Review – Lost Under a Ladder by Linda Johnston

lost under a ladderFrom Goodreads: Is it luck or is it . . . Destiny?  Are superstitions real? Rory Chasen doesn’t think so–until her beloved fiance walks under a ladder and is killed by a car five minutes later. Needing closure, Rory takes her dog Pluckie to a town called Destiny, where superstitions are a way of life.  Rory’s visit to Destiny takes an unexpected turn when Pluckie saves the life of Martha, the owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique. To show her gratitude, Martha offers Rory a job at the pet store. But when Martha becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the local bookshop owner, Rory refuses to believe that she would do it. Rory is convinced the real killer still roams Destiny’s streets, and she must uncover the truth before Martha is hauled off to jail.”


I’ll admit – I don’t judge all books by the same standards.  Rating on a scale of 1 to 5 is hard sometimes.  Because I don’t expect cozy mysteries to be earth shattering with cliffhangers and strange twists, they probably receive higher ratings than if the same story and writing were in a different genre.

I gave Lost Under a Ladder 3 stars for being an enjoyable cozy mystery.  But, when I checked my notes I had some serious reservations about this rating.  I used words like “hokey”, “stream of consciousness”, “bad execution” and more.

Don’t get me wrong, it has a good story.  The problem is that the main premise (that our MC visits this town to learn about superstitions because her fiancé was killed after walking under a ladder) is pretty far-fetched.  I never bought it.  And, frankly, I didn’t feel her loss.

At some points, I felt that this was a paint by number cozy mystery.  MC with a past, check. Love interest, check.  Older lady to take our MC under her wing, check. And so on.  I really want to see an author try something different when they are starting a new series.  This was a great opportunity and it felt wasted.

Plus, I found a timeline issue that really annoyed me.  Things like that shouldn’t get past your beta readers.  I’m sorry.

If you are a big cozy mystery fan and not the super-picky reader that I can sometimes be, then you will probably really like this one.  Give it a shot.  3/5 stars.

Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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