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It is summer time and your beach- read is not going to be some long-winded tome on butterflies, mosses, or goldfinches and the people who explore these topics.

 

Image from Chick Lit Plus

Image from Chick Lit Plus

Really, who wants to read five hundred pages when there is a wonderful breeze slipping past as the sun dances on the waves of the water? And that drink at your side might have a little extra kick in it.

 

I am ready for something light-weight and fun when Chick Lit Plus sent me a copy of Tax Cut by Michelle Lynn Seigfried.

 

This is Seigfried’s second novel featuring single-mom Chelsea Alton, a New Jersey municipal clerk who won a settlement against her former employer for unsafe working conditions. This has allowed her to stay home with her adorable 2-year-old girl. But the settlement is getting low and while being at home is great, Chelsea is starting to miss work.

 

When she gets a call from a friend alerting her to a job opening, well, she decides to jump on it. Mom and Dad are retired and willing to babysit the adorable granddaughter. Things progress at work but as Chelsea settles in, she begins to notice funny things. They are not connected until chips and pieces appear to fit  it all together with disappearing residents, ramblings of a woman with dementia, and bosses seen talking to people they shouldn’t be otherwise.

 

Then there is the subplot of the potential boyfriend. He is a single dad and a great kisser. But Chris cannot seem to make a relationship work from a perfectly willing woman who is crazy about him.

 

Image from Chick Lit Plus

Image from Chick Lit Plus

I found Tax Cut to be an interesting novel that is a perfect vacation read. Want a little time to yourself then go and hang out with Chelsea and her friend, Bonnie. Bonnie is everything a side kick needs to be; she is sassy, confident, and not without a few resources and connections. She works well with Chelsea whether it is in the office with a crude co-worker or checking out why a former employee left.

 

While the pacing could have been a little tighter, it did not stop me from enjoying the book. Plus, I am very familiar with the mom routines that show up so I felt as if I was someplace I already knew. When we finally get to the action, let me just say it goes very quick. But it is an end that satisfy, especially for those of you with a boss you hated.

 

Would I read it again? That is always my big question and the answer is yes. On those days when I am gifted with some time to myself, I am willing to hang out with Chelsea and Bonnie once more.

 

To Purchase Tax Cut (Jersey Shore Mystery Series #2):

 Amazon:  http://t.co/dZvYKmEy51

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tax-cut-michele-seigfried/1117789686?ean=9781494215330

To Purchase Red Tape (Jersey Shore Mystery Series #1):

Amazon:  http://t.co/asOvRiAD9J

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/red-tape-michele-seigfried/1115098453?ean=9781482012880

Finding a book for this month’s challenge for the Chick Lit Challenge was difficult.

I am a mystery fan as well as a chick lit fan. I became an adult during the Nora Ephron era of great romantic comedy films.

That means I expect a lot from my books and movies. I want crisp dialogue, commentary on pop culture, and sincerity from the main characters.

After a recent visit to my mother’s house, I came back with a pile of books. She belongs to a mystery book club and gets three new mysteries every month. These mysteries tend to have women as the lead characters. I thought for sure I would find something in the pile. There was a book about a woman finding her husband who disappeared and a grad student who solved mysteries in between classes. And yet none of them made me excited.

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Then I get to the latest Biscuit McKee mystery,  Indigo As An Iris by Fran Stewart.

What I like about this series is that it feels like a small town in the way people interact with each other. I would say this town has a population of about 2,000 – 3,000 people judging by the variety of businesses it can support. Biscuit is the librarian who came to the town a few years back and married the police chief. I am not sure if she solves the mysteries as much as she is our eyes and ears, our entry into the small town in Georgia.

In this book, we learn that some one has been kidnapped. It is a woman with beautiful hair and the possible candidates start piling up – figuratively not  literally. But it takes a while to reveal the motive and the acts of bravery amidst real life happenings of dying spouses and sibling arguments. And then there is the cat who manages to tie everything and everyone together. You cannot help but begin to love Marmalade who seems to know when things are happening very far away.

That is what I love about this series.

What I do not love are some of the stupid comments made by Marmy to appear as if she is always involved or how much others comment on how it appears the cat is replying to or asking various questions. Sometimes the action is slow in a bad way of slow. The topper is Biscuit’s husband Bob always saying “woman” when he talks to her. I hate it and it sounds derogatory although it is meant differently. We are told to make allowances for Bob because he is a Vietnam vet who still gets nightmares. I try but that “woman” thing gets on my nerves.

For those looking for a book set in a small town, for those who do not mind a slow pace meant to mimic a small southern town, for those who can handle the slow burn this is the book you have been looking for.

Right about now I am looking for a quickly paced action-adventure story.

What are you reading this month?