Review: Bright and Beautiful Cozy Mystery

Note: I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Mystery-solving priest Alma is at it again in this second installment of a spiritual LBTQ cozy mystery series.

In this book Alma struggles with who to trust in her personal and professional lives after the Bishop of the church gives her a license to meddle in a murder investigation. The dead woman is a famous poet murdered on church grounds the night before her wedding and played out in her wedding dress in the middle of the labyrinth. She was to marry another priest's brother the next day.

As Alma sorts through her feelings toward two of her old flames, she once again solves the crime, while putting herself in grave danger along the way.

Alma is a complex character and her inner dialogue is endearing and spiritual at the same time. This book deals with some of the struggled bi-sexual people have with both the LGBT and straight communities. The book also focuses on Alma's place between two racial identities and the differences between classes in large urban cities.

Even with all this going on the book does a great job captivating you with the story and the mystery moves at a pretty good pace as Alma puts the clues together. I got a little tired of hearing Alma pine for Naomi, who just doesn't seem that great to me, while throwing away Cesar who seems to be someone who actually cares for her. I hope in the next book Alma can move on to someone new who isn't as annoying.

All in all it's a great read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery with a big city twist.

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book cover of Bright & Beautiful