Sunday, July 21, 2019

Leg Up by Annabelle Hunter - Book Review & Tour

Book: Leg Up
(Book 1 in the Lark Davis Mystery Series)
Author: Annabelle Hunter
No. of pages: 165
Independently Published
Publication Date: 1 June 2019


A severed leg with no body? Check.
A disturbing lack of coffee? Check.
A murderer bent on revenge and a hot cop using her as bait? Double check.
Larklyn Davis moved to the small picturesque town of Barrow Bay, California, needing a new start on life. She found the perfect cottage house, almost the perfect distance from her ex-husband, and built the perfect stable for her dressage business. But when a severed leg suddenly appears on her front porch, her life takes a turn for the absurd.
As more clues pile up, and the killer not content to leave Lark alone, she’s forced to take things into her own hands. One problem: the hottest detective she has ever seen is convinced she is involved. Detective Brecken Wilson looks like he should be in a movie, not glued to Lark’s side, waiting for the other leg to drop.
There’s not enough coffee in the world for Lark to deal with this crime, the detective who stirs things she hasn’t felt in years, and a matchmaking town, intent help her find the happiness she doesn’t want.

Book Review by Nadaness In Motion

"There was a severed leg on my porch."

That's how Leg Up by Annabelle Hunter opens. From the first lines, we notice that Larklyn "Lark" Davis is one of the most sarcastic characters ever. And a hilarious one too.

There are tons of quotable parts in the book. Even when dealing with problems, Lark's sarcasm makes way for humor and comic relief.

Lark has recently moved from a big city to the small town of Barrow Bay, along with her daughter and horse-training business. Minding her business, Lark wakes up to find a body part on her porch. But one body part isn't enough, soon she gets a second…

Leg Up, the first book in the Lark Davis Mystery Series, is narrated from Lark's first person perspective, giving the reader a ton of humor and sarcasm, along with her inner thoughts. 

"Ma'am, we ask that you give us the facts and not any assumptions."
"Okay. I opened my door and there was a severed leg on my porch."
"Are you sure it is human?"
"Yes, I'm sure."
"May I ask how?"
"Well, the shoe was a good indication, but the tattoo really clinched it for me."

One of the many things I enjoyed about Annabelle Hunter's Leg Up were the characters and the pace, which was quite fast and exciting. We meet Brecken Wilson, who everyone sees and calls Captain America, making way for lots of laughs especially for Lark.

I like how Hunter introduces the characters, each with their quirks. I loved how the characters – yes plural – sat together to talk about the murders and point fingers and jump to conclusions in the presence of the handsome detective.

The language and narration are easy to navigate. The incidents, including the final showdown, are all full of humor. As soon as I finished reading Leg Up, I felt like I was going to miss the characters.

I also liked how Lark often discovers that her thoughts are voiced aloud - unintentionally of course. *big grin*
Leg Up is literally a ton of fun to read! I loved every bit of it! 5 stars!

Note: I received a free copy of Leg Up by Annabelle Hunter as part of a blog tour with Lori's Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. This did not affect my review in anyway.

About the author:
Annabelle Hunter is a stay-at-home mom and an avid fan of classic mystery shows and dressage. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and too many animals.

Connect with Annabelle Hunter via Facebook, Twitter, and her Website.

Update: Check out Nadaness In Motion's exclusive interview with Annabelle Hunter where she talks more about her books and writing.

Update 2: Leg Up by Annabelle Hunter has made it to Nadaness In Motion's Top Books of 2019!

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