is a delight to read. The main character’s background gives the novel an interesting twist. I found myself wanting to know more about these characters (especially Bo and Trudy), and am looking forward to the sequel.
This is not yet available as a Kindle or eBook version and no word yet on when or if it will be available in those formats.
The author is also coming out with the first book in an urban fantasy series, Deadtown, at the end of this year. If Peace, Love and Murder is any indication of her fiction writing talent, Deadtown should be a most enjoyable read, one I am looking forward to.
You can read more about Nancy Holzner on her blog. There, she provides some interesting tips and insights into her own writing process.
Disclaimer: An advance reading copy of this book was provided by the author. My opinions are strictly my own and not influenced by being provided a copy of the book.