Today I bring you a review for a cozy little mystery published by Patricia Rockwell at Cozy Cat Press. Its name is A Map for Murder and each chapter written by one of 24 different authors. It is unique in this way, and I am glad that Alicia reached out to me for a review.

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  • Title: A Map For Murder
  • Author: 24 Authors
  • Publisher: Cozy Cat Press on November 26, 2020
  • Genre: Cozy Mystery
  • Pages: 169
  • Format: Kindle edition
  • Rating: 4/5

Many thanks to Alicia at Cozy Cat Press for providing me with an ARC copy of A Map for Murder in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: Mild Violence

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A Map for Murder Blurb

When their best friend Merilee lands in jail, Janet and Molly naturally rush to her aid. But when the two girls find out that Merilee has been accused of murdering her own mother, they realize that the only way to help her is to find the real killer! The mystery takes the three friends back and forth from their artsy neighborhood in Dallas, to the Old West town of Shotgun City, to a ranch so big you could get lost in it. When the threesome find a map of nearby Packsaddle Mountain, they realize they’ve found a clue to a legendary outlaw’s treasure—a treasure worth killing for. Before all is said and done, the three friends will have to face a lot of danger and team up with some unlikely allies to discover the hidden loot and bring a murderer to justice. Written by twenty-four different authors, this is one cozy mystery you won’t want to miss!

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My Review

I want to start by saying that I have never read a book written in this multi-author style. I kept looking for differences and variances between the authors and found none. The book is seamless, and it was fun to read. I understand that Cozy Cat Press offers other novels written in this style. I am interested in reading those as well.

The story follows three friends and their quest to find a killer. The scenery comes to life, and you feel as though you are right there on those old dusty roads. Coming from a rural area, I must say I miss those dirt roads out in the middle of nowhere. The description of the vehicles in this book is superb. I felt as if I were the one driving.

I found the characters to be refreshing and modern, yet still vulnerable. I enjoyed Molly, Janet, and Merilee, but the other characters are well written also. I could see the bad guy as he was…dastardly. 

There is one plot hole that I couldn’t reconcile in my mind, so I have to knock off a star for that. But, I am happy to award A Map for Murder 4 out of 5 stars. The book is well worth reading, and I recommend it to all cozy mystery fans. I would love to have an audiobook version to listen to on wintry days like today.

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