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Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: An Affair to Dismember by Elise Sax

Release Date: January 29th, 2013
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place: She’s always been a temp agency kind of girl, ever ready to move on. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. Gladie is also highly unqualified: Her beloved grandmother’s business is matchmaking, and Gladie has a terrible track record with romance. Still, despite evidence to the contrary, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the 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?
I don't really read many mystery books and, to be honest, I'm not really sure why. On the occasion that I do pick one up, I almost always end up enjoying it. An Affair to Dismember was no different. Gladie's life isn't exactly what she'd thought it would be, but while staying at her grandmother's home, she's managed to get comfortable. Mostly. Trying to become a matchmaker like her grandmother isn't easy, especially when Gladie seems to find trouble more than she finds love matches.
The patriarch of the family that lives across the street from her grandmother has died, and for some reason the other members of that family are convinced that Gladie is the one to prove it wasn't actually an accident. She's hesistant at first, but it doesn't take long for her curiosity to get the best of her and she begins to investigate, at the behest of the hot new sheriff in town. Gladie can't seem to stay away from trouble, so he's finding it hard to stay away from Gladie, though as the story goes on, it becomes increasingly obvious that he isn't sure he wants to stay away.  And, of course, there is the mysterious and hot new neighbor who is almost instantly interested in getting to know Gladie better. He always seems to be around when he's needed, but no one really knows anything about him or where he's come from.
Hilarity, hijinks, twists and turns abound in this fun, romantic mystery. There are a lot of things going on in the little town of Canne, California and quite a quirky bunch of people that populate it. I have to say, I suspected almost everyone at least once while I was reading, and for me that is the sign of a good mystery. So if you're a fan of mystery novels, or even if you aren't, An Affair to Dismember is an incredibly funny and fun read. I can't wait to dive in to book two!

 Be Sure to check out the rest of the series!
Matchpoint (Book Two): Available now! 
Love Game (Book Three): Releases February 25th, 2014

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