Review: Murder in the Aisles
Samhain Publishing
December 2015
REVIEWER:   Brenda Larnell | RATING:  A
REVIEW: It’s a new day and a new way for Donna Hill, aka Olivia Hill, as she delivers her debut novel under that pseudonym, MURDER IN THE AISLES, A Felicia Swift Mystery. Murder and mayhem is the order of the day as we find ourselves in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., in the hallowed impressive halls of the Library of Congress, the world’s largest repository of books.  This setting fits the heroine’s personality to a ‘T’. Not only is Dr. Felicia Swift the Senior Research Librarian, she is also beautiful and brilliant. Clearly, the nation’s capital is her domain.

From the introduction, the reader is drawn into the story with these words, “If there’s one thing Felicia Swift likes more than sex, it’s books.” That one sentence sets the tone for this story. The meticulous genius finds herself involved in a murder that occurs in her house, The Library of Congress. Needless to say, her day takes a turn for the worst. The murder investigation is headed by the somewhat jaded Detective Mark Rizzo, whose demeanor is the opposite of that of the heroine’s, yet their attraction is immediate. Plus, they make a formidable team as they investigate and solve the murders. The repartee between Felicia and Mark is lively, and there is just the right amount of plot twists and turns that makes this mystery story engaging. I can’t leave out their love scenes that are sexy, steamy and sensuous. Rizzo also discerns that there is a lot more to the compelling and complex Felicia than meets the eye, which makes their future as a romantic couple even more intriguing.

There are a few side characters who play minor roles in the protagonists’ day to day lives. There’s Felicia’s bestie, Liz Taylor, Mark’s experienced detective partner, Eddie McDaniels, and their irascible Captain, Theo Burke. These characters will more than likely show up again in other Felicia Swift murder mysteries. Clearly, Hill depicts the protagonists, Felicia and Mark, as the dynamic duo for future stories. Yes, there is no doubt that there will be more because of the succinct hint dropped at the end of the story.

I enjoyed this story, and I believe Donna (Olivia) Hill is on to something. The Felicia Swift Murder Mysteries has the potential to become a notable romance-mystery series. I look forward to reading the next book. In the meantime, I recommend that you get MURDER IN THE AISLES; you are in for a treat.

28th December 2015 |