Series: Jane Doe Book Club Mystery #2
Published by Crooked Lane Books on September 7, 2021
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About Reading Between the Crimes
Reading Between the Crimes by Kate Young is a small-town cozy, the second in the Jane Doe Book Club series. Our MC, Lyla, is settling into her job as a private investigator in training.
This second book loses no time throwing you right into the action. Lyla’s dropping her grandmother off at the family home after a book club meeting. Knowing there are chocolate truffles in the kitchen because of her mother’s charity event happening, Lyla and her gran make their way to the kitchen and are looking for a quiet spot to enjoy their snack when they stumble on a body in the library.
The victim is the controlling husband of the book club’s newest member, Harper. Lyla uses all of her investigative abilities, honed by reading mysteries, to try to find the real killer before Harper gets sent to jail for good.
My thoughts about Reading Between the Crimes
This is no leisurely-paced cozy mystery. It’s a thrill ride, crammed full of generations of family secrets, double-crosses, gang vandalism and assault, and the machinations of religious cultists. Seriously, this is one adrenaline-fueled mystery set in a small southern town that is anything but sleepy.
Lyla is resourceful, protective of friends and family, with insatiable curiosity. Her sometimes tense relationship with her mom is very relatable. I loved that she has the support system of her two besties and her quirky gran who clearly has no filter, at all, ever.
The plotting is intricate and skillfully done. A lot happens in the book, not just around the murder but with Lyla’s family relationships. It could’ve turned into a muddled mess but it didn’t. Kate Young wove all of the threads together and when the revelations come, they make sense.
This book is a great entry point – you don’t need to have read the first book to understand what’s happening. Although after finishing Reading Between the Crimes, I’m sure you’ll want to see how it started. Kate Young writes another cozy series set in Georgia, the Marygene Brown series.
Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.