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“Death by Curiosity” by Lisa Matthews

4/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Mystery is definitely not one of the genres I read often—or at all, for the most part. I’m not quite sure why I don’t read them; after all, I’m the daughter of a police officer and I enjoy watching true crime shows in my free time. So I was very surprised when I was offered an ARC in the mystery genre. Out of curiosity, I accepted it and I am very glad that I did.

               I’m not sure what I was expecting, but a light-hearted, mystery comedy was definitely not it. Comedy is also a genre I do not read often. I don’t think this book is actually considered a comedy but it was definitely funny enough to be one!

               Armitage Black is a nosy human being, so when a series of bizarre murders happens in her relatively peaceful small town, she all too quickly gets wrapped up in figuring out what exactly is going on. When a man is caught dumping one of the bodies, he claims he was made to do it by a witch. Obviously Armitage knows witches can’t exist—so she can’t help but wonder how this supposed witch is pulling all of this off. With her adorable black lab, Squidge, and her best friend, Angie, Armitage begins her personal investigations on the “witch”, making a certain grumpy police officer very upset.

               Needless to say, Armitage gets herself into some very dangerous situations. And yet she just can’t stop wanting to know how this “witch” is pulling all of this off. The result is extremely comical. Between her crazy ideas and the way she drove everyone else around her nuts with her constant meddling, I was laughing out loud on numerous occasions during this book! I’m pretty sure the title of this book is going to be written on Armitage’s tombstone one day!

               The actual mystery behind the whole thing was also interesting to follow. The characters had the difficult job of finding out how Elodia, the witch, was making what she did seem magical. Watching them piece it together, and more specifically, watching Armitage do some crazy things to figure it out, was really fun and also really clever on the author’s part!

               If you’re looking for something entertaining and funny to read, I’d suggest taking the time to read this book! It’s a light-hearted and hysterical story about a nosy girl getting way too involved in a beyond bizarre murder case—what’s not to love? Personally, I might have to start looking into this genre a bit more, considering that I really liked this book! (Luckily, this book appears to be a series so I’m excited to see what stupid crazy things Armitage gets herself into in the next one!)


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