My Sunday Book Review this week is on Barbara Silkstone’s – Glossy Lips -Book 1 of her Cold Cream series. I don’t remember where I got an introduction to Silkline’s books, but as I do enjoy a great escape, cozy murder chicklit romp once in awhile, I took a chance on this book, and was not disappointed.
Series: more books on the way! ~~~Olive Peroni put out her family therapy shingle six years ago, never thinking her top client would be Myron Meyers, head of a New York crime family. When Olive’s Nonna dies and leaves her a condo in Florida and a secret recipe for miracle cold cream, she grabs the chance at a new life in Starfish Cove, Florida, making designer creams for ladies who spend far too much time at the beach.
Business is brisk and life is good! Olive even makes a wild new best friend in Lizzy, the real estate agent who handles the transfer of Nonna’s condo. When a dead body is found in the trunk of Lizzy’s car, Olive despairs that life in Starfish Cove won’t be any different than the one she thought she’d escaped. But this time, instead of listening to confessions of murder, Olive’s going to have to solve one. Maybe two…
Contains a recipe for Olive & Lizzy’s super-creamy homemade lip gloss!
Book I in series ~ GLOSSY LIPS
Book 2 in series ~ SMOKEY EYES
Book 3 in series ~ SOAP ON A ROPE
Book 4 in series ~ SUN SCREAM – Coming July 2019
My 5 Star Review:
This book was a fun romp in the cozy mystery – chicklit genre that made me feel as though I was tagging along the ride with Lizzy and Olive.
Olive Peroni, a family therapist in New York receives news her Nonna (grandmother) died in Florida. Olive packs up to go there to settle Nonna’s estate and in doing so, serendipity strikes when Olive hires Lizzy to sell Nonna’s condo, and before the deal is sealed, Olive decides to keep the condo and relocate there after making fast and good friends with Lizzy. Olive had enough of listening to people’s problems and decides to start a new business in Florida selling Nonna’s prized beauty cream, a secret that only few were aware of to bring back the fountain of youth.
Once the friendship blossomed, the action heats up when strange things begin happening, starting with a dead body found in Lizzy’s trunk. Soon more characters emerge and Olive finds herself right in the thick of things when this cleverly written mission to solve the murder ensues and the new best friends become entangled in the murder investigation.
To be honest, I was only going to give this book 4 stars because I felt the story moved a bit slow through the first few chapters, but once the body showed up, I was hooked and wondering whodunit. As the evidence mounted (with well done clues dropped throughout the investigation), my suspicion was correct. And I’ll also add that the blurb may have one thinking this is a mafia story when in fact, the character of Myron is by far, not a significant character in the story. But the book offered a satisfying ending with lots of witty lines by the characters, and I will definitely be reading more in this series.