Downward Facing Death by Michelle Kelly
Genres/Themes: Cozy Mystery, Yoga, Contemporary, Cooking, Romance
This was pretty…. boring.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
After ten years away, Keeley Carpenter is excited to be back in Belfrey, the traditional English village hometown she fled as a shy teen, with a plan to reopen her father’s neglected butcher shop as a yoga café, where she will sell delicious vegetarian food by day and teach yoga classes at night. However the more traditional residents of Belfrey do not take kindly to this idea-or really anything they deem even remotely “New Age-y.” Within an hour of her arrival, Keeley comes face to face with Detective Constable Ben Taylor, who tells her that someone has just tried to burn down her shop. When officers arrived to stop the blaze, a body was found upstairs. Horrified by this news, Keeley is also startled to be reintroduced to Ben as DC Taylor, as he was her high school crush. In spite of her instant attraction to him, Keeley is determined to keep Ben at arm’s length.
As she settles back in to Belfrey and makes plans for her opening day, she soon finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation. When Keeley starts being threatened herself, she realizes someone may be out to kill more than her business prospects – but can she and Ben find the culprit before it’s too late? A warm, intriguing cozy debut that includes recipes from Keeley’s café.
The background was interesting– returning home to open a Yoga Cafe, but the story was pretty cut and dry. The protagonist was a bit silly and ridiculous… Just tell the police! And when she thinks she might be overreacting SHE TOTALLY IS. Many characters tend to overreact, and there are no good female friendships.
I did find the mystery to be interesting and I really liked Jack and his pup. Keeley was not really likeable, for me.
This was not a difficult book to read and skimming it still kept me informed of what was going on– I would skip the baking and yoga scenes since I don’t care much about those. This is a cozy and pleasant book, but after reading intense books it was difficult to get into.
I will be reading the next one since I received it from Netgalley… kinda regretting it, but it doesn’t seem to be a horrible series so far, just not much to it.