This was a quick read with many things to like but also many things to wonder “what the heck?”
First, the likes:
1. quirky, fun heroine with a unique view of life and a sad nuclear family history but an aunt who is supportive.
2. Hero who is strong and a rock for the heroine.
3. Unique premise with the cocktail convention location and bartenders as the main characters as well as the side characters.
4. Witty dialogue.
5. Wide cast of interesting characters.
6. Balance of danger and humor.
7. Good sense of place in descriptions of New Orleans. I’ve been there many times and the author was able to evoke the atmosphere well.
1. This reader figured out the culprit almost as soon as the person was introduced.
2. The red herrings didn’t fool this reader.
3. This reader was thrown out of the story by thoughts of how these people were functioning with the amount of liquor they ingested. I mean, they were at a cocktail convention in New Orleans and so drinking would be expected but they were also working and it seemed they were always buzzing.
4. Too much description of what everyone was wearing. Some is good but everyone’s outfit a number of times was too much for this reader.
5. The way the culprit tried to accomplish his crime was ludicrous. It would have been physically impossible. As someone who has experience with the weapon of choice (not that I’ve tried it on a person!), there is absolutely no way for someone to run and use that weapon. Can’t be done. I was laughing so hard at how insane it was. Definitely took me straight out of the story.
In summary, good story with some issues but fun to read for the most part. Just be prepared to suspend your beliefs in that penultimate scene.