Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Mary Berger
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Mattie Mitchell and her friend Clare are a pair that seem to attract trouble. While out hiking they witness a murder, later they get involved in uncovering the truth behind a potential poisoning plot, and if that isn’t enough their attempts at pottery nearly run their instructor into retirement! But can Mattie and her friend solve all of these mysteries before they become victims themselves?
Mary Berger’s “A Trip to the Waters Edge” is a tongue-in-cheek chic-lit murder mystery. The beginning starts off with a gripping witness of a brutal murder but I’ll admit I was a little surprised that the main characters did not react as seriously to the crime that I would have expected. The storyline leaves the murder arc and takes an interesting turn into a potential poisoning at Autumn Leaves along with another arc devoted to the ladies adventures at a pottery class. I didn’t understand why these seemingly unrelated story arcs were injected in the narrative when the murder seemed to be the central element at the beginning so the story slowed down a bit for me in the first half of the book. However, the second half finds its pace and all of what I thought were distracting and unnecessary side journeys actually come together at the end.
For those who like a light hearted humorous murder mystery, check out “A Trip to the Water’s Edge”. The characters are a hoot and you’ll wonder what Mattie and Clare will get into next!
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.