Sunbaked by Junie Coffey

Setting: Pineapple Cay
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: May 9, 2017

After finding her husband in bed with another woman, Nina Spark does the unexpected. She ditches her NYC apartment and buys a cottage in Pineapple Cay. She's trading dreary NY winters for sun, sand, and surf.

As she settles in Pineapple Cay, Nina quickly makes some friends, and perhaps an enemy or two. A greedy developer planned to buy the cottage she just bought, and he's not happy about it. He's determined to focus his attentions on driving her out, even pushing aside any worries when his trophy wife disappears. Nina has her suspicions and soon starts snooping with the help of her friends. Proving he murdered his wife would be one way to get the developer off the island and out of her life.

I've loved many Lake Union Publishing novels. It always surprises me when I like rather than love one of them. However, I found myself only liking this novel.

Sunbaked was a bit predictable, and I think that's my biggest issue with it. The characters were certainly colorful, but I'd solved the mystery just after it started. There was no huge surprise reveal for me. It almost came off as cliched. Had the author focused more on the romantic interest than on turning it into a mystery, I am certain I would have really enjoyed it. As was, it was okay but nothing special.


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