Dead Between the Lines: A Devereaux's Dime Store Mystery
by Denise Swanson
Review by Sherry Lilley
Signet Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780451418883
Date: 04 March 2014 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Devereaux "Dev" Sinclair opens her shop to a book club for the first time. She's been letting various craft clubs meet there, if they behave themselves and buy their supplies from her. But now a book club has asked to use her alcove, or meeting, area and she said sure, just buy the books from me. Little did she know a book club meeting could be so contentious.
The guest speaker, a misogynist and general all around not nice guy, is found murdered in the wee hours after the meeting. Of course, he was found dead in Dev's parking lot behind her shop.
No, Dev is not suspected of the murder, but enough snide remarks are being made about her previous history with crime that she feels she must help the police solve the crime. Her two beaus, the hunky U.S. Marshall and the GQ town doctor, are not happy about it, but they will help her if only to keep her safe. They're not happy about each other, but there's nothing they can do about that. Dev isn't sure which of them is the love of her life, and she's not willing to just pick one and get on with her life. She wants to date both of them until she figures it out. Both of them have their significant good points and bad points.
The book is well written, and I liked the way the story was told from various viewpoints. In this book, both Jake, the U.S. Marshall, and Noah, the town doctor, get a chance to be the narrator, in addition to the normal disinterested party narrator just telling the story.
The book is fluff, but it's good fluff. There's a fair amount of romance thrown in with the mystery, but it doesn't interfere with the mystery. And I like the fact that the romance is romance, not a string of sex scenes. And it could have been, given one of the story lines running through this book. You'll have to read it to find out which one.