Death by Broken Heart by Candy Little
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Little’s latest release, the mystery/romance novella, Death by Broken Heart. Having loved her first book, The Unwilling Bride, I knew I’d enjoy it, even if it was a very different genre. I wasn’t wrong.
There are LOTS of things different about this book, as compared to Bride. For starters, there’s a dead body on the scene within the first couple of chapters. Bailey Rhodes, the prodigal daughter of a very small everyone-kn0ws-everyone kind of town, returns home from her busy job as a private investigator in New York City… just in time to find that body. Is it an accident that the most hated man in town is laying at the bottom of a ledge? Or was it murder?
Bailey teams up with her high school sweetheart–who broke her heart and caused her to run away in the first place. Even so, he’s the last person she would suspect to be involved in a murder… so why does he end up a prime suspect? Bailey has to find a way to clear his name and find the truth, all without suffering another broken heart.
Little manages the aspects of both the romance and mystery components of this book expertly. We get a little bit of each in nearly every scene, so there’s never a dull moment of this story. It’s short and sweet, but still manages to take you down enough wrong turns and twisting roads to keep you guessing. I had my ideas of who it was, but Little fooled me on more than one occasion! And not just with the mystery, either. Her romance plot, a nice neat bow on the entire novella, unfolds at just the right pace.
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Rating: PG-13. There’s not much in the way of smokin’ hot love, although the tension is palpable between Bailey and Randy. Still, there’s a dead body, so… it’s not exactly G-rated material either.
Recommendation: Curl up with this one for a sitting or two and you’ll have the whole thing read. Once it gets going, you won’t want to put it down! It’s the perfect way to keep warm inside during that next snowstorm.
Re-read: Because it’s so short, you may want to pick it up again sometime. Keep it handy for a re-read to pick up on all the subtle clues.