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Checking the Traps (The Isabel Long Mystery Series Book 3) by Joan Livingston

March 27, 2019 - 6:41 am No Comments

So my turn has come on the blog tour for Checking the Traps, the 3rd in the Isabel Long mystery series by Joan Livingstone

Blurb:  Isabel Long is a bit banged up from her last case with a broken collarbone and her arm in a sling. But that doesn’t stop her from pouring beer at the Rooster Bar or taking her third case with Gary Beaumont, a local drug dealer who once terrorized her. Gary is convinced his brother didn’t jump off a bridge known for suicides. Somebody pushed him.

Gary’s brother was a boozer who drove for a highway crew. But what interests Isabel and her ‘Watson’ — her 93-year-old mother who lives with her — is that the man wrote poetry.

The chief suspects are one of Gary’s business associates and a famous poet who plagiarized his brother’s poetry for an award-winning book. Yes, he was that good.

Here is my review:

Checking the Traps (The Isabel Long Mystery Series Book 3) by Joan Livingston

Published by Crooked Cat Books on 22nd March 2019

238 pages

Isabel Long ex-journalist, part-time barmaid and PI has been hired by Gary Beaumont to prove that his brother didn’t kill himself. Hampered by her arm in a sling, Isabel has to use all her reporting skills to get to the truth. As more is found out about Cary’s life the suspect list soon grows.

I liked Isabel as a character, she was happy to take on a difficult case and even with an injury she didn’t let this stand in her way to get to the truth. Whilst Isabel was the star of the show, I enjoyed reading about the other characters, with some being larger than life. Cary, a heavy drinker but a poet by heart, Gary and Larry Beaumont, drug dealers and brothers of the deceased,  Annette and Marsha, cousins who worked at a junkyard, the Old Farts, a group of men who were gossips and one source of Isabel’s investigations and the best character by far her good old mom Maria, for 93 she was up for anything and loved the thrill of the chase.

This mystery flowed smoothly with enough suspects to keep you guessing. With the deceased loving poetry, short poems are scattered throughout the story as whoever Cary came into contact with, he left a poem. There are some funny moments in the book, mainly the nicknames that Isabel and her mom call some of the residents and some of the scenes involving Marsha and Annette. Along with the mystery, you learn more about Isabel and her social life, her budding romance with Jack the owner of the bar she works, which is going ok until his ex-wife turns up.

Not having read any of this series before, I was a bit apprehensive reading the 3rd in the series, in case I could not follow the story, but I did not have to worry. Important facts from previous books were explained throughout this story and I was soon drawn into a good-natured mystery. Although I would advise anyone to read the other two books in the series first, which I am in the process of doing after picking them up.

If you are looking for a mystery to help you rewind than this is the book for you.

Buying Links: UK


Meet the author: 

Author Bio

Joan Livingston is the author of novels for adult and young readers. Checking the Traps, published by Crooked Cat Books, is the third in the mystery series featuring Isabel Long, a longtime journalist who becomes an amateur P.I. The first two are Chasing the Case and Redneck’s Revenge.

An award-winning journalist, she started as a reporter covering the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. She was an editor, columnist, and the managing editor of The Taos News, which won numerous state and national awards during her tenure.

After eleven years in Northern New Mexico, she returned to rural Western Massachusetts, which is the setting of much of her adult fiction, including the Isabel Long mystery series.

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Twitter: http://@joanlivingston


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