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Review – The Body on the Barstool by Lolli Powell

Review – The Body on the Barstool by Lolli PowellThe Body on the Barstool (A Top Shelf Mystery) by Lolli Powell
Published by Smashwords Edition on November 29th 2016
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 240
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


New Yorker Erica "Ricki" Fontaine's n'er-do-well uncle has dropped dead and left her a dive bar in a small Ohio River town. With a lousy apartment, less-than-promising job prospects, and even worse romantic ones, the inheritance comes at just the right time. Ricki packs up her cat and heads for the Buckeye State.
Now she's trying to change the Top Shelf from a bar known for its Friday night fights into the kind of drinking establishment where you can bring your granny. But finding her ex-husband dead on a barstool at opening time one morning just might put a kink in those plans.

Erica “Ricki” Fontaine has picked up everything from New York and moved to Ohio. She has inherited a bar from her Uncle who passed away. She is working hard to turn the once shady bar into something more respectable. A wrench gets thrown in her plans when she finds a body in her bar. It ends up being the body of her ex-husband. The police are suspicious of her involvement and Ricki wants to clear her name. As she digs into what happen she finds herself in a mystery that involves her uncle. Will Ricki be able to solve the murder before anybody else gets hurt?

In ” an Oyster Shell – It was a really intriguing mystery that will leave you wanting more.

The Pearls – The mystery was really satisfying. It was multi-layered and unexpected. It was an imaginative mystery that was well executed.

Ricki was a really strong character that had determination and perseverance. Though she could be gritty at times she had a caring heart. Her empathy helped her help others through the story. It was a great facet to the story.

The romance was delightful in the story. It ends up being a love triangle with two men trying for Ricki’s attention. It makes for delightful tension that adds another mystery to the story. Who will Ricki end up with?

The Sand – Though Ricki was a really outstanding character in many ways, she could be off-putting.

4.5 Pearls!

4.5 Stars

About Lolli Powell

write contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and will soon be releasing my first cozy mystery as Lolli Powell. I also write grittier mysteries and thrillers as Laurel Heidtman (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show…).

From Ohio originally, I now live with my husband, four dogs, and two cats on private land inside Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.

Goodreads wouldn’t let me add my blog feed because I’d already added it to my Laurel Heidtman profile, but if you’d like to read my posts, it’s at: www.ridgewriter.com.

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