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March 28, 2013 / Leslie

Review: Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComas

Something About Sophie by Mary Kay McComasSomething About Sophie
by Mary Kay McComas

Genre: Mystery
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: March 26, 2013
Format: Paperback | 320 pages
Rating: 3 of 5

Sophie Shepard has always known she was adopted but never had the desire to locate her birth parents. She loved her adopted parents and was happy with the home they had provided for her. Investigating the circumstances of her birth seemed unnecessary. When she received a letter from Arthur Cubeck, everything changed.

Arther had written to Sophie several times saying he had something important to tell her about her birth mother. Each time she politely refused to meet with him; but when the latest letter arrived begging her to see him before he died, she agreed to go on her summer break from teaching. She would drive to the small Virginia town where he lived, about eight hours away from her home in Ohio.

When Sophie arrived, it was too late. Arthur had passed away. She stayed the night at the local B&B but before she could leave for home, Arthur’s attorney asked her to remain for the funeral and the reading of the will. It was important. Arthur had left her a substantial gift.

Many folks in this small town were not happy with Sophie’s arrival. Now there were many questions to be answered and Sophie wanted to find out the truth. What is her relationship to Arthur? Someone doesn’t want her to know and they will stop at nothing to keep it a secret, including murder. The sheriff asks Sophie to stay in town while he investigates several incidents related to her arrival. Sophie decides to do some investigating of her own.

The story starts out as a mystery but quickly turns to romance and, as the plot thickens, becomes a thriller with an unexpected ending. There were a lot of characters, some well-developed, some not as much, but we learn enough to know that any of them could be the killer or know the secret. Sophie meets Dr. Drew McCarren her first day in town. He offers to help her get some answers and after a few days they are involved in a whirlwind romance. Believable? No. Fun fantasy? Of course.

This was a fast, fun read with an enjoyable setting in a small town. While the plot was a little unbelievable, this is a book to be read for entertainment, not reality.

Recommended for readers who like romantic mysteries or anyone looking for a light read.

Source: Review copy through TLC Book Tours.
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  1. Carol / Mar 28 2013 10:18 am

    Light romantic mystery – sounds like it might be a nice summer read.


    • Leslie / Mar 28 2013 1:37 pm

      Perfect for sitting out on the deck. Now if only spring would arrive and bring with it some warm weather I could sit outside.


  2. BermudaOnion / Mar 28 2013 1:28 pm

    I generally don’t like it when they add a romance to a story like that so I’ll have to think about this one.


    • Leslie / Mar 28 2013 1:36 pm

      From the description it wasn’t clear to me that there was a romance embedded in the story. I don’t usually go for those. But there was enough mystery to keep me happy, and romance fans should enjoy this one even more than I did.


  3. Mary / Mar 28 2013 1:38 pm

    Sounds like a great beach read. I’ll keep it in mind!


    • Leslie / Mar 28 2013 1:39 pm

      I think you would enjoy this one a lot.


  4. Suko / Mar 28 2013 5:37 pm

    Wonderful, concise review, Leslie. I hope spring arrives soon in your area.


  5. Heather J. @ TLC / Mar 28 2013 10:01 pm

    Sometimes a light, romantic read is exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour!


  6. samstillreading / Mar 29 2013 12:46 am

    Sounds like a book for a long weekend! Hopefully out here soon.


  7. Leeswammes / Mar 29 2013 2:13 pm

    I’m not sure about the romance, but I do like a light story every now and then. Sounds like a good read for a relaxing time.


  8. Melinda / Mar 31 2013 7:04 am

    I like mysteries, but I am not a fan of romance novels though. I see this one is a bit of both 🙂


  9. laurelrainsnow / Apr 1 2013 8:28 am

    This does sound like a great summer read…I do love mysteries, small town life (in books!), and secrets….



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