Posted in 5 paws, Cozy, Review on March 29, 2016

geared for the grave


Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan.



Evie never had a chance coming to Mackinac Island…she’s a city slicker from Chicago with no clue how things really work on the island…like no cars!  People walk or bike or ride horses everywhere and I’m betting they are all in good shape.  The island isn’t large, maybe 8 square miles and I’m sure you get used to it living there, but I would be like Evie, huffing and puffing at least in the beginning.  I also wondered if Evie was accident prone because she got into a lot of mishaps in the short time since she arrived on the island.

Another favorite character of mine is Angelo – a mobster from Detroit.  He is retired but some of his antics had me in stitches especially since they also involved Evie and her “luck”.

The mystery is to figure out who killed Bunny.  Now because it is tourist season they can’t announce there has been a murder on the island, so the locals are calling it the Bunny Festival which now makes the tourists think there will be some of festival with a bunny theme.  It is quite humorous because I am not sure all the locals know about the secret word!

There are several possibilities for the killer and I don’t think I guessed the killer but I did try and pin it on various townies!

We give this book 5 paws up.