With Baited Breath by Lorraine Bartlett
The mystery was solved with a twist that I hadn’t expected.
Tori Cannon and her grandfather, Herb, return from her grandmother’s funeral. With sadness, she learns that the bait shop and small motel her grandparents ran has fallen on hard times.
Jammed into one of the motel’s units is the body of one of Herb’s customers, his mouth filled with spikes.
The victim had no enemies, except for maybe the rich woman who wanted to level his eyesore of a home. But he also had a daughter, who resents that her father wasn’t a major force in her life, and some friends who were anything but friends.
Tori’s friend, Kathy, arrives to help spruce up the property, and the two find themselves mixed up in the petty jealousies and deadly consequences that murder entails. Can they save the bait shop and find a murderer or will they, too, sleep with the fishes?
With Baited Breath comes with the short story “Panty Raid,” a Tori Cannon-Kathy Grant mini-mystery.
Tori Cannon and her BFF, Kathy Grant, get together for a girl’s weekend of wine, cookies, and laughter, but there’s also the specter of a panty pincher hanging around the laundry room of the complex where Tori lives. Kathy thinks they can catch the culprit red-handed in a panty raid!
Review by M Jackson:
I really enjoyed listening to With Baited Breath. I though it was a fun, “chick lit” type of book. In our culture of Real Housewives, I really appreciated the supportive and kind friendships between the women. I was drawn in by the story and thought the narration was excellent.
I also found it super refreshing to be able to listen to a mystery novel with my 14 year old daughter in the car. I’m looking forward to listening to the next book in this series!
Review by Sally Schmidt:
The beginning of the book was very compelling. I read a sample and was so hooked that I had to buy the book right away. Tori has a lot going on in her life, things haven’t worked out as she had planned and hoped, and now her grandmother has died and she is going to stay with her grandfather for awhile. Her grandparents owned a bait shop which has fallen to neglect and disrepair. Tori realizes that she has always felt happy there and wants to stay, but her grandfather has other ideas – and of course there is the body she finds and a few other complications.
As Tori begins to settle in the book starts to bog down a bit. Her Grandpa Herb isn’t all that likable most of the time, and Tori and her friends Kathy and Anissa are sometimes annoyingly immature for grown women. At times they are almost like three high schoolers in how they talk, think and act. The book seems a bit rushed, which might account for why it feels like Tori and company are not thinking things through as well as they should.
That said, this was a very enjoyable read and I didn’t want to put it down. The mystery was solved with a twist that I hadn’t expected and lives are starting to sort themselves out. There are a lot of possibilities for Tori with the bait shop and Kathy with her B&B and Anissa with her construction work, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see what is in store for Tori next.