Review: Death & Decluttering by Nancy McGovern

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Death and Decluttering by Nancy McGovern. Death and Decluttering is the first book in the new cozy mystery series Sparks and Joy by author Nancy McGovern.

This blog tour is organised by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 4 till 24 January. See the tour schedule here.

About the Book:

Death and DeclutteringDeath and Decluttering (Sparks and Joy #1)
By Nancy McGovern
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 23 June, 2020

Joy Russo loves chaos. From her life as a busy reporter to her brawling, coffee-obsessed Italian family, there’s nothing she loves more than her messy, little life. Then the weird, slightly out-of-this-world Aurora Sparks arrives, whose life seems to revolve around creating order out of chaos.

The two of them have somehow ended up as roommates in the small Upstate New York town of Bent River, and the old adage that says “opposite attract” couldn’t be further from the truth! Sparks fly & tempers flare as each young lady tries to deal with the other’s eccentricities while not compromising their own values. Much easier said than done.

But when a man is found dead and Joy’s father is the prime suspect, the two must put aside their differences if they want to help him. They soon find that Joy’s tough, no-nonsense demeanour and Aurora’s ordered, structured nature perfectly complement each other when it comes to ferreting out clues. And, thankfully so, as the danger threatens to escalate unless they can sort through the facts and solve this mystery in a hurry!

Death & Decluttering is the first cozy mystery adventure in Nancy McGovern’s new series, “Sparks & Joy”!

Links: GoodreadsBookbubAmazon

Later books in the series:
Alibis and ArrangingSuspects and Sorting 

Alibis and Arranging (Sparks and Joy #2) by Nancy McGovern
You can buy Alibis and Arranging on Amazon

Suspects and Sorting (Sparks and Joy #3) by Nancy McGovern
You can buy Suspects and Sorting on Amazon

About the Author:

INancy McGovern‘m a mother, wife, homemaker, pet lover, teacher, student, reader, writer, drinker of tea & wine (depending on the time of day) and sleep-deprived dreamer. I live in Northern New Jersey with my husband (a veterinarian and writer), our three children and too many furred & feathered friends to list!

Please visit my website at www.NancyMcG.com for more information about my books and to sign up for my newsletter!

You can find and contact Nancy McGovern here: WebsiteFacebookTwitterGoodreadsAmazonBookbubPinterestInstagram


My Review:

I went into this book so excited – I run my own business and one of the services I offer is helping people to declutter when things seem a little overwhelming for them so this seemed like the PERFECT series for me and I wasn’t disappointed!

I loved the setting – a little town in the middle of nowhere, where everybody knows each other (it reminds me of the town that I live in) and the difficulties you can face when you are the newbie in town and everyone is just a little weary of you! The characters were well fleshed out; I did feel that the 2 main characters, Aurora and Joy, were a little more antagonistic towards each other than I would imagine, but it fitted with the overall storyline so that it didn’t annoy me or take away from the  story as a whole.

I, like Aurora, was excited when she started working for Max and had the task of sorting his paperwork – I WOULD ADORE THIS JOB TOO! I would have liked a little more description around the decluttering but then I am a little bit of a decluttering nut, so that’s just me!

I loved the storyline – misunderstanding, secrets, pulling wool over everyone’s eyes .. but it all comes out in the end and the perpetrators are brought to justice! The author has already written and released the next 2 books in the series, which I already have my hands on and m planning reviews for in the very near future!

I would recommend to anyone that likes an easy to read, cosy mystery style book, especially if, like me you love a bit of decluttering on the side too!


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