Due for Discard
by Sharon St. George
published by Camel
Why read? Review
Due for Discard is a refreshing cozy aimed at a new generation of mystery writers. Sharon St. George has written a fun story that keeps professional librarian and amateur sleuth Aimee Machado very busy.
After a bad breakup and having to move into an old ranch hand’s apartment on her grandparent’s llama form, Aimee is very excited to start a new job as the forensics librarian at the Timbergate Medical Center. However, on her first day there, her boss’s wife, Bonnie Beardsley, goes missing. All of Timbergate finds out the next morning that Bonnie Beardsley was found dead in a dumpster behind the center. Not only is her new boss a possible suspect, but so is her brother. Aimee will do whatever it takes to clear her brother’s name, but is she willing to pay the cost?
Not quite New Adult, Due for Discard is definitely aimed at a younger audience than typical cozies. Aimee Machado is a fresh sleuth who is passionate about her work but has the myriad of relationship issues common to her peers. St. George has penned a fun and filling mystery, but the info dumps – that tend to be too much information (not in a TMI way, just an overload of unnecessariness) – really slow things down at parts.
Due for Discard is an entertaining read. I hope Sharon St. George has more planned for Aimee Machado. Now that her character is established, that should also tighten up future stories.