About the Book-
Book: Written Off
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian Cozy Mystery
Release date: May 2021
“Break a leg?” They’ll be lucky if they don’t all break their necks!
After years of waiting, Katrina finally has her happily ever after. All is right with her world . . . until hate crimes begin happening in the charming college town of Wilkester. Even more disturbing is the fact that the perpetrator seems to be connected with the writing class Katrina teaches. How can she prevent her rosy visions of the future from turning into broken dreams?
Find out in this third book of the Wilkester Mysteries.
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Similar Review: Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite (Wilkester Mysteries, #2)
This was a really interesting book! I really like this author’s cozy mysteries: although I’ve only read two to date, I have enjoyed both of them, not because of any ~literary value~ it has, but just because of the story and the setting. The protagonist is a 40-something professor, which is very unique, and I also enjoy the cast of characters in the book, such as her friends who foster seven kids (if I recall correctly).
This book did not actually have a murder happen in it, but rather a series of race-related hate crimes. With that, there was an interesting discussion about race crimes, protests, and the like, which I’ve never seen addressed in Christian fiction before, and which I really appreciated and liked. The likelihood of the actual mystery happening seemed unlikely, and the motive for the crime ended up being really bizarre, but overall it was a really good topic to tackle in my opinion.
Like the previous one I read, the actual mystery aspect of this book was not my main enjoyment of this book: while it was more pronounced than in the previous one, I enjoyed the other parts of the book, such as the professor/teaching, the home renovations, and her interaction with her friends, much more than the actual mystery itself. Like the previous book, there is a lot of Christian living discussion, such as what God’s will is, building a Christian marriage and how to combat racism, which I really liked. With that being said, there was ONE sentence, describing a thought Katrina had that I was a little ” . . . ” about, which was when she pictured her fiancé taking her into the bedroom after her wedding. I think that was completely unnecessary to include in the book, regardless of whether it is realistic.
Overall, I really liked this cozy mystery. The mystery aspect of it isn’t fantastic, but the setting of the story, the character cast, and the Christian living topics it tackled really made it a worthwhile read.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.
About the Author-
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