Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Befuddled is a short, sharp mystery novel from the Love Inc. Mystery series, and was penned by author Anita Bombard. This charming and light mystery novel provides a fast-paced read when our plucky heroine AJ Love finds herself on the arm of the studly Detective Stone on a date with both him and disaster. The appearance of an impossible body puts them onto a trail to seek out a killer that should never have been able to escape the scene, and the pair investigates with plenty of hijinks and sizzle of their own along the way. What results is an intriguing and playful caper centered on relationships and mysteries.
With plenty of humor and sparkle thrown in for luck, Befuddled is far from serious, but also highly infectious as a playful chick-lit mystery novel. AJ is an excellent central figure for the tale to play around, with a bright, quirky nature and a feisty attitude at just the right moments. Author Anita Bombard describes the gorgeous but hard-boiled Detective Stone with all the right notes for an alpha male romance lead, and their personal interplay gets them into all sorts of fun situations which both help and hinder the case. The plot is solid and not easy to predict, making for plenty of surprises and an interesting and satisfying conclusion to a seemingly impossible problem. Overall, Befuddled is a recommended read for all cozy mystery fans, as well as those chick-lit readers looking for a new genre with the same sense of fun.