Dead in the Alley
by Sharon Michalove
July 18 - August 12, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
When Bay Bishop's husband was murdered in the alley behind their northern Michigan restaurant, she thought she'd lost the love of her life.
Now she's a suspect.
And her high-school boyfriend, who left her broken-hearted years ago, is one of the detectives on the case.
This is a murder mystery for readers who like the plot to center more on relationships than the actual mystery and investigation into it. Bay and Greg, a detective focusing on drug cases but also involved in the murder investigation, have a relationship. Bay has a strained relationship with her parents and often siblings as well. Much of the narrative deals with these relationships, almost to the point of the murder mystery taking a back seat.
I did not find the characters engaging. Bay was over reactionary and treated her friend rather poorly at times. She had difficulties with her family and did not seem to be willing to meet them half way. I found I liked her sisters though. Greg was also over reactionary, especially for a man. And I really didn't like the idea of him having a sexual relationship with someone involved in the case, even if no longer a suspect.
There was lots of information in the book about different types of bicycles. The food descriptions made my mouth water. I did find the emphasis on relationships distracting as I prefer a focus more on solving the murder mystery.
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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In graduate school, she met and married the love of her life. They shared a love of music, theater, travel and cats. He died in 2013.
Sharon also loves hockey, reading, cooking, writing, and various less elevated activities like eating cookies and sampling gins and single malts. After spending most of her life in a medium-sized university town she moved back to Chicago in 2017 so she could go to more Blackhawks games and spend quality time at Eataly. In 2021 she accomplished a lifetime goal by publishing her first novel. Unfortunately her other lifetime goal, to be English, is likely to remain unfulfilled.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)