Jess Lea: A Curious Woman

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Jess Lea s A Taste of Her Vol 2 is one of the very few anthologies of short stories that I ve given five stars to because every story was great Her first novel didn t disappoint either Margaret Gale is a severe woman from her dress her dealings with her staff the way she uns her museum to the way she interacts with her community Her staff members are terrified of her but she genuinely believes her mentorship will make them better curators Bess Campbell works at a nearby gallery of curiosities un by a flamboyant hipster who thrives of controversy Bess desperately wants to get hold of an unusual antiuity to display in their gallery but unfortunately it s in storage at the Maritime Museum un by Margaret Gale Because Margaret efuses to acknowledge or eturn Bess calls Bess decides to turn up at the museum without an appointment Margaret is uite intrigued by this woman who isn t cowered by her demeanor but there s still no way she s letting her antiuity be used in a freak show Then things in the small town take a turn for the worse when they e both implicated in murderMargaret is a fantastic character with her unrelenting austerity Even Bess perpetually positive nature barely makes a dent Their interaction is witty and the story has a lovely dark humour and uirkiness that uns through it The unravelling of the mystery is very clever and wonderfully complex with a number of secondary characters who all add to the ichness of the plot It s lovely to have main characters with diversity of body type and looks and even better that there isn t an overt focus on it I liked the characters so much that the only thing that disappointed me was that the focus was weighted much in favour of the mystery than the omance Book eceived from Ylva Publishing for an honest eview I know I m in the minority here but I struggled with this ead I just want to mention from the outset that I m uickly ealizing that cozy mysteries and om coms just don t seem to be my thing personally This is NOT a bad book I just think that I have personal issues with cozy mysteries in generalLea s writing style is solid her pacing is good but I just found myself having issues sinking into this ead The characters are wonderfully eccentric but I didn t connect with them at all and I think that s solely my issue I think my funny bone is broken and maybe I just need to avoid these types of books I found myself having to step away and pick up something else then come back to this one just to step away again I m honestly just not in the best head space ight now for a cozy myster Arc from Ylva for honest eviewAdmittedly I wasn t certain if I would want to ead this one until I spotted whatever I spotted Had something to do with chickens and I was intrigued enough to look closerI ve probably mentioned in eviews about omances how tired I am of miscommunicationdisinformationetc being overused to cause issues with the people attempting to couple up Well good thing here this one here doesn t use that particular trope But then again this is also of a mystery than a omance so This is a mix of two types of mysteries I ve ead before the cozy amateur sticking nose in where might not belong type like with most of Dick Francis books the ones not involve Private Investigators at least mixed in with must solve the mystery or face isk of jail type of mystery a favorite of Lawrence Block I ve no idea why I m fixating on Francis and Block When done ight that second type of mystery can be interesting and it appeared to have been done mostly ight here Too often though it seemed to be used to force an ultra skilled investigator albeit amateur and or different kind of investigator to use their skills to solve the crime Right so this is a mix of a omance and a mystery set in a small town in AustraliaTwo POV s Both have similarities and differences One worked ultra hard to escape the small town she currently lives in but was pulled back to town to help with family medical easons One of the easons she wanted to flee involved her standing in the community everyone sees her as basically evil and than likely a murderer The other escaped to the small town after a particular event that has turned her family and friends against her Bess is the one who owns the chickens and fled to the small town Margaret is the one who tried to flee but was pulled back by the failing health of her fatherWhich eminds me you know those many books that show a character who have eturned home or wherever the family member happens to be living This book is set a certain distance after that occurred after the family member has died I do not ecall if any number was given for the number of years that have passed but I believe at least a few have Neat little twist ehRight so Bess works in a museumMargaret uns a museum this is part of my Bess Campbell has escaped to the windswept Australian coastal town of Port Bannir determined to begin her life again She is loving her fresh start thanks to her fun job unning a hip gallery her territorial chickens and a lot of self help books to find her new better selfPort Bannir local Margaret Gale uns an austere maritime museum and ule.

Imilarities and differences that I forgot to include above Bess works as an acuirerbuyerwhatever this is called in museum world Margaret well uns a museum Both museums the classic Maritime Museum Margaret s and the modern odd andom crap like dildos Cabinet of Curiosities or whatever that was called Bess s place are in the same small town In Australia Roughly nearish by several hours on train to Melbourne Bess and Margaret interact near the beginning of the book because Leon Bess s boss wants Bess to buy a dildo from Margaret which Margaret insists on calling a Roman fertility thingie and Bess keeps calling a dildo They interact later because both are intrigued by the other Then Leon is murdered and Margaret is a prime suspectThings continue from there including several occasions in which Bess keeps finding herself as a suspect for this or that and being aggressively interviewed by the coppers and Margaret finding herself in confinement andor being a prime suspectNaturally then with the coppers fixated on Margaret and Bess for certain lessor things the two need to investigate the crime though Bess had already started doing so before needing to because it s her boss that got murdered and she didn t particularly like that And do for a good portion of the bookI knew who the big evil was fairly early on but I m not certain I would have but for an accident For whatever eason as sometimes happens with my Kindle the book leapt forward hundreds of pages and before I noticed what had occurred I started eading certain things that confused me It wasn t actually the big eveal nor was the big evil spot lighted there but the character on those pages was acting weirdly in the way I normally pinpoint as a ah ha Suspect way Otherwise I thought the mystery part was handled wellI liked how the common lesbian omance tropes didn t end up clogging up the book And I liked how the two main characters were okay with the concept of being lesbians and the concept of lesbians hooking up without any of that oh my god no someone might find out It s a small town you know type stuff also common in lesbian omancesI can easily see how some people might not eact the same way to the book as I did I liked what I saw but what I saw isn t universally liked Heh I m being purposefully vague Rating 425April 11 2019 325 Stars This was a eally oddball book I m a big mystery fan and I love books that are different but unfortunately this didn t eally work for me The writing itself was good I just didn t eally connect with Lea s story choices I guess you could call this a cozy mystery on why I guess later with a very slight omance between an ice ueen ish character and a slightly bohemian free spirited character As I mentioned already I thought the writing was good I was immersed in the setting and didn t have any trouble eading the book even if I didn t always care for what I was eading Even with me not eally caring for this book I would ead another full length story by LeaMy biggest issue eally was the characters All the character including the mains was not the easiest to like The mains did eventually grow on me but the est of the people in the town are pretty awful There is all this talk about how one of the mains loves this small town setting and I had to think eally with all these creepy people As I mentioned both mains did win me over but I still didn t feel as connected to either as much as I prefer in book I eally enjoy The eason I m a little on the fence with calling this a true cozy mystery is because it had a sex scene Usually cozy s are very low on violence and have no or fade to black sex scenes While the sex scene wasn t super steamy it was explicit enough to almost knock it out of the cozy category in my opinion And even with a sex scene this book is very omance lite I would not ead this book looking for a omance if you want a zany mystery This book had that eally sort of off the wall feeling With oddball characters that were out there for sure I think it was supposed to be funny This could totally be on me but I never laughed once Humor books are tough for me so other eaders might like this than me Or maybe I m wrong and it s not supposed to be funny and I just didn t get it Oh well not a book for me but the writing is there and I see potential in the author An ARC was given to me for a honest eview So this is uite an intense not easy but interesting ead For this eview I will write how I felt along with some facts as bullet points1 Jess lea writes very well 2 there is novery light omance3 characters are not very likable 4 only one light sex scene 5 the mystery was so confusing and that s probably why I never gave up on this book6 I hope I never get to visit any town that is somehow even elated to this town in the book 7 if you e on the beach or on vacati. S her staff with an iron fist She has no time for that crazy modern gallery or upbeat earnest Bess sweeping around town on her hipster bicycleAfter a heated dispute over an antiue collectible dildo there’s little hope Margaret and Bess will ever see eye to eyeBut when Port Bannir is ocked by a senseless murder both women find themselves im.


On I would NOT ecommend this one8 if you e in the mood to work ur brain try sthg different then I totally ecommend itThank you YLVA for providing me with an ARC for my honest eview A murder mystery that keeps you guessing I truly did not guess the culprit Bess lives in a tiny home with her chickens She works at an odd ball museum until something terrible happens esulting in her and a ival museum operator become suspectsThis story carefully unfolds little by little What I eally liked was the uirkiness of all characters in this small town Usually I get confused when there are so many players But that never happened Every single person was uniue and purposeful to keep the eader trying to solve the case I m not a fan of time gaps The epilogue takes place 3 months later While it wraps everything up nicely I was a little disappointed with how the main omance was handled It didn t seem consistent with how the main book ended I ecommend to those who like murder mystery uirky characters tiny houses and chickens I eceived an ARC from YLVA Publishing for an honest eview ARC provided by Ylva Publishing in exchange for an honest eview A good lesson for any writer make each sentence worth eading and something in it will lead the eaders into the next oneGood writers write not just in sentences but with sentencesGet them ight and everything else solves itself or ceases to matter 35 starsI was overcome with a desire to fit together the many pieces of this somewhat intriguingsuspenseful and fine amateur detective mystery of art historybitternessanger and the unmasking of a killer or killers Time and again MsLea sways a bit from the overall point of the story to give eaders a chronicle of certain artifacts wit I went into this book blind and was surprised to discover this is not just an ff omance but a cozy mystery For some head scratching eason I don t find those too often in lesfic I eally enjoyed the lead Bess because she s an all around good and sympathetic character She s also an unusual protagonist being a freckled ed head with a plump figure Despite the crime aspect the tone of the story is pretty light and there s some decent humor The cast is over the top yet somehow grounded enough to be eal The omance is on the shallower side when it comes to the depth of a elationship yet was still believable But I never eally warmed up to Margaret and took her with a shrug I think Bess could do better It does have the ice ueen age gap hate to love opposites attract omance vibe going onOverall a good and entertaining ead for those looking for something well written but not too seriousWhat s a cozy mystery A tidy answer from wiki Cozy mysteries also eferred to as cozies are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously and the crime and detection take place in a small socially intimate community Wow that bored me to tears I m afraid I just don t know what went wrong for me I just couldn t wait for it to end I didn t click with any of its contents or characters I didn t particularly find any of it humorous either only the first part where her assistant screamed her head off the sex scene was good and it was written eally well but I m disappointed I didn t like this book and so many others did but I suppose that s what makes us different25 stars An ARC was provided by YLVA in exchange for an honest eview I was eally looking forward to Jess Lea s debut full length novel A Curious Woman ever since Lee Winter mentioned it and having ecently ead its excerpt on Ylva To say that I was excited and thrilled about exploring the tale after eading the excerpt would be an understatement I must say when I finally eceived my ARC copy and ead the entire story Ms Lea didn t disappoint Not at all Not with her writing style nor her storytelling method and certainly not with all that eccentricity oozing out of literally every page all those oddball characters and uirky surroundings that kept me entertained until the every end So well done Ms LeaThis story ight off the bat was one eccentrically original and creatively intriguing tale weaved in the world of mystery I mean I can safely tout that I d never come across a book in lesfic that was written THIS atypically before and Ms Lea sure had some fascinatingly creative juice flowing in her story weaving of this particular story of mystery and intrigue nevermind that little hint of omance too I certainly never came across anything uite this original in lesbian fiction which is eason enough to pick this one up to ead and explore its thrilling oddities yourself not to say there aren t other easons to do so mind Once you ead it you ll knowFull commentary here In Bugs Own Words An ARC copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest eview. Plicated Can they work together to expose the truth––or will the truth prove far too dangerous A funny fabulous cozy mystery filled with uirkiness and a sweet serve of lesbian omance100000 wordsThemes antiue collectible dildo · Australia · Australian coastal town · cozy mystery · hip gallery · senseless murder · territorial chicken.

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