Book Review (and a Giveaway!): On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young

Posted October 5, 2020 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Kate Young, mystery/suspense / 20 Comments

A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Crooked Lane Books
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2020
PAGES: 311

A shoe-in read for fans of Ellery Adams and Kate Carlisle, On Borrowed Crime is the first in Kate Young’s new Georgia-set, sweet tea filled, Jane Doe Book Club mysteries.

The Jane Doe book club enjoys guessing whodunit, but when murder happens in their midst, they discover solving crimes isn’t fun and games…

Lyla Moody loves her sleepy little town of Sweet Mountain, Georgia. She likes her job as receptionist for her uncle’s private investigative firm, her fellow true crime obsessed Jane Doe members are the friends she’s always wanted, and her parents just celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. But recently, with her best friend Melanie on vacation, and her ex-boyfriend and horrible cousin becoming an item and moving in next door to her, her idyllic life is on the fritz. The cherry on top of it all is finding Carol, a member of the club, dead and shoved into a suitcase, left at Lyla’s front door.

Unusual circumstances notwithstanding, with Carol’s heart condition, the coroner rules Carol’s death undetermined. But when they discover the suitcase belongs to Melanie, who had returned from her vacation the following morning, Sweet Mountain police begin to suspect Lyla’s best friend. Determined that police are following the wrong trail, to clear her friend’s name, and to not allow Carol to become one of the club’s studied cold cases, Lyla begins to seek out the real killer. That is, until she becomes the one sought after. Now, finding the truth could turn her into the killer’s next plot twist, unless she wins the game of cat and mouse.

Longer review coming later…

Bottom Line: On Borrowed Crime is a great way to start a new series. I loved the Jane Doe book club & the mix of true crime & cozy fiction that they are interested in. The author captures small town north Georgia life to perfection & it reminded me so much of the area we’ll be moving to soon (hopefully). The mystery is cleverly plotted, and the writing voice is very engaging. Looking forward to more books in this series!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars /loved it!

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Kate Young writes southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzus. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.

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20 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on “On Borrowed Crime” by Kate Young and for being part of the book tour.

    Sounds like a fabulous book and one I know I’m going to enjoy reading. Great cover! Most definitely on my TBR list and can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  2. Debra Branigan

    This one sounds like a good cozy mystery. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author on the book.

  3. Bernice Kennedy

    The description and your thoughts have caught my attention. I would love to read this 1st in series. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  4. Bea LaRocca

    Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details, this sounds like a great cozy mystery read.

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