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Tour_A LITERAL MESS by J. C. Kenney (Ally Cobb #1)

A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery) by J.C. Kenney

About the Book

A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Lyrical Underground (January 8, 2019)

Print Length: 196 pages

ASIN: B07C6T6X41

The first book in a new series featuring Allie Cobb brings the New York literary agent back to her Hoosier home town where a mysterious death keeps everyone on spoiler alert . . .

Allie Cobb left home for the literary circles of Manhattan to make her name out from under the shadow of her legendary father. Now his death brings her and her rescue cat Ursula back to the southern Indiana town of Rushing Creek, population: 3,216. But a tragic new chapter hits the presses when the body of her father’s hard-drinking, #1 bestselling client is found under the historic town bridge. The local police suspect foul play and their prime candidate for murder is the author’s daughter—Allie’s longtime friend.

Determined to clear her bestie, Allie goes into fact-checking amateur detective mode while trying to ignore the usual rumormongers. Those with means, motive, and opportunity include the vic’s ex-wife, his rejected girlfriend, the mayor, and a rival agent trying to mooch clients. With a rugged genealogist distracting her and the imminent Fall Festival about to send tourists descending on their once-peaceful hamlet, Allie needs to stay alive long enough to get a read on a killer ready to close the book on a new victim: Allie . . .

About the Author

J.C. Kenney grew up in a household filled with books by legends Agatha Christie and Lilian Jackson Braun, among many others, so it was no surprise when he found himself writing mystery stories. When he's not writing, you can find him following IndyCar racing or listening to music. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, two sons, and a cat who is the inspiration for Ursula in the Allie Cobb Mysteries.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This cozy mystery novel totally absorbed my interest and kept me guessing throughout! When the father of a New York literary agent passes from cancer in their Southern Indiana small town, she returns home and discovers how much has changed. Ally Cobb's father owned his own literary agency, and trained her. Now she has to close the agency and make certain his authors are taken care of, while simultaneously maintaining her clientele from the New York City agency where she is employed. All this plus grieving; and then her best friend's father dies, and the friend is suspected. Ally stops at nothing to uncover the truth and to clear her friend of suspicion. I was riveted throughout.


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  1. Thanks for hosting me today, Mallory! And thank you to the moon and back for the wonderfully kind review. Have a great day!

  2. Thanks for having me, today, Mallory. Appreciate it!

  3. Thank you for your review on "A Literal Mess" by J.C. Kenney and for being part of the book tour. Sounds like a fabulous book and one that I would greatly love having the opportunity to read. Love the cover!
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