Where Everything Seems Double is a cozy mystery featuring Gina Gray, the seventh in a series with Gina and her love interest DCI Scott. In this book, Gina is asked for help by a former friend from the past whose husband got into trouble for unknowingly helping the murder in All the Daughters, her second book. A young girl has gone missing and Colin, the woman’s husband, is suspected of being involved. The friend is still angry and the letter is a demand for redress, but Gina decides to help anyway even though her young granddaughter is coming for a visit.

And here is where she lost me. Knowing that the missing girl is about the same age as her granddaughter, Gina not only brings her anyway, she actually suggests she investigate by making friends with the missing girl’s friends. Who does that?

I suppose, on one hand, you could say she was smart since her granddaughter figures out the answer before she does, but seriously? Gina’s blithe “All’s well that ends well” attitude has me more in sympathy with her daughters than her. Sorry, not sorry.

The mystery and its solution were fair and relatively well-constructed, and yes, it’s a good mystery, but I doubt I will read more in the Gina Gray series. It’s not that I disliked Where Everything Seems Double, I disliked Gina. From the moment she decided to drag her granddaughter along to infiltrate the young people who knew the missing girl, she seemed incredibly irresponsible. It was interesting to see the narrative switch from Gina to Freda and back from chapter to chapter, but Freda’s voice seemed less like a teen and more like an adult approximation of a teen. The inclusion of Freda’s artwork had a purpose but contrary to being gifted as described in the story, her drawings look more like what an eight-year-old would draw, not someone who is thirteen with talent. It was a good enough mystery, but I doubt I will read more in the series.

I received an e-galley of Where Everything Seems Double from the publisher through NetGalley.

Where Everything Seems Double at Matador |Troubadour

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