Peril at Peacock Perch
Peril at Peacock Perch
Peril at Peacock Perch is the second in a three part short story series from author Suzanne Rudd Hamilton about the Secret Senior Sleuths Society. Say that five times fast!
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About Peril at Peacock Perch
A murder in Peacock Perch points suspicion to one of their own
A murder case falls into the laps of the Secret Senior Sleuths Society leading the trail of clues to within the community for suspects, including one of its own. Madame Sleuth compiles an elite team from the senior detectives to follow the gossip and social media posts in the neighborhood to reveal potential clues, along with a combination of good old-fashioned sleuthing and technology-based investigation.
With the high stakes of murder so close to their paradise home, can this group of senior citizens use their wits and lifetime experience and knowledge to crack the case and find the perpetrator no matter who it is?
This is the second book in the continuing Secret Senior Sleuths Society series of cozy mysteries featuring the senior citizens of Peacock Perch, who turned a mystery book club into a secret sleuths society to solve mysteries that happen in their active retirement community in Florida.
In the first book, Puzzle at Peacock Perch, the senior sleuths tackle the case of the Vanishing Vixen, a resident in their community who is mysteriously missing.
Thoughts on Peril at Peacock Perch
I am really glad I read Puzzle at Peacock Perch before reading Peril at Peacock Perch. Because this one felt a lot more cheesy in the beginning. Like Suzanne Rudd Hamilton was struggling to sell the idea of a bunch of senior citizens solving crimes.
Peril at Peacock Perch starts with a murder, or potential murder. All we know is there is a body. My first thought was, someone died in a retirement community? Call the media! I mean, imagine that one. Calling the media when they don’t die would be more newsworthy.
So I will be the first to admit that I didn’t have high hopes for this one. But I was willing to give it a try, because I really did enjoy Peril at Peacock Perch and wanted to see where this one took me.
Peril at Peacock Perch had some spelling errors and other errors I noticed that momentarily took me out of the story, and I’m never a fan of that happening. One where our main character orders a drink, and is then handed a completely different drink. I had to stop and read it again, just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. In comparison to Puzzle at Peacock Perch, Peril felt a lot more rushed and a bit sloppy, even having made-up words like “spouseicide” in it.
My best advice here is to be patient. You have to get through the beginning and the cheesy stuff, and the storyline really does improve. The random spelling errors or misused drink names aren’t egregious enough to give it a lower star rating, it is just something I noticed.
I was very surprised that the more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading. For a book having such a terrible start, it really did improve as it went on. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by this.
Final Thoughts on Peril at Peacock Perch
If you are looking for a fairly quick and simplistic read to pass the time on a cold and rainy afternoon, this series is the perfect way to do it!
Despite the fact that I liked Puzzle at Peacock Perch better than Peril, I would still recommend it. It is fun and a great simple read. Just be prepared if you’re a nitpicky reader about the spelling errors and feeling of the writing being rushed. It is a good book, but missed the mark on being a great book, for me.
There is a third edition of the Secret Senior Sleuths Society coming out later this year called “Pandemonium at Peacock Perch.” I enjoyed this series so far and am looking forward to the next adventure our senior sleuths go on.
Have you read Peril at Peacock Perch or any other writing from author Suzanne Rudd Hamilton? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
About the Author
To my readers…
A friend once told me “Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.”
I always wanted a mantra that I could truly believe and live every day. I spent my first career in journalism, public relations, real estate, and marketing, trying to find my bliss. But other than raising my children, I only had bouts of loving my various careers. It never lasted, but you have to make a living.
Now I’m in my second career, the search has ended. I moved from Chicago to the year-round warmth and gentle breezes of Southwest Florida. And I am doing things I have always wanted to do, just for the love of it. I am writing fictional novels, children’s books, short stories, and essays that relate and retell everyday life experiences in a fun-filled read. I am writing, directing, and acting in a series of mystery “whodunit” plays. And I am continuing my first love of singing. Now, I have a mantra.
I write to tell everyday women’s stories through fiction with heart, humor, and humanity, and all the flaws, choices, and discovery that come with their individual journey. I invite you to come along for the ride with me and meet some interesting people you may know or would like to know. It may even be you. I promise to try to make you laugh, love, and feel, and I will try not to bore you. I would be honored to be your guide. Welcome.
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