The Cha Cha Babes of Pelican Way by Frances Metzman
Thank you Smith Publicity for the copy of this book - all opinions are my own.
This was such an unexpectedly fun and uplifting read! I read a lot of thrillers and this proved to be the perfect reading palate cleaners for me - a cozy mystery that had just enough suspense to hold my attention, and more than enough laughs to keep my giggling all the way through.
Maybe it was the fact that the story centers around a trio of women who have an amazing friendship - they are flawed and honest and caring and supportive, and those are women I can get behind. It is fantastic to read women who love and support one another, rather than sabotaging one another. It was completely friend goals and I sincerely hope this is my and my gf's once we find ourselves in a retirement community (minus the dead body of course).
Overall, just a super fun read that I think many readers would really love - take a chance on this one and cha cha your way into a perfect afternoon of reading fun.
Would you move a dead body for the sake of your best friend? Ask cha-cha babe Celia Ewing, a sixty-five-year-old widow who has just settled into Boca Pelicano Palms, the Florida retirement community of her dreams. When Celia's best friend Marcy calls her and their friend Deb for help in the middle of the night, they find a naked Marcy trapped under the body of her beau, the community's board president, Melvin. And he's dead. The three friends secretly move Melvin back to his apartment setting off a chain of events that will threaten to tear their community apart and send them to jail. Melvin is one of a number of residents who are dying under suspicious circumstances; and soon Celia becomes an amateur sleuth in an attempt to identify what she suspects is a serial murderer.
Filled with humorous, witty observations about retirement communities, the realities of getting older, and the promise of new love, the Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Way celebrates the deep bonds of female friendships, the desire for companionship at any age, and shows us that it's never too late to learn how to cha-cha through life.