Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Book Review: Live and Let Fly by Clover Tate (Kite Shop Mysteries #2)

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Strong characters, enjoyable plot
Cons: Pacing in second half
The Bottom Line:
Kite contest judge killed
An entertaining cozy
With great atmosphere

Local Celebrity Murdered

Earlier this year, I enjoyed the first book in the Kite Shop Mysteries, and I was looking forward to returning to the town of Rock Pointe, Oregon, and seeing what happened next to Emmy Adler.  Live and Let Fly is that second visit, and it is fun.

August is the height of tourist season for this coastal town, and Emmy’s new business, Strings Attached, is booming.  However, she is looking ahead to winter and how she will make money during that season.  There’s a kite festival coming up in a couple of weeks, and Emmy is hoping her original design will win the contest, which will in turn drive people to her shop.  Of course, that means she has to finish her design, something that is hampered by the unexpected appearance of her accident-prone sister, Sunny.

The judge for this contest is Jasmine Normand, a local who gained international fame as the winner of the reality dating competition Bag the Babe.  She’s returned a few days early to reconnect with friends a family, and when Emmy finds Jasmine and an obviously smitten Jack, Emmy’s semi-boyfriend, she doesn’t react well.  That night, Jasmine dies, and the sheriff doesn’t think it was an accident.  With a tabloid reporter sniffing around Emmy, she needs to figure out what happened to Jasmine before her reputation is ruined.

I truly do love the coastal town that Emmy lives in, and I can almost hear the sound of crashing waves as I read.  It’s warm and inviting, except for the murder rate, just what cozy readers want in a setting.

The story starts out full force, reintroducing us to everyone from book one and introducing the new characters.  However, about half way through the pace cuts back to a breeze.  There are still a couple of twists to come, however, and the climax will have you holding on to anything that might fly away.

In the first book, Emmy had some issues with her temper, but I felt that has learned some patience.  Then again, I didn’t think it was too bad in the first book.  Heck, I would have lost it with Sunny, but Emmy manages to keep her cool there.  This makes her more pleasant to be around as we watch her solve this case.  The other series regulars get some interesting development, and we even get a cameo from someone I didn’t expect to see again.  Meanwhile, the new characters are memorable and entertaining as well.

I did find one rather frustrating continuity error involving a sub-plot at one point.  It doesn’t ruin anything story wise, but it is the kind of thing a good edit should have caught and that drives me crazy.

Truly, that is a minor issue, however.  I found Live and Let Fly to be as pleasant as flying a kite myself.  Sit back and drift away with this enjoyable book.

NOTE: I received a copy of this book.


Thanks to the publisher, I have one copy of this book to give away.  Because it is a physical book, the contest is limited to residence of the US.

Just leave me a comment with your e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.  I will pick the winner next Tuesday, December 12th, so please leave your comment before 12:01 AM Pacific Time on 12/12.  You will have until midnight on 12/17 to get back to me, or I will choose a new winner on 12/18.


  1. I'm with you on finding continuity errors annoying. It sounds like overall this book is worth a read though. Thanks for the contest! mbradeen@yahoo.com

  2. I love this series! I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the review and the chance to win. maureencorps (at) yahoo dotcom

  3. Enjoyed your comments on both books in the series & would love to win a copy. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. This is a new series to me & it sounds like a good book to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. fmacbiz@gmail.com

  5. This is a new series to me. Sounds like an interesting series. I'm with you about finding errors in a storyline, it really drives me crazy. Some are so obvious I wonder why they weren't corrected.

  6. This looks so good--I'd love to read it. Love your Christmas trees photo w/ the books too! legallyblonde1961 at yahoo dot com

  7. I'm always looking for a new series to read; this sounds like a good one. sheryljeffries63 at gmail dot com. Happy Holidays

  8. I don't know if it's to late to enter, but here's my attempt. I like reading series because I get to feel like I have an increased interest in the characters. I'm always looking for new series to read. Thanks for the chance to win this copy. gheruska44(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. Sounds like fun and a novel setting for the story!

  10. Thanks for having the contest. stoeser1@pie.midco.net

  11. Would love to read - parkeremma2003 at yahoo dot com

  12. We like kites in our family, so this would be fun!
    LibraryLady80 at gmail dot com

    aka judy