Night Bloom: A Pepper Rose Cozy Mystery: Book 1
Pepper Rose hasn't been back to the Bear Springs Campground since she was thirteen - the same year her father died.
Now 48, the sassy, freshly retired 9-1-1 operator is done being the sheepdog of the family. Longing for a life of her own, she decides to leave her mother and childhood home for the first time and venture to the place that captured her heart so long ago. Placing her mom under the watch of her aloof and pushy twin sister, Pepper buys an RV and returns to the Sierra Nevada mountains as Bear Springs' new camp host.
But as she quickly discovers, life in paradise is not all sunsets and s'mores. On day one of her new job, Pepper learns a staff member has gone missing, and suspects that a co-worker may know more than she's letting on. The disappearance is only the beginning of a slew of troubling events, which lead to shocking discoveries and the unearthing of long-buried secrets.
Relationships new and old are tested and refined as Pepper and the Bear Springs crew must band together to overcome their trials and keep the beloved campground in business.
Mystery, romance and family drama take hearts to places they've never been in this funny and inspirational midlife coming-of-age story.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 7.00 out of 10
Plot/Idea: Fischer's character-driven mystery is evenly paced, with several subplots interwoven within it.
Prose: The tale is told in the first person voice by Pepper Rose, a retired 9-1-1 dispatcher, in a self-deprecating and charming manner.
Originality: This novel is firmly placed in the cozy mystery/thriller genre with little gore or violence in its pages, and more focus on secrets and clues.
Character Development/Execution: The characters in Fischer's novels prove well developed and varied. Pepper is a strong female lead and imminently likable, and the few antagonists the reader encounters are authentic and well placed.
Date Submitted: May 16, 2022