#BookReview – Brother of Interest @KarinaBartow #Netgalley #Mystery

I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

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What I like most about this book is the strained relationship between Minka Avery and her brother, Robin, and how it grows and evolves through the story. Minka was a detective and a good one. But when she and her husband, Wes, decided to start a family, she trades in her badge for strollers and diapers. While she loves being a mother, the lure of solving a mystery that involves her estranged brother is too much to deny.
Robin is arrested for an alleged attack on his boss who had recently fired him, and Minka has her doubts about her brother’s guilt or innocence. But as the clues unfold and everything points to someone else, she is determined to work on the case from the sidelines, often bringing her baby, Caela, along with her.
All of the characters in this story are likable, even the nosy neighbor they call “Scoop.” Minka’s relationship with her brother-in-law is endearing. Not only was he her partner when she worked for the police department but is her best friend as well as her husband’s brother. And it’s interesting to watch Minka’s reaction to Cael’s new love interest.
The author did a good job of revealing one clue after another much like peeling back the layers of an onion. My only critique would be about a large amount of backstory included. To be honest, I skimmed over most of it as it didn’t seem to affect the outcome of the story. If you like a good mystery with deep personal relationships, you will enjoy this book.

I gave it Four Stars.

19 thoughts on “#BookReview – Brother of Interest @KarinaBartow #Netgalley #Mystery

  1. I think backstory is usually necessary, but I don’t like it when it’s presented in large chunks. Just give me a little at a time, sprinkled here and there. Still, it sounds like a good mystery. Great review, Jan!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your review, Jan. As authors, we often enjoy sharing backstory, but it’s one of those darlings we have to kill when it isn’t relevant. Your other comments were great examples of the book’s strengths. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one that skims over parts, Denise. I am sure it’s important to show relationship development, but I just wanted to get on with the story. Thank you for stopping by.

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