Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Saturday, May 17, 2014

All in the Family by Roseanne Dowell


Taking over the police chief’s job in her hometown should have been easy for Callie Johnson. At least that's what she thought. After working in a big city, small town crime would be a breeze. What a surprise when she arrives to find her grandmother, the judge, accused of murder. As if that wasn't enough she’s attacked while walking to her car. Between criminal investigations, her nutty family’s antics and her Aunt Beatrice Lulu's matchmaking, Callie definitely has her work cut out for her. Will her grandmother be exonerated? Can Callie ward off her aunt’s unsuitable suitors? What other surprises were in store for her? More importantly, can she find the person who attacked her?


All in the Family is a pleasant read with funny, engaging characters who pull you in, keep you interested, and make you laugh out loud in public places. The book is well-paced, but there were some glaring editorial glitches. Most of the book is written in third person, but there were places where it jumped into first person narration. There was also some major head-hopping—changing point-of-view in the middle of scenes. I know Ms. Dowell and she’s usually very professional. I confess, I’m very disappointed. But then, she’s changed publishers. Maybe her new one doesn’t have the same standards as her old one.

As I said, All in the Family is a very pleasant read. If you’re not as nit-picky as I am, you’ll probably enjoy it a lot.

Length:  179 Pages
Print:  $8.95
Digital:  $2.99

Thanks for visiting. Rose & Rochelle

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