Murder with a Twist (Mack's Bar Mystery, #2)by Allyson K. Abbott

Published August 5th 2014 by Kensington

4 Stars

Synopsis: The regulars at Mack’s Bar love putting their heads together to solve a good mystery. But Mack is learning there’s a big difference between barroom brain teasers and real-life murder. . .

Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton has a unique neurological condition that gives her extra perceptive senses, and police detective Duncan Albright is convinced Mack’s abilities can be used to help catch crooks. Mack may be at pro at mixing drinks, but she’s still an amateur when it comes to solving crimes–and she’s not sure she should mix business with pleasure by working with a man who stirs up such strong feelings in her. At her first crime scene–a suspicious suicide–she experiences a heady cocktail of mixed sensations and emotions that make her question whether police work is right for her. But when Duncan asks her to help find a kidnapped child, she knows she has to give it a shot. . .

My Review: This is the second book in the Mack’s Bar Mystery Series and I enjoyed it even though it was very different from the first one. Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is a Milwaukee bar owner with Synesthesis. This is a real disorder that gives her extra senses and her own senses a boost, for example when you smell something you might hear a sound, or when you see something you might smell an odour.

In this book, Mack has become involved with the Detective she met in the last book. Duncan has been testing Mack’s extra senses and hopes to use her skills to help solve some of the crimes he has to solve. When she goes with him to the home of a suicide victim, she tells him it was not a suicide, but a murder. While he introduces her to the persons of interest as his assistant, she listens, observes and gives him enough information to solve the case. When a second case pops up, where a woman is killed and her child is missing, he again engages Mack in the investigation, especially with time being of the essence when a missing or kidnapped child is involved.

Of course, once again all the quirky patrons of Mack’s bar add interest to the story. There are new characters in the story as Mack’s bar has become a police hangout as well as a new “Capone Club” starting where people come to solve riddles that are composed by various members. Cora plays a big part in this book with helping to solve the missing child mystery. Unfortunately at the end of the book, Duncan is disciplined for involving Mack in the investigation and he tells her that they can not see each other for awhile. Will this be the end of their relationship? Only time will tell.

I will definitely make more visits to Mack’s Bar to see what is in store for Mack, Duncan and the rest of the gang at the bar! This is definitely a book I would recommend to cozy mystery fans! Of course the recipes for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the back of the book are a plus and look delicious.

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