Hook, Line and Stinker (Lily Thistle Cozy Mystery, #1)

Hook, Line and Stinker (Lily Thistle Cozy Mystery, #1)

by Maggie West

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BN ID: 2940153182766
Publisher: Maggie West
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Series: Lily Thistle Cozy Mystery , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 219,132
File size: 344 KB

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Hook, Line and Stinker (Lily Thistle Cozy Mystery, #1) 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lily seemed to be too child-like for her age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why Lily moved from Portland. She didn't seem happy with the move or her job or the people or the children she was to teach. She also seemed as though she was out of it, rahther than an intelligent teacher, as well as sounding like a teen hot for the body of the chief of police. LL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lily has a low opinion of everyone in the small town. She belittles them all and lusts after the police chief in this unbelievable story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Multiple annoying editing errors. The main character is not likeable - she is a school teacher in her 40's who moved to this small town to be near her family whom she visits everal times a year. However; she is condescending towards the locals and their traditions, and appears to know nothing about about the area - yet she couldn't wait to move and has been there several times over many years. I'm stunned by her snarky attitude towards teaching, quite a lot of this story is dedicated to descriptions of her teaching job. Her behavior is appalling, complete with sarcasm and much eye rolling aimed at co-workers, children and parents. It made me wonder if the author has never had elementary age children, or just has a poor attitude towards teachers. Either way - any parent reading this would never in a million years wish to have someone like her be around their child. She behaves like a drooling teenager around the Chief of Police with multiple sexual references. Much of the dialogue was just plain unbelievable. The murder investigation consisted of listening to gossip. No swearing, no gore. Irritating and annoying read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book
CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Uneven. This book is readable, and has a decent plot with potential, but it has a jarring unevenness to it that makes it hard for me to recommend it to others. First of all - and this is not just for this cozy author but others as well - why oh why does every protagonist have to be so perfect? And every love interest has to have a chiseled jaw, perfect hair, perfect body and so on? Can't we ever just have regular people as the main characters? It's formulaic and annoying. I am really getting tired of these stereotypical characters. As for this book in particular, it starts out ok, and interestingly enough, but as soon as the 2 local cops show up (one is gorgeous, and the other is a regular "typical" cop, I guess), it becomes annoying. The protagonist immediately starts judging the "non gorgeous" cop, and practically makes wedding plans for herself and the other cop. She spends an inordinate amount of time lusting after this chief of police character (the gorgeous cop), and what I mean by that is the book at that point takes up several long pages of descriptions of this man and the protagonists innermost thoughts about the cop's body and so on. It really goes on far too long - half a page would have sufficed. The book drifts off on this tangent several more times in the story, and it's distracting. It's almost as if the author had some kind of word count she had to meet. The protagonist is sometimes amusing, but most often her thoughts reflect someone who makes snap judgments about everyone she meets (which are usually not good ones), and she violates social norms on a regular basis because she feels she has to solve a murder of someone whose body she found (and it's ridiculous for the chief of police to alternate between giving her information about the case so she can "help" and then reminding her she's a suspect - even though, as a newcomer to town, she has absolutely no motive to kill the person). In one scene, where she is alone with someone she suspects is the murderer, she grabs a basket the guy was looking for (which had baked goods for the murdered guy's wake, oh who by the way was this "suspect's" brother) and starts haranguing him about his brother's death - while they are alone in a classroom. She threatens the guy and then takes a muffin from the basket to munch on before releasing it so he can take it to the wake (while she smirks to herself). That's not funny, it's boorish. And accusing someone of murdering their brother on the day of the funeral is just bullying. AND doing it while alone with the "murderer" is also very stupid. I decided I really didn't like her at all then. Of course, she solves the case, and has to explain it all to cute-but-stupid chief of police. It's all conjecture, and it's clear that the police have to actually look into her theories, but the book ends there. Now that she's not a murder suspect, she and the chief can date. Never mind that the book could have used at least another chapter to tie up all the loose ends the author ends up leaving around. I wanted to like this book but it needs a huge re-write. Oh and the last 10 pages have many spelling and grammar errors, so I guess even the editor gave up on the book at that point. Not worth the time to read, really.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book. I can't wait to read the next one.