Book Review: Getting Off on Frank Sinatra: A Copper Black Mystery by Megan Edwards

31213460.jpgTitle: Getting Off on Frank Sinatra
Author: Megan Edwards
Publisher: Imbrifex Books
Pub Date: (Expected) March 14, 2017
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 309
Source: NetGalley
Genre(s): Mystery, General Fiction (Adult)
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Aspiring journalist Copper Black has just found out that her boyfriend is responsible for his not-quite-ex-wife’s pregnancy. An unexpected house-sitting job at a notorious Las Vegas “party house” should provide not only a private swimming pool but also much-needed distraction.

While researching a story about an exclusive private school, Copper accidentally discovers the dead body of the school’s beloved founder. Now involved in a high-profile murder investigation, Copper turns to her brother, a civic-minded pastor who is overseeing the construction of a center for the homeless. A Paiute medicine man claims the site is a sacred burial ground, attracting hordes of protesters.

As she tries to solve the murder, help her brother, advance her career, and sort out her love life, Copper stirs up a world of trouble. Her escapades as she evades a sociopath, a disturbed cowgirl, and a suspicious homicide detective make Megan Edwards’ rousing debut Getting Off on Frank Sinatra a nonstop roller coaster of a read.

My review:

I received this eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinion of the work.

“An arrow can’t fly without shaft and feathers. But you were the arrowhead.”

This book was okay and easy to read but it wasn’t terribly exciting. Perhaps this is due to the overwhelming amount of drama in the protagonist’s life. Shit was flying around left, right, and centre (metaphorically, but sometimes literally *exploding* as well).

There was just so much going on that I sometimes found it difficult to pay attention to a single thing. It was hard to fully immerse myself into the story or the characters because everything else was just screaming for my attention. That’s just me though. In theory, these overlapping conflicts should have resulted in a complex plot where all of the character storylines converge… It just fell a little short for me.

Also, if you want to read this book because you think there might be some romance mixed into things–don’t. I wasn’t feeling the love. I honestly rolled my eyes every time a potential love interest was introduced.

All in all, this was still a good book. The author’s writing is great. It’s concise and witty and easy to follow. However, the story is not scary or traumatizing (and not even that manipulative) if that’s the kind of mystery you’re into. Otherwise a solid read. Simply not my cup of suspenseful tea.

On a side note, I spent the majority of the time wondering what on Earth the title meant, and then it all made perfect sense somewhere near the ending. That was pretty satisfying.

3.5 stars for Oscar, because Oscar deserves his own story.

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