Release Date: Aug 22, 2017
Series: A Twin Sisters Mystery
Imprint: Lyrical Press
Identical twin sisters Sunny Taylor and Eve Vaughn are both divorced and jointly own a home repair and remodeling business along the Louisiana bayou. They’re hired by their friend Dave Price to fix up his newly purchased fishing camp and both Eve and Sunny would love for their professional relationship with Dave to become a little more personal. However, when Eve, Sunny, and Dave find a dead body in the house at Dave’s new camp, any plans for remodeling or for romance must be put on hold until Sunny and Eve can prove Dave is innocent of murder.
This is the second book in a new series, but the first I’ve read by this author. There are many cozy mysteries featuring sisters, but I love the idea that the main characters in this series are identical twins. Although they look alike, their personalities are very different. Eve is a man-hungry Southern belle who would be right at home with Blanche Devereaux from The Golden Girls. Sunny is more reserved and although she loves her sister, even though she doesn’t always love what she does. Eve makes no secret about her interest in Dave, but Sunny keeps her feelings for him secret while they’re dealing with murder and Eve is adjusting to her daughter, son-in-law, and new grandson moving away. While this is noble of Sunny, having this fact hang over them throughout the whole book gets old.
The book is based on a great fun premise, but unfortunately, the characters are so exaggerated and over-the-top, they don’t seem like real people at all. Sunny’s habit of singing Christmas carols when she’s scared seems silly and irritating instead of quirky and fun. I had hoped the twins’ mother would be more involved in the investigation. Although Sunny and Eve rush in and out of Miriam’s assisted living home throughout the book, they rarely have a real conversation with her, and so the reader doesn’t have the chance to get to know her.
The remodeling business and bayou setting are interesting, as is the idea of having twins for the main characters. The plot of the book is good and it is fast-paced as Sunny and Eve investigate to find the real murderer. I think the series has promise if the characters could become more realistic giving the reader characters they can care about and to keep their outsized personalities and foibles from overpowering the book.