Tea & Croakies – Book Review
Author: Sam Cheever
Genre: Cosy mystery, paranormal
My rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: Published 2nd August, 2019 by Electric Prose Publications
Format: Kindle ebook, 282 pages
What did I think?
2 1/2 stars rounded up to 3.
What I liked:
– Likeable characters, including the animals, Mr Wicked and Mr Slimy.
– I like the smarminess of the main character and her odd relationship with her coworker, Sebille.
– It was a quirky story, and it was quite imaginative. For example, I liked the use of supernormal for supernatural.
What I did not like:
– Some great world building yet a lot left unexplained as well. Questions!! So many questions. How did the frog get into Croakies? Do humans know of the supernormals? How does the world work?? Cosies tend to be short, and I guess there isn’t as much time for world-building.
– Word repetition: Beat was found 29 times (and that’s not counting heartbeat at 7 times). Once I noticed the ‘beat’ issue, I started to focus too much on individual words. This meant that words like roil, egress, discombobulate and reverberate. Which were only used anywhere from two to five times, started to stand out to me as well. It was annoying.
Overall this was an average cosy with some great ideas in the world-building sense. It was cute and amusing in bits, too. But the execution could be improved.