A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes | DNF Report

January 16, 2015 Reviews 16

DNF Report

I’ve decided that when I’ve spent days (and sometimes weeks… because DNFs tend to take a lot more time) reading a book and have to give up on it, I want to give a quick explanation why. So welcome to what I’m calling a DNF report. It’s not a real book review but a quick report of why I had to call it quits and the time of death.

A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes

A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes | DNF ReportA Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes
Series: Magical Cures Mystery #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 3, 2012
Genres: Cozy, Paranormal
Pages: 164
Length: 4 hours 52 minutes
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Bubble... Bubble...

June Heal has nothing to lose when she relocates her homeopathic cure shop, A Dose of Darla, from the flea market booth in her home town, to a quaint shop in the cozy but unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky. Or so it seems.

Cures and trouble...

Whispering Falls has a lot of secrets. From talking snow globes to whispering animals not to mention a few sprinkles of fairy dust, June realizes Whispering Falls is more magical than she thought. . .literally.

Magic stirs...

June discovers she was born into a family of psychics, and her homeopathic cures truly are magical. Unfortunately, they are not magical enough to save her from being the number one murder suspect when a member of the community that she had just had a disagreement with shows up face down in the lake with June’s lucky charm in the victim’s grasp.

And troubles double...

Add to that an attraction to her high school best friend, Sheriff Oscar Park and Mr. Prince Charming, her cat, is stealing charms from Belle’s Baubles, June is forced to clear her name in more ways than murder. After all, they don’t have cauldrons in jail.

I really thought A Charming Crime was going to be cute. I like small town dynamics and animal companions and magic and such. But A Charming Crime just didn’t deliver.

Why it didn’t work for me:

From the get-go there were things that rubbed me wrong. This is going to sound like knit-picking, but sounds were written out in italics and then also described. Like “meow, meow. The cat meowed.” I know, not a big deal but it bugged me and was prevalent.

But the real reason that I called it quits was that the storyline in A Charming Crime was just ridiculous. I can take a bit of humorous ridiculousness but it wasn’t funny to me. A few examples:

– the main character thinks about moving. A guy randomly shows up to her house saying he has buyers who want a home just like hers. To the T. And so he whips out a contract, she signs, and he hands her a check, paying her way more than her house is worth. Really? I mean… Really?

– a murder happens (its a cozy mystery) and the main character has a couple shocking moments. Both are not really written to make us feel shock though. Its like “so and so died. Oh and she had x in her hand. That’s not good.” Queue eye rolling. Except our main character is so overwhelmed she faints. Only to awaken, be told “we know this secret about you and its pretty unbelievable and confusing” and she accepts it completely, no questions. She just suddenly understands this big, confusing thing. And then for some reason that I was kind of unclear on, she faints again. Really?

– our main character is brand new to this town and way of life, but they decide she needs to lead this ritual. And what do you know, she knows exactly what to do – without any instruction. That would have been bad enough, but the whole ritual and the way it played out made me roll my eyes. And close my book. That was it. I was done.

Here’s the deal – I read a lot of paranormal and maybe I expect too much believability in my paranormal. If your okay with in your face obviousness you might like it. Although I will say I have no idea who murdered the lady – that mystery is solid and if I cared enough about the world or characters (not one stood out well enough for me to know their name) it probably would be satisfying.

So it didn’t work for me and I’m calling it.

Time of death: 50%


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About Tonya Kappes

Tonya has written over 15 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews. She lives with her husband, three teenage boys, two very spoiled schnauzers and one ex-stray cats in northern Kentucky and grew up in Nicholasville. Now that her boys are teenagers, Tonya writes full time but can be found at all of her guys high school games with a pencil and paper in hand.


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16 Responses to “A Charming Crime by Tonya Kappes | DNF Report”

  1. Lexxie

    Oh, I love that you called a time of death, Berls! I had to DNF one last week, too, and I should really be a little more strict about how far I want to read before I call it quits. And I think it’s a good thing to actually write down the reasons why we stop reading πŸ™‚
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    • Berls

      Thanks, I decided that DNF books feel like an operation gone very badly – aka ending in death LOL. I used to have a strict 20% point, but lately I’ve just made myself get to the 10% point and then if I have any interest I keep going until I either start to like it or give up. But I agree, I like to share why I stop reading, because those very same reasons could be why someone wants to read a book!
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  2. Lola

    I am considering to start posting DNF reviews on my blog as well, because like you said you still spent a lot of time with that book and I usually write a DNF review of some sorts.
    That the sounds were written out in italics and then also described sounds weird. I can imagine how that would rub you wrong, also small things like that can still feel really annoying when reading. And iIbelieve that even fantasy needs to be realistic and make sense, maybe in a different way than the real worls, but it still needs to make sense. This sounds like a book that would rub me wrong as well. I hope your next read is better!
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    • Berls

      I think you totally should write DNF reviews – I know a lot of people shy away from them because they don’t think they can provide a full review. But I think explaining why you didn’t like a book so much that you had to stop it makes a lot of sense. And you can always do it as nicely as possible.

      The sounds in italics and then also described was a small thing but SO ANNOYING! And yeah, fantasy has to be realistic. Nope, this one just wasn’t for me.
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    • Berls

      The cover had me hesitant too- but there were elements in the blurb that appealed. And I keep TRYING to get over the judging books by their covers. But that seems to backfire too often, like here. Yea, it totally drove me crazy!
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    • Berls

      Yep, file it away as one to skip!

      I’m good πŸ™‚ Life just got crazy this week – I’m taking a teacher certification class and it’s INTENSE. I’m gone from 7:30am- 5:30 pm and then I have hours of homework to do. Today’s the first chance I’ve had to give my blog any attention πŸ™
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