Flora Reviews… One Tequila (Althea Rose Mysteries #1) by Tricia O’Malley
Quote from One Tequila
“We can’t be the same. We should never be the same. It isn’t light and dark. It’s just that our powers and essences are so different.”
Plot: 3/5 – Flow: 3/5 – Character Development: 3/5 – World Building: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
What’s One Tequila about?
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Title: One Tequila by Tricia O'Malley
Series: Althea Rose Mystery #1
Published by Lovewrite Publishing on 11 July, 2018
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Amy Melissa Bentley
Length: 5 hours 40 minutes
No. of Pages: 263
Tequila Key is just like any other small town and I'm just like any other small town psychic. Scratch that. Tequila Key is a world onto itself and some people might think that I am one crayon short of the box.
And, if we're being totally honest, Tequila Key is just like any other small town – if that town boasts a voodoo priestess and a few white witches for flavor. Turquoise blue water and the best margaritas this side of Mexico make it hard to leave.
I'm Althea Rose, co-owner of Luna Rose Potions & Tarot Shop, and I've just stumbled into a love triangle while trying to save my best friend from being accused of murder.
See? Just like any other small town.
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Read: 17th – 19th November 2018
Publication Date: 16th July 2015
This book is set in sunny Tequila Key in the Florida Keys and has enough paranormal sprinkles to sit within the cosy mysteries genre as well as the paranormal one.
I can confirm that the mystery aspect of this tale is solved by the end of the book, which means that you could read as a standalone story.
What did I like about One Tequila?
Tricia O’Malley is a new-to-me author but I liked her writing style, the pace her plot developed and the subtle mix of magic and the paranormal that she added to her world.
The mystery aspect of this story and the way our heroine, Althea Rose was trying to solve it with her besties was enjoyable. I appreciated the various twists and turns that Ms O’Malley weaved into this cosy mystery story. Not only with Althea’s quest to solve the murder but within the background plot lines too.
I liked our main character, Althea Rose, her best friend and co-owner of Luna Rose Potions & Tarot Shop, Luna Lavelle. However, it was their best friend and bar owner, Beau Redford that stole the show for me. I adored his quick wit, banter and effervescence. Connecting to him almost immediately. I looked forward to the scenes that he was in.
This cozy mystery made me chuckle, I shed a tear or two, the tension and action fed my adrenalin and the relationship between the three best friends warmed my heart.
Was there anything I didn’t like?
Ok, so I’ve got to be honest, there was a niggle or two that kept me from rating this book higher.
My main gripe was the romance aspect in this tale. I liked our heroine but there is a love triangle in this story and I couldn’t understand why it was there. The characters involved, their actions, the dialogue, it didn’t add value for me or move the story on. I won’t say any more as “I don’t do spoilers” but feel free to leave a comment to discuss this, more than fleeting, plot aspect of One Tequila.
Basically, what I’m saying is…
I enjoyed this book; it was good.
One Tequila has proved to have many of the elements that I look for in an engaging story. A good mystery thriller, humour, a great leading lady and a good set of supporting characters. It even had some romance and a sprinkling of magic and the supernatural.
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