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Taking the Fall: A Cozy Mystery (Brenna Battle Book 1)

by Laney Monday

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I thought the idea of a judo champion being at the center of the mystery was unique. The characters were all interesting and had me rooting for them from the start. I did not guess who the real murderer was before it was revealed.

I was a little confused as to why the opening scene was repeated again in a later chapter word for word. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
What happens when an Olympic athlete moves to a small town? Murder, love, betrayal, and a lot of spiteful behavior. Brenna and her sister Blythe decide to move to a small town when Brenna’s leg heals from the latest injury that gets in the way of winning gold.

The plan is to turn a ballet school into a judo dojo. Teaching kids the sport she loves makes Brenna happy. Well, until the local journalist gets killed, and her sister’s hairbrush is the weapon. And one cop is determined to lock up Brenna or Blythe, and another cop seems determined to get Brenna to fall in love with him.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes a cozy mystery with a couple of feisty women who won’t let the world take care of things when they can just as easily solve the problem. Although the easy part may not be true. ( )
  Perrywilson | Jan 20, 2015 |
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Olympian Brenna Battle once had the fire. Now, she’s just burned out—and burned by love. She’s ready to retire from competitive judo and pursue a new dream in a new town, with her biggest supporter, her recently divorced little sister, Blythe. But on their first day in town, Blythe falls for local sleaze-bag reporter, Ellison Baxter, and their small-town welcome is stained by Baxter’s murder. The weapon—Blythe Battle’s hair brush. 

In this fast-paced, fun cozy mystery, Brenna, the proud new owner of the building that formerly housed Bonney Bay’s lone recreational opportunity for kids, Little Swans Ballet, is ready to turn tutu-clad powder-puffs into little warriors by opening a judo school for kids in its place. But now she must clear her sister’s name and save her new dream from ending even more disastrously than her Olympic hopes. Brenna must deal with one crazy member of the local police force, who’s determined to see the sisters pay—and another cop, whose deep brown eyes just might drive Brenna crazy—in a way her battered heart just can’t take.
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