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“He deserves to be murdered.” “Who said that?” “Apparently, you did.” With her bitter divorce behind her, Eve Lloyd wants to relax and think about her next step. Paying her aunt, Mira Lloyd, a.k.a. Elizabeth Lloyd, renown historical romance author, a long overdue visit, she plans to spend a month on Rock-Maine Island lounging around and plotting the launch of her new life “He deserves to be murdered.” “Who said that?” “Apparently, you did.” With her bitter divorce behind her, Eve Lloyd wants to relax and think about her next step. Paying her aunt, Mira Lloyd, a.k.a. Elizabeth Lloyd, renown historical romance author, a long overdue visit, she plans to spend a month on Rock-Maine Island lounging around and plotting the launch of her new life. Her ex-husband, however, has other ideas. As for her aunt… she’s gone missing. And now there’s a dead body to contend with and a murder weapon with her fingerprints on it. A mantle of suspicion hangs over Eve and everyone she encounters has a reason to want her out of the way. Unwilling to leave matters in the hands of swoon worthy Detective Jack Bradford… only because it’s her civic duty to provide a new perspective, Eve Lloyd engages the assistance of her new friend and fellow suspect, Jill Saunders. They both stumble their way through a long list of possible motives and suspects in a race to find the killer before either one turns into the next victim. Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.


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“He deserves to be murdered.” “Who said that?” “Apparently, you did.” With her bitter divorce behind her, Eve Lloyd wants to relax and think about her next step. Paying her aunt, Mira Lloyd, a.k.a. Elizabeth Lloyd, renown historical romance author, a long overdue visit, she plans to spend a month on Rock-Maine Island lounging around and plotting the launch of her new life “He deserves to be murdered.” “Who said that?” “Apparently, you did.” With her bitter divorce behind her, Eve Lloyd wants to relax and think about her next step. Paying her aunt, Mira Lloyd, a.k.a. Elizabeth Lloyd, renown historical romance author, a long overdue visit, she plans to spend a month on Rock-Maine Island lounging around and plotting the launch of her new life. Her ex-husband, however, has other ideas. As for her aunt… she’s gone missing. And now there’s a dead body to contend with and a murder weapon with her fingerprints on it. A mantle of suspicion hangs over Eve and everyone she encounters has a reason to want her out of the way. Unwilling to leave matters in the hands of swoon worthy Detective Jack Bradford… only because it’s her civic duty to provide a new perspective, Eve Lloyd engages the assistance of her new friend and fellow suspect, Jill Saunders. They both stumble their way through a long list of possible motives and suspects in a race to find the killer before either one turns into the next victim. Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

30 review for Sunny Side Up

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    3 stars to Sonia Parin's Sunny Side Up, the first issue in her "Deadline" Cozy Mystery series. I stumbled upon this free e-book last fall and thought it might be a fun read. As I was cleaning up my Kindle Reader on my iPad today, I re-found it and decided to give it a chance, since it was under 100 pages. Cute read, a bit simple, but has potential as a series. Story Eve Lloyd sold her NY restaurant and divorced her useless ex-husband, rented out her apartment on a six-month lease and took a tr 3 stars to Sonia Parin's Sunny Side Up, the first issue in her "Deadline" Cozy Mystery series. I stumbled upon this free e-book last fall and thought it might be a fun read. As I was cleaning up my Kindle Reader on my iPad today, I re-found it and decided to give it a chance, since it was under 100 pages. Cute read, a bit simple, but has potential as a series. Story Eve Lloyd sold her NY restaurant and divorced her useless ex-husband, rented out her apartment on a six-month lease and took a trip to visit her aunt. But when she arrived, her aunt was gone and the townsfolk found Eve quite strange. She comes back from dinner with her aunt's real estate agent and finds a dead body in her kitchen with a woman she'd only met the day before, claiming she just walked in on the dead body. As she tries to establish her own alibi, and prevent the townsfolk from thinking she's guilty, Eve finds a few new friends and develops a crush on the detective. She's captured by the perpetrator before the end and almost meets her own maker, but luckily the detective saves her. And Eve learns what her ex-husband did to try to save her. Strengths A cute, fun, simple read... nice intro to the cast of characters and the town. Easy for a light afternoon. Good beginning for a new series that shows promise. Suggestions It needs depth. Dialogue was a little combative in the beginning. Wish I knew more about her parents and why she's so close to her aunt. Everything just sorta "comes together" as a setup for the series... just hoping it isn't always like that as it would be too simple. Final Thoughts It's a light-and-quick read in between complex plots or an emotional roller-coaster of a read. Give it a chance but look at it as just a couple of hours of fun. About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Another cute story ruined by the writing. Eve Lloyd is so unbelievable as a sleuth. I think Parin needs to read more mysteries. Sure this was cozy, but...omigod. She leaps to stupid conclusions faster than an ice cube melts in a hot frying pan. As for all the accusations she throws around... No. It just made her character interactions and Eve look and feel stupid. As an example of how not to write. How to recognize a book still in draft form...this is your baby.

  3. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    A short cozy mystery that was a light mystery with a few twists. I enjoy Ms. Parin's writing but the main character, Eve Lloyd, I just didn't connect with throughout the story. She's stressed out, unpredictable, jumping to conclusions and has a tendency to just say whatever she's thinking to whoever she's with at the moment. Too much drama for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joann Herley

    Sunny Side Up is a mystery with humor and suspense that keeps you guessing. A getaway after a divorce to visit her aunt finds Eve in the middle of a murder investigation, and she is a suspect. This is a fun read and appropriate for everyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This was a surprisingly good read discovered as a freebie through Kindle Australia to introduce you to the series. A quickly paced cosy read that had you thinking as much as Eve was surmising who the killer was. I loved the humorous back and forth between Eve and her new found friend Jill, and the suspense was certainly ratcheted right up as the killer closed in. A highly recommended cosy mystery and one that I will read more of in the series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marcia-Lee Finocchio

    Sunny side up What a wonderful read, I enjoyed the story line and the characters were fantastic, Jill and Eve were so humorous with their chattering back and forth. Definitely a must read for Cozy readers!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Cute Cozy Mystery! Eve has come to visit her aunt on a small Maine island after a devastating betrayal and divorce. Aunt Mira is unexpectedly gone and Eve is suspected of the murder of her ex- husband, whose body is found in the kitchen of her aunt's house. Eve feels she must search for the murderer to exonerate herself. Lots of chases, snooping, suspects and suspicion until the finale outcome explains everything. Very Entertaining read

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marti

    Very enjoyable, light mystery. I especially like the dry humor!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    A getaway after a divorce to visit her aunt finds Eve in the middle of a murder investigation, and she is a suspect. This is a fun read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michele Roosa

    Good fast read Great for a good fast mystery read! I will certainly look for more from Sonia Parin. A B C D

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A fun quick read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    A fun quick read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    SANDYE

    Entertaining. Enjoyable. Quick mystery read. Eve goes to visit her aunt Mira, and becomes a suspect when her ex-husband is found dead in Mira 's kitchen. Disregarding the warning from the lead Detective on the case, Mira and her new friend Jill, continuously theorize about who the murderer could be. They also continuously find themselves in less than favorable situations. This cozy mystery is entertaining, quick to read, and holds your interest from beginning to end!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Childs

    Very enjoyable dialogue. I found the brisk pace of the story and the dialogue very refreshing. I'll have to watch for more of the author's books.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Digger

    Sunny side up This was a really enjoyable book. It starts with Eve, a chef, who is divorced, recently sold her restaurant and has decided to relax at her aunt Mira’s house on the coast. Her aunt lives on an island right on the beach and Eve spent many summers with her so it feels like home. She tries to reach her aunt who is a romance writer, but her aunt isn’t answering her phone. When Eve arrives her aunt isn’t home but she has her own key so she makes herself at home. She finds out from the tr Sunny side up This was a really enjoyable book. It starts with Eve, a chef, who is divorced, recently sold her restaurant and has decided to relax at her aunt Mira’s house on the coast. Her aunt lives on an island right on the beach and Eve spent many summers with her so it feels like home. She tries to reach her aunt who is a romance writer, but her aunt isn’t answering her phone. When Eve arrives her aunt isn’t home but she has her own key so she makes herself at home. She finds out from the travel agent that her aunt isn’t on a trip that anyone knows about and so she assumes she has gone off to think, which is not unusual. There’s a complexity to the plot that I haven’t been seeing lately in cozy mysteries so I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The thing I couldn’t quite accept is that her aunt doesn’t try to call her about any of this and just disappears although it does add to the story. I highly recommend reading it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda H

    I had high hopes for this book. The premise was interesting – Eve Lloyd, a newly divorced woman, decides to visit her aunt for a month-long visit while contemplating the next phase of her life. However, upon arriving at her aunt’s home on Rock-Maine Island, she finds that her aunt has gone missing and that there is a murderer on the loose. Being the outsider on the island, Eve is regarded with suspicion and people want her gone. Though Detective Jack Bradford has things well in hand, Eve is unwil I had high hopes for this book. The premise was interesting – Eve Lloyd, a newly divorced woman, decides to visit her aunt for a month-long visit while contemplating the next phase of her life. However, upon arriving at her aunt’s home on Rock-Maine Island, she finds that her aunt has gone missing and that there is a murderer on the loose. Being the outsider on the island, Eve is regarded with suspicion and people want her gone. Though Detective Jack Bradford has things well in hand, Eve is unwilling to sit idly by and, with the help of her new friend and fellow suspect, undertakes the task of finding the killer herself. I wanted something lighthearted and entertaining. What I got was a story that was silly and annoying at turns with occasional bits of actual sleuthing thrown in. Rating: 2 stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wayne D

    Just what a Cozy Mystery should be... I needed a book to 'cleanse my palate' after a very intense, and, sorry to say, boring read. This book did the trick. The mystery was interesting, the characters were well developed and I really enjoyed the humor. Plan to read more of Sonia Parin's books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Brilliant and engrossing. Like my favorite potato chips, one just can't read just one of these mysteries. I'm on my 9th and I know once I finish I'll want more of Eve and Rock-Maine Island. Sonia does a fantastic job of making her cast of characters belivable and, for the most part , likable. Yes, one simply can't go wrong picking up anything written by Ms Parin!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    The ex who tried to do the right thing Loved the main character - spunky, divorcee who doesn't take things lying down. A murder (her ex) has her viewing everyone with distrust. Can she solve the murder before another death? A great easy read cozy with a hint of romance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Myra LeBendig

    A welcome read Smart, likable, interesting characters. Enjoyable conversation with plot not easily predictable. Interested in reading more in this series- developing Jack and Mira’s relationship.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean Taylor

    Great. Short story This rates a 5 star rating, but the darn thing didn't cooperate. Looking forward to more books from this author

  22. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Wright

    A little romance, a good dose of suspense I like Sonia Parin's writing style. Likeable characters in a setting that is easy to visualize. Looking forward to the next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    kathy may

    Nice I enjoyed this story . It was the first time I read a book by this author and I like the way she told the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    A nice interesting cozy set in a semi rural area not all that far from NYC. Great characters and creative sleuthing with an interesting bunch of red herrings. Very enjoyable!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan Harner

    Sunny Side Up was a cute story. I will continue on with this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kitten Peters

    Cute cozy I like this book, quick to read and a page turner. Eva has gone to the island to see her aunt who has apparently gone missing. Next comes a murder and a cute detective!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Enjoyed this one! Fast paced, light and funny. Just right of you want quick relaxing enjoyable read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anita Hopkins

    This story so completely telegraphed and cliche that i lost brain cells reading it. Hated it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Maybe a 2.5 but this one just didn't work for me. I nearly stopped reading but was over 50% so I kept on since it was short. The premise isn't bad. Eve is heading to her Aunt Mira's home off the coast of Maine after divorcing her husband who embezzled from her restaurant and right off the bat this novel has some weak world building. She says she did salvage it but then sold it and we’re never sure why because she doesn’t seem to be looking for a new start really. She seems to want to visit her a Maybe a 2.5 but this one just didn't work for me. I nearly stopped reading but was over 50% so I kept on since it was short. The premise isn't bad. Eve is heading to her Aunt Mira's home off the coast of Maine after divorcing her husband who embezzled from her restaurant and right off the bat this novel has some weak world building. She says she did salvage it but then sold it and we’re never sure why because she doesn’t seem to be looking for a new start really. She seems to want to visit her aunt just to take some time off. She might want to get a job on the island, even looks at a bookstore that’s for sale (bafflingly at the end of the novel mentions she’s not a reader and eye rolls at her aunt’s books as Mira is a famous romance author). However, her Aunt isn’t there, but someone has messed up the house which is where she runs into Jill, a young artist who also helps clean Mira’s home. Eve immediately begins to show just how bad her judgment is and how weirdly this is written. First, she yells at Jill not to touch anything because of fingerprints once the police get there, then never calls the police and they put the books away. She doesn’t seem overly concerned that Mira is gone because she’s a traveler but no one, not Eve, not Jill nor Mira’s travel agent knew Mira would be traveling nor is she answering her phone. This doesn’t seem to send up a red flag that something is wrong. Not until after Eve’s ex husband is found dead in Mira’s kitchen and the detective, Jack Bradford (who the blurb cringingly calls ‘swoon worthy’) is dispatched to investigate. Eve immediately is upset she’s a suspect even though she did mention wanting to kill her ex for what he did, understandably so. She also immediately decides that the police won’t bother to solve the case and/or are too stupid to do it, so she must do it. She makes a lot of these bizarre and stupid leaps of logic. There was no incompetence on Jack’s part when this decision is made. Her investigation seems to be to blame everyone, especially Jill and then goes and lives with Jill because she’s afraid of being home alone. That’s understandable but living with Jill, someone you don’t know and keep accusing of things makes no sense. I’m not even sure why Jill allows it. At one point Eve even says that you can’t approach this logically because murder isn’t logical. That one nearly made me stop reading. It wasn’t hard to figure out who the killer was since there wasn’t many suspects to begin with. The tension with Mira being missing ended up feeling very contrived. And one last thing that really bugs me was that she’s not on the island for more than a day when no less than three strangers tell her to not stay because there are no available men to date. Is this normal? I sure hope not. I’m not sure I’d continue with this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    I wasn't sure to begin with but.. Eve the heroine of the story doesn't initially come across very likeable, however, as time goes she becomes a little less confrontational and a little more human!! Eve has gone through an emotional divorce after her now ex-husband embezzled her business funds to fritter away. She's worked hard to get her restaurant back on track and now burnt out sold it on. Fed up with the frenetic pace of life in the city she decides to go to stay with her Aunt Mira on a quiet r I wasn't sure to begin with but.. Eve the heroine of the story doesn't initially come across very likeable, however, as time goes she becomes a little less confrontational and a little more human!! Eve has gone through an emotional divorce after her now ex-husband embezzled her business funds to fritter away. She's worked hard to get her restaurant back on track and now burnt out sold it on. Fed up with the frenetic pace of life in the city she decides to go to stay with her Aunt Mira on a quiet resort island with a slower pace of life. When she arrives Mira is missing and someone/thing is lurking around the house in the dead of night. Where is Mira, neither her travel agent Helen or cleaner Jill have a clue. Then a body turns up in Mira's house while Eve is out and it just happens to be Eve's ex-husband.. with plenty of motives and having declared that she would happily murder him for all he's put her through who on earth has a better reason to murder him? Enter the handsome detective Jack who's easy on the eye to even the jaded Eve. Will he assume the obvious conclusion as Eve's fingerprints are on the murder weapon or will he accept that she's not the culprit? She enlists the help of Jill to try and find the real murderer as all the small town gossips appear to be pointing their's fingers at her.

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