For a change, I read a contemporary so-called "Cozy Mystery" that was (of course) a free download from the Kindle shop.
Ginny Aiken wrote "Design on a Crime" as the first of (so far) three books in the "Deadly Décor Mystery" series. It is about a young interior designer who keeps getting involved in murder, without any doing of her own.
In this book, Haley Farrell soon turns out to be the main suspect, and the story revolves around her trying to find out who really did it so that she can present the solution to the detective who seems to be so keen to pin it all on her.
As a character, Haley is not the most likeable of young women (at least not to me). She is prickly and blunt to the point of rudeness, and her troubles with something that happened to her four years ago and the consequent loss of her faith take up a little too much room.
Speaking of faith - if you manage to skip the religious bits, you're in for a light read; light, but at the same time keeping you wanting to find out who did it, not so much for Haley's sake but because you want to know how the author is going to explain everything. The solution is not obvious, there are several red herrings, and the constant cropping up of another character wherever Haley goes seems to be too much of a coincidence.
Anyway, the religious aspect in this story is so big that it should have been classified as "Christian Fiction" or something like that; then, I am sure, a lot of those who gave the book bad reviews would never have read it in the first place.
I am not going to give it that bad of a review, because it was entertaining enough for my train rides to and from work, and although the writing itself was far from brilliant, it was better than some I've read in the past. I do wonder, though, whether Ginny Aiken is on a contract with Starbucks coffee - the brand is mentioned every time someone has coffee, or even just thinks about having coffee, as are other unnecessary mentions of brand names for dog food, sweets and other things.
Not a waste of time, but I'm afraid I would have considered it a waste of money, had I paid for it.