Browsing through the countless books on my e-reader, I recently opened up An Affair to Dismember, the first book in the Matchmaker Mysteries series by Elise Sax. Light romance and mystery are one of my favorite combinations.
Description (on Amazon)
Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her Grandma Zelda–who is more than a little psychic– recruits her into the family’s matchmaking business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. What’s more, Gladie is also highly unqualified, having a terrible track record with romance. Still, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has her clairvoyant “gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.
When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head–with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued–either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?
This is a light and entertaining read with quirky characters and a healthy dose of humor. Gladie was fun, though her actions were not always reasonable or realistic and often got her into trouble. Turns out learning to be a matchmaker is a challenge and a vocation that is sure to present the potential for humorous situations. Some of her Grandma’s tips at the start of each chapter are priceless.
If you are looking for a serious traditional mystery or a sweet romance, this is not the book for you. But, if you are in the mood to laugh out loud and forget your troubles for a few hours, then this book fits the bill.
Note: If you are offended by the use of profanity, this book might not be for you.