It’s been way too long since I reviewed any books – that isn’t because I’ve not been reading, but simply due to lack of time to get around to reviewing what I read – bad, bad reader.
ALWAYS remember to REVIEW what you read people, reviews are the lifeblood of authors – they give us visibility on Amazon and help prospective purchasers to make up their mind if this book is for them.
WE NEED YOUR REVIEWS!
So I plan on getting back to being more conscientious about doing just that.
One thing that has knocked my enthusiasm is that I can now no longer review on Amazon US because their new eligibility criteria require you to spend $50 a year on the site before they will accept your review. Now clearly, being in the UK, all my Amazon purchases are on the UK site, which does mean I can review on Amazon UK, but the biggest fish in the pond is obviously the US site, and that’s where it’s most critical to get (and leave) reviews.
Sorry authors, I am now restricted to Amazon UK and Goodreads.
Oh, Amazon, why do you have to make everything so difficult?
Anyway, here is my review of a new series I’m enjoying, posted on the two sites above, and on here.
A Thrift Shop Murder is the opening book in the Cats, Ghosts and Avocado Toast series – and that tagline captures the gist of it well.
Price (Priscilla, but don’t call her that) has just arrived in Salem, Oregon, to discover that the old lady who hired her as an assistant to run her thrift shop has just died. Strangely, the shop and all its contents are now Price’s problem, even though she never met the former owner, Agatha Bentley.
Price comes with a history – an ex-fiancé who drained her life savings and probably torched her business premises for the insurance money. Heartbroken, and just plain broke, Price has no option but to embrace her new situation, which apart from the shop and the flat above it, includes three huge moggies and (once she finally accepts she isn’t going insane) the rude and belligerent ghost of the witch, Agatha.
Snarky Agatha wants Price to find out who killed her, as she’s convinced her death wasn’t natural causes.
Thus starts a great fun romp, with witty dialogue, well-drawn characters, and the most unusual reverse harem I’ve encountered yet, as the witch’s three moggies go beyond talking to Price, and start shifting into three gorgeous, hot men. Randomly. Shifting. Without clothes…
I will admit, the randomness of the shifting was a distraction I was a bit annoyed about at first as no one seemed to question it, but this is a theme that has carried over into the second book (which I’m currently reading) as they try to figure out why it happens, so fair play to the author.
Fast paced and well written, I’d happily recommend this to anyone who enjoys a light supernatural read with humour and harem. Oh, and a vegan protagonist – hence the avocado toast.
Any one else annoyed about Amazon’s new reviewing strictures?