Top critical review
No suspense, no climax, no action, no nothing, not even an ending.
Reviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
I kept waiting for the Kick**s female ex-CIA operative to come alive. Instead, it remained boring to the end, which isn't really an ending either. I found the character development lacking. There is something there, but not enough to really get a handle on any of them, except maybe Grans. And I know the MC is ex-CIA, but that doesn't mean the details of her life have to be kept from the reading audience. What strings did her friend Charles pull to smooth her PI license request through? And before we know it, she's been working with her friend for 6 months without dropping a single clue to the reader. Boring and unfulfilling is the only way to describe this story. I am left with zero interest to read anymore in the series. I used to think cozy mysteries were boring, but this takes the cake. I'm giving it three stars because I like McNeil's writing style and the clean editing job.