Thursday 5 April 2018

French Vanilla & Felonies: a funny romantic mystery (Cambria Clyne Mysteries #1) by Erin Huss

French Vanilla & Felonies: a funny romantic mystery (Cambria Clyne Mysteries Book 1)
From author Erin Huss comes an "uproariously funny" (InD'Tale Magazine) new mystery...

When Cambria Clyne—klutzy, twenty-something single mom—takes the job of an apartment manager at an LA complex, she hopes her run of bad luck is finally coming to an end. She's got a nice home for her daughter, a steady source of income, and the cute maintenance guy is certainly a nice perk! But her luck takes a bad turn again when a dead body turns up, a crime spree takes over the community, and Cambria finds her complex squarely at the center of it all!

With her dream job suddenly on the line, Cambria dons her detective hat to get to the truth—after all, she's watched enough crime shows on TV to know how to catch a perp! Or so she hopes as she wades through a streaker in apartment 40, an ex-con with a shady agenda, an overly frisky retired couple, and the suspiciously sneaky dealings of the dentist in apartment 36. But will Cambria be able to catch a killer... or will she get caught up in his game and lose it all?   (Summary via Goodreads)

Note: A previous edition of this book was released under the title "For Rent."

Cambria Clyne Mysteries:
Strawberry Swirl & Suspicion (prequel short story)
French Vanilla & Felonies (book #1)
Rocky Road & Revenge (book #2) 

In French Vanilla and Felonies by Erin Huss, everything takes place in one spot.....and that is awesome !!  

You have Cambria Clyne getting a new job as apartment manager for a 39 unit , no make that 40, unit apartment complex and on her first day, she stubbles across a dead body.  And the dead body just happens to be a tenant !!

So before Cambria is even unpacked and settled in her new apartment that came with the job, everyone in the apartment complex is already leary of her and wondering if she had anything to do with the dead tenant.

You cannot help but fall in love with Cambria and feel sorry for her.  All she wants to do is have a good job, safe place to live and be able to take care of herself and her three year old that too much to ask for ?  

Well no is not in her vocabulary and neither is keeping quiet and to

As she tries to learn her new job, unpack her belongings and try to seetle in, she finds herself caught up in a lot more than collecting rent and trying to keep the tenants happy.  Even though everyone did tell her to stay out of it, she cannot.  After all , this is where she is going to live and raise her daughter...she has to make sure its safe !!!

You will love how Cambria runs to ice cream to help with every situation.   You will love the colorful and assorted tenants that live in the apartment complex.  You will love her best friend, Amy, and her "baby daddy" Tom.  And you cannot help but like Chase the maintenance guy even if he sucks at the job.  But I think the best thing you will like is that the majority of the story keeps you front and center at the apartment complex.  You don't have to travel very far for a good story.  So grab a drink, a snack and hang out with Cambria.....just don't go into courtyard three......

Review by Missi S.

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