Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Overkill by Andre Charles is the second book in the Molly & Mike mystery series. Cactus Heights is a quiet retirement community, but something sinister is lurking. Tom O’Day was a retired judge, healthy, wealthy, and had plenty of friends. When he falls to his death on an outing with the hiking club, Detective Rasmussen deems it suspicious. Mike Landry was following Tom on the hike and noticed he was behaving oddly before his fall, but Rasmussen is pointing the finger at Mike. Together with Molly, Mike needs to clear his name and discover what really happened on that cliff. A burglary at the judge’s house on the day of the hike must factor into their investigation as they solve puzzle after puzzle to get to the truth. When it seems they are out of luck, Molly decides to gamble. Will it be too dangerous, or will it pay off?
Overkill by Andre Charles is a cozy mystery with plenty of action and no small amount of suspense. It’s an easy story to read and follow, with many twists and turns. You’ll have fun following the story and figuring out the real culprit. Although this is part of a series, I read it as a standalone; the characters are well-developed with enough backstory to grasp who they are and what makes them tick. This is a great read for people who love cozy mysteries and amateur sleuth stories; it has a lot of go, a steady tale, and a good, thick plot. If you love puzzles and figuring out the bad guy in a murder mystery, you’ll love this one. It will certainly get your mind ticking.