Book review: 'A Biscuit, a Casket' has good story but disappointing cast

Special to The Idaho StatesmanMarch 16, 2014 


    by Liz Mugavero; Kensington ($7.99)

Publisher's synopsis: The small town of Frog Ledge, Conn., has wholeheartedly embraced Kristan "Stan" Connor's new business - preparing quality organic treats for dogs and cats.

On a healthy diet, the animals may live longer - but one local farmer won't be so lucky. As Halloween approaches, Stan is asked to cater a doggie costume party hosted by the Happy Cow Dairy Farm. Part of a local co-op, Happy Cow specializes in organic dairy products, and farmers Hal and Emmalee Hoffman have started opening up the farm for parties, offering a "haunted" corn maze as an added attraction.

When Hal's lifeless body is found in the maze, the police at first suspect his wife, but Stan soon learns the dairy farmer had plenty of enemies - from bitter family members to shady business associates.

My take: The story is technically well-written, but despite the author's skill, I did not find the characters to be embraceable.

I feel the author did not take the time to create an emotional connection between the heroine and the reader, and therefore I was only casually interested in Stan's trials throughout the book.

More than once I found myself scanning the text, almost in the manner of reading a news article. In my opinion, unless I invest emotionally in a book, reading it is a waste of time.

This book is at best pablum - nothing offensive and nothing enticing.

My rating: 2 out of 5

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