Friday, August 7, 2020

Book Review: No Small Caper

There is just something fun about the idea of living in a tiny house!  I especially love that they are portable and you can travel while living in your own space.  I've known several people who have lived in tiny houses (not the ones you see on TV, but those that are more like RVs).  As a matter of fact, my brother and his wife recently sold their beautiful home in Florida and bought an RV to live in full time!  Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, they had to stay in Florida for several weeks before they could bust out and start traveling.  They spent a week or so in Tennessee a couple of months ago and Gracie and I loved seeing their new home which they have nicknamed "Our Place."  I was very impressed with how they pared down all their belongings and chose to keep only those things that are necessary yet still made them happy.  I'm not so sure I could do it!

Today's book review is about a girl who becomes the manager of a tiny home community in Arkansas.  No Small Caper was a quick, easy, and fun read!  On the day that I finished reading it, I had insomnia and needed something easy on the brain.  This definitely was exactly what I needed.  I really like the character of CJ.  She was a real go-getter, jumping in both-feet first in trying to do a good job as manager of a tiny-home community and in solving the mystery of who had been stealing from the residents.  Just like with most go-getters, a zealous personality can get you into a scrape or two or five.  That's what made the story so fun:  you didn't know what was going to happen next.  Although there were one homicide and a couple of attempted homicides, there was nothing too graphic (only a bullet in the head mentioned).  The secondary characters were unique and fun to get to know as well.  Of course, there's a love interest that develops despite a little bit of jealousy and insecurities.  I really enjoyed this book and would gladly read any sequels that come out.

There's a cool giveaway -- scroll down to the bottom.

I received this book free from Celebrate Lit.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book


Book: No Small Caper
Author: Cynthia Hickey
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: May 3, 2019

“No one does a final suspense scene like Cynthia Hickey!” – Stewart Writing Services

A rash of burglaries?

What kind of job had she been hired to do?

CJ Turley is excited to begin her new life as overseer of Heavenly Acres, a tiny house community in the Ozark mountains. As she’s handed the keys to her new house, by a woman who seems far too eager to leave the job to someone else, CJ is told the community is experiencing a rash of burglaries and she should visit the nearby Park Ranger for help.

Can CJ and her new friends stop a thieving murderer before they lose something far more precious than jewels? Their life!

From first day, to spending time with handsome ranger, Eric Drake, to a cast of quirky characters who are all suspect in CJ’s mind, you’re bound for a fun, hilarious, romp in this first book of a new small town, cozy mystery series by best-selling and award-winning author.

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About the Author

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters, and small writer retreats. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona and Arkansas, becoming a snowbird, with her husband and one dog. She has ten grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.

More from Cynthia

I’ve always been fascinated by tiny houses and love writing cozy mysteries. What’s better than a cozy mystery series in a tiny house community? Not an inch of space wasted. You’ve got to be creative with your storage. Even hiding things in the floor which occurs when CJ Turley takes over as manager of Heavenly Acres. The pup she inherited when her grandmother died has a nose for diamonds. Who’d guess there were so many places in a tiny house to stash things?

I don’t live in a tiny house, but my husband and I downsized from a 2100 sq. ft home to a 1,000 sq. ft. home. Guess which one we prefer? The smaller one 😊 We always know where things are, it’s easier to keep clean, and no stairs to go up and down when we forget something. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t live in anything less than 400 sq. ft. if I lived alone, but it was fun to write about those who do.

I’ve watched so many tiny house shows, I’m pretty sure I could design one with everything I’d need. We even told our son that if he moved where we live, we’d build him one in the backyard! He wasn’t amused.

On a serious note, just kidding. While my cozy series have humor, they also have murder and mayhem with quirky characters and a dash of romance. I like my readers to chuckle as the characters strive to take down the culprit without too much danger to themselves.

Happy reading!

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  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

  2. This sounds like a fun read. Nice cover!

  3. Wonderful review! Thank you for hosting.