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Faith on the Rocks
A Daisy Arthur Mystery
Liesa Malik

Five Star Mystery Series
July 10, 2013 / ISBN 978-1432827137
Cozy Mystery

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Daisy Arthur, a retired special education teacher, joins a romance writing critique group that includes a flirtatious priest along with other aspiring writers and an established author. Daisy learns that conflict can make or break a manuscript, yet doubts she'll ever become published when she receives negative criticism from the group members, yet she doesn't give up. When the priest is found murdered and the second male member of their group is found dead, the remaining members come under suspicion, Daisy included.

Gabe Caerphilly, a lieutenant on Littleton, Colorado's police force, is assigned to investigate the murder. He's the single father of one of Daisy's favorite former students and, for a while after her husband's death, Daisy thought that maybe she and Gabe would become romantic partners, but his job took priority. Now he considers Daisy a possible murder suspect. Worse, his female partner, Sergeant Taylor, is determined to see Daisy put behind bars. Talk about true life conflict! I loved this aspect of the novel, for Daisy's got fodder for a mystery when she longs only for romance.

Ms. Malik has drawn several loveable characters in this entertaining cozy mystery with wonderful touches of humor. Daisy is somewhat of a daydreamer, yet a sensitive and understanding person who can stand up for herself when necessary. Her young next door neighbor, Chip, is a charmer who drops in unexpectedly to invite himself to dinner or ask Daisy to watch his large dog - a four legged character that Gabe, fortunately, handles with expertise. What made the book truly enjoyable was knowing that Daisy longed for Gabe to apply some of that loving expertise her way.

While the murder plot is well developed, it's the characters that make this novel an enjoyable cozy mystery and thoroughly entertaining read. Faith on the Rocks truly rocks!

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2013