Murder in the Aisles by Olivia Hill
A Felicia Mystery Book 1
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full length (191 Pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel
Murderous intent is no match for killer intellect accessorized with stiletto heels.
A Felicia Swift Mystery, Book 1
If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books. But her dream job at the Library of Congress takes a macabre turn when she finds a linguistics specialist lying dead between his least favorite subjects: Anthropology and Astrophysics.
Worse, the utterly sexy detective seems to have his eyes on Felicia’s curves more than the evidence, which she is convinced points at the wrong man. And she plans to convince him of just that—right after he buys her an apple martini.
Mark Rizzo plans to wrap up this investigation as quickly as possible. Until he realizes the witness isn’t some dumpy, wizened librarian, but a researcher with endless legs, bottomless intellect, and a bulldog determination to complicate this open-and-shut case all to hell.
As Felicia and Rizzo dig closer to the truth, the real culprit gets jittery enough to try something desperate. Leaving Felicia to wonder if their investigation will lead them down the aisle of no return.
This book’s heroine was nothing like I expected. Felicia is not the usual type of librarian and I loved that. Who is she? She’s a fashionista who not only loves books but also loves sex. Her meeting with the sexy detective was funny because she’s not what she seems. It’s deliciously good.
Felicia has been working long enough with her colleagues in the library to know that there was no way that a linguistics specialist would have been found dead in that section of the library. Literally dead. She could have just let the detectives do their work and uncover the truth but she knew that the detectives would need her expertise. But of course they wouldn’t actually ask, right? An alpha male like Mark asking Felicia for help? That does not happen that easily. So, she did exactly what she needed to do–she started investigating and uncovering the mystery. That led to a lot of ‘accidents’ that could have almost either killed or significantly maimed her.
This was a wonderful story that captured my attention when I saw the title. The story was good but the mystery element of it was a little too stretched. By that I mean, it was almost glossed over. There’s more focus on Felicia and Detective Rizzo’s chemistry. Plenty of that and the hot action to back it up. The romance became the backdrop or background until halfway through. This is a good romantic mystery read and a good beginning to a new series. It’s like a cozy mystery with an extra shot of sizzle.