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Why Me? Chimeras, Conundrums and Dead Goldfish


Loved it! 😍

Chimeras aren’t the only things lurking on the waterfront. Good-looking bad guys, scientists, and a mad cat star in this fun thriller.

Bryn Baczek’s life is getting complicated. Not only was she abandoned to survive a midge attack in the Scottish backwoods, but ever since she saw that body in the ravine, everyone seems to want to get her alone and ask her uncomfortable questions. Or shoot her.

It would help if the body hadn’t vanished when she tried to report finding it. Or if she had the slightest idea what her sinister followers think she stole that made them ransack her boat, terrify her cat, and end the life of her goldfish.

It also would help if she knew which one of the handsome men lingering around her office, boat, and family were trustworthy. That handsome blue-eyed guy who just happens to be everywhere she is, for example.

It’s a good thing Bryn has experience and connections in the crime-fighting world as she’s going to need all of them to figure out why she is being threatened.

As with all plucky heroines in the thriller genre, Bryn resolutely avoids following the sage advice of the police to stay out of things, but as a reader I was relieved to see she was careful enough to keep a friend nearby most of the time. I always wonder why seemingly smart heroines simply throw themselves into danger, without a thought for anyone else- Bryn isn’t that sort of investigator and we find ourselves cheering for her as she struggles to find answers.

Sketchy protestors, angry bereft parents, organ transplantation patients, and unscrupulous business people all figure in the final outcome, and the race here is a satisfying one. No huge violence, in fact, an anti-gun message, and no sex makes this a safe read for all ages. The science is hinted at, not fully described and that, too, makes it an easier read.

And the hero cat, grumpy as he is, acts like a cat. Which is lovely. He doesn’t talk or find clues, but he ends up being a large part of the story anyway.

An altogether delightful read, with enough twists to keep the reader wondering. The ending I found a bit of a trick, with just a bit too much of a coincidence. That said, I found the conclusion satisfying and sympathetic to the issues identified in the story.

I’d read another book by this author. This one, I highly recommend. Involving, interesting, and often funny. Charming heroine, handsome cat, helpful men, and a puzzling mystery. A perfect read.

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An avid reader of all genres except romance. Published writer of humour and short fiction/non-fiction. Currently working on a fiction trilogy: Recycled Virgin is out now on Amazon; Deceiving the Devil will be published in June 2020.

Retired nurse. Now artist and crafter plus writing, of course!

Chapter 1 The Midges and Me

About the author

In a world filled with uncertainty and too little chocolate, Charlotte Stuart's passion is for writing lighthearted mysteries with a pinch of adventure and a dollop of humor. She is the President for the Puget Sound Sisters in Crime. view profile

Published on November 19, 2019

Published by Taylor and Seale LLC

70000 words

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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