Review: An Affair to Dismember by Elise Sax
Published: January 29 2013
Certain to appeal to fans of Janet Evanovich, Jennifer Crusie, and Katie MacAlister, Elise Sax’s hilarious series debut introduces matchmaker-in-training Gladie Burger, who stumbles into a dangerous quagmire of murder and red-hot romance.
Three months has been Gladie Burger’s limit when it comes to staying in one place: She’s always been a temp agency kind of girl, ever ready to move on. That’s why Gladie is more than a little skeptical when her eccentric Grandma Zelda recruits her to the family business in the quaint small town of Cannes, California. Gladie is also highly unqualified: Her beloved grandmother’s business is matchmaking, and Gladie has a terrible track record with romance. Still, despite evidence to the contrary, Zelda is convinced that her granddaughter has “the gift.” But when the going gets tough, Gladie wonders if this gift has a return policy.
When Zelda’s neighbor drops dead in his kitchen, Gladie is swept into his bizarre family’s drama. Despite warnings from the (distractingly gorgeous) chief of police to steer clear of his investigation, Gladie is out to prove that her neighbor’s death was murder. It’s not too long before she’s in way over her head—with the hunky police chief, a dysfunctional family full of possible killers, and yet another mysterious and handsome man, whose attentions she’s unable to ignore. Gladie is clearly being pursued—either by true love or by a murderer. Who will catch her first?
Maybe part of the problem is that I have never read any books by Janet Evanovich or Jennifer Cruise and the one book I did read by Katie MacAlister I didn’t really enjoy. I just thought that after reading the very intriguing synopsis for An Affair to Dismember that this would be a book I would adore reading. Unfortunately that isn’t what happened.
The book has a lot of elements that I love: A grandmother that is slightly kooky due to her special gifts that make her the town’s matchmaker. She is convinced that her granddaughter has been given the same gifts and wants to pass on the matchmaking business to her. There are yummy guys in town that seem to just pop up at interesting times.
What I didn’t find is a good flow with the story. It just was choppy and I had a way too easy of a time sitting this book down. I want to be so in love with a story that I can’t put it down. Instead this book makes me want to hide my Kindle on my bookshelf and forget I ever saw it. So I am sad to say I won’t be reading this series after all.