Book Review – “May Day” by Jess Lourey (Murder by Month Mystery Series #1)

  Title:  May Day (Murder by Month Series #1)

Author:  Jess Lourey

ISBN:  9780738708386

Publisher:  Llewellyn


Synopsis (

Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation—too easy. Due to a dead-end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake. Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man until he turns up dead between the reference stacks her tenth day on the job.

Anxious to learn more about the man who had briefly stolen her heart, Mira delves into the hidden mysteries of Battle Lake, including a old land deed with ancient Ojibwe secrets, an obscure octogenarian crowd with freaky social lives, and a handful of thirtysomething high school buddies who hold bitter, decades-old grudges. Mira soon discovers that unknown dangers are concealed under the polite exterior of this quirky small town, and revenge is a tator-tot hotdish best served cold.

A hip, humorous, and gripping account of small-town murder, this novel is the first in a series of cozies featuring Mira James, an urban woman with rural Minnesota roots.


My thoughts:  This book marks the debut for Jess Lourey’s Murder by the Month Mystery Series.  I have now read this one and the second one, and I must say the series is just so-so.  Put it this way, it is the type of cozy mystery that I read while I am on the elliptical as a no brainer.  A couple of good workouts and you can get through the book.  The main character and other characters in the series for that matter are relatively unmemorable.   As far as the “cozy” factor goes, I don’t find the setting in the book particulary cozy as I do the coffee shop books, cupcake books, and other cozies I read.

I don’t have much to say about this one.  It is the type of series that I certainly don’t rush out to buy.  However, they do come across Amazon Kindle free or relatively cheap once a while so I grab them up.

Worth a try if you need some light, easy reading.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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