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No Small Murder

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Emma Wells is a downsize specialist who lives in a tiny home community. She deals with a lot of challenging situations but this time it is deadly.

This is an easy to read, pleasant cozy with a bit of a twist at the end. What makes it unique is the setting. The author did a great job portraying the tiny home community and lifestyle. Thanks to Level Best Books and NetGalley for an ARC. The opinions expressed are my own.

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This was a highly enjoyable cozy I loved all the characters especially granny Rose!!! Had all the right makings of a great cozy mystery with clues red herrings twists and a surprise ending I loved mini meadows and can not wait for more books in this series!!! I highly recommend this fantastic book!

Much thanks to #netgalley and #LevelBestBooks for allowing me to read and review this ARC
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I received this advance reader copy via Netgalley and Level Best Books, in return for an honest review. Fun first book in a new cozy series! Set in a community of tiny homes, Emma Wells helps people downsize their belongings to fit their new spaces. But all doesn’t got well when one of her clients is killed and then Emma’s grandmother moves in with her. Oh, and there’s the very large dog too! Looking forward to the next book.

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This book follows Emma who lives in a community of tiny homes. After being asked to help downsize the estate of a very wealthy man, he turns up dead. Emma is determined to find the killer.

I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read. The twist at the end wasn’t my favorite trope, but it was believable.

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Emma Wells is a downsizing professional who lives in a tiny home community in Florida. Her newest client is difficult and has a less than great personality. He is also going to be a neighbor in her tiny house community. Unfortunately for Emma she finds her client dead, and plastic wrapped in the container delivered to be unloaded into the new house.

If life couldn't get crazier, her grandmother, Granny Rose, arrives to move in with her after moving out of her father's house. Granny Rose is a spitfire and became my favorite character. Emma, her friends Chloe and Jade long with Granny Rose set out to find the killer. There also may be a handsome former detective hanging around.

I was very intrigued by the idea of a tiny home community. The story was great, I hated to see it end. I felt like I had met new friends. Great book to settle in with a cup of tea and enjoy!

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First in a new series! Emma Wells specializes in downsizing. Love the setting. A tiny home community is a first for me. A fun cozy. Emma's latest client, who was not a pleasant person turns up dead. It's up to Emma, her two best friends and her granny to solve the mystery. Lots of suspects to choose from. Can't wait for the next one! Thanks #netgalley and #Levelbestbooks for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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No Small Murder, the delightful first book in the Mini-Meadows Mystery series by Lena Gregory, is a wonderful introduction to what I expect to be an addictive series. The houses may be tiny, but the mystery is not! Emma Wells is a downsize expert who lives in a tiny home in Mini-Meadows. She doesn't limit her expertise to tiny homes but many of her clients are moving to their first tiny house and have no clue what downsizing really means. She loves working with most of her clients but a few, as with any group of people, can be extremely unpleasant. Her current client is a prime example of the worst kind of person to have to work with.. Not only is she having to work with him, but his train-car turn tiny home is near her own home. Oh, fun. Since this book is a cozy mystery I expected a death, but I did not expect all the people who became suspects, nor was I able to figure out the culprit.
My thanks to NetGalley and Level Best Books for allowing me to read an ARC of No Small Murder. I loved it!
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No Small Murder by Lena Gregory is a cozy mystery set within the tiny house community of Mini Meadows in Florida. Emma Wells runs a small home organization business specializing in downsizing empty nesters into tiny homes. When contracted to scale down the massive Aldridge estate, Emma encounters her most difficult customer to date. Broderick Aldridge is self-centered, demanding, rude, and a nightmare employer. Emma has less than five days to redesign a railroad car into a tiny home and relocate Mr. and Mrs. Aldridge. The moving day arrives, and everything has gone off without a hitch. That is until Emma and the movers find Broderick dead bubble wrapped amongst the boxes. Chaos ensues as the police investigate the small community, and Emma’s close-knit friends take on an investigation of their own.

No Small Murder is a fast-paced, easy-to-read mystery. Author Lena Gregory writes descriptive scenes that place the reader within the story. The character's personalities are enjoyable and easy to like or hate. Granny Rose was my favorite character by far. Her persistence in setting Emma up with mister right now is hilarious. He might now be right, but at least it is a date. In all, No Small Murder is the perfect crime suspense. There is a victim easy to dislike, a long list of suspects, and motives galore. No Small Murder is the perfect rainy day to cuddle up and read mystery.

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I like Emma and her relationship with her grandmother. As a tiny house enthusiast I was excited to dive into this series. It was a little slow at the start but picked up. I thought it was a cute and fast paced mystery. I felt like the characteres could be more flushed out. I will give this another chance. The mystery was good and easy to figure out.
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Release Date: February 21, 2023


Emma Wells is a downsize specialist living in a tiny home community called mini meadow. Unfortunately her latest client is turning out to be a PITA…that is until he winds up being a dead PITA. With a growing list of suspects that he was mean, surly or cheap to, can Emma downsize the suspect list with the help of her two best friends and beloved granny rose?

This is the first book in the new #minimedowsmystery series. The setting of a community development is very fun for a new cozy mystery series and continuing to see reoccurring characters like max, tiny, Chloe, Jade and of course Jake Bennett. I really enjoyed this book and am very excited to see what @lenagregoryauthor has in store for mini meadows and Emma next!!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Uneven and flat. Big sections are implied or skipped entirely. Dnf

Do not recommend and did not like.

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First off I would like to say thank you to netgalley, the author and publisher for this ARC.

No Small Murder is the first in a new series by author Lena Gregory which sees Emma, Granny rose and her friends trying to piece together the clues to find a murderer.

This was a very easy read murder mystery book for me. I did find the ending a little bit predictable, however I still enjoyed reading it and the build up to the who done it.

I loved the setting of a small tiny home community and the build up of the characters, with Granny Rose being a favourite. I did notice that a couple of characters who were involved in the progression just suddenly disappeared which I didn’t really understand, so that was a shame.

Overall I would give this 3.5 stars as I did find it an enjoyable read.

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This wad so good!! A great first book in a new series! I loved Emma and Granny Rose. I can't wait to read more.
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I really enjoyed this cozy mystery set in a tiny home community. Emma is a downsizing specialist who lives in her own tiny home with her cat Ginger after leaving her fathers mansion to live on her own. He Granny Rose leaves her sons house as well and shows up at Emma’s tiny home and moves with her. Her most recent client, Broderick Aldridge, who is far from a nice person is to be moving into his own tiny home. On the morning he and his wife Mildred are to be moving in, his body is found in the back of the moving van. There are many suspects, his son Phillip, wife Mildred, and many others. Will Emma find the murderer before something happens to her or Granny Rose? Will Granny and Butch be moving into their own tiny home?

As I said earlier, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are written well and are likable. I didn’t figure out the killer early on and loved the ending. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series.

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Emma Wells has finally decided it’s time to make her own way in the world and leaves her family and money behind as she heads South. Establishing herself in a tiny house community, Emma specializes in helping others to downsize as they too move into a small house.

Things are going well until her grandmother shows up on her doorstep and then one of her clients is found stuffed in a storage container. Amidst all the chaos, Emma knows she has got to figure out who killed her client before she becomes the next one sent packing for good.

A good start to a new series. The author developed her characters well and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Emma and the gang in future entries.

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I thank the team of NetGalley, the author and the publishers for providing me with this ARC.

All views expressed in this review are my own and based on my reading of this book. Some of the initial comments were made as I progressed in this book and I have not tried editing them as it expresses my contiguous thoughts as I proceeded with the story.

This was my first book from this author and I was attracted by the "Mystery" and the prospect of a "murder mystery". I love thrillers and the book description seemed good enough to try out.

Upfront I would like to say that this is not a book for me and I prefer a more higher octane thriller. There were moments especially the initial part when I kept the book aside, it stayed just opened for over a week before I decided to complete it.

The above statements have no reflection on the book which is probably meant for a different kind of reader unlike me.

The story was simple and the prose more so with a lot of effort made by the author to explain and project the community which seems a idyllic place, slow rural setting where the pace of life is a far cry from the hustle bustle of cities. Lena has made a supreme effort to sell her readers the panoramic area and a small community which seems self sufficient and contained. The surrounding wilderness is more comfortable rather than foreboding. This sets this book apart from a lot of others that I read.

What worked for me is the effort made by Lena in fleshing out the characters and bringing out their interactions including engagement which generally happen in small communities where everyone knows everyone else and relationships do not wear thin easily. So we have backgrounds on Emma, her Granny, her friends and acquaintances, their connections, crushes and everything else. The story also has enough on the suspicious characters. I also loved the way the small houses and their customizations to ensure more than optimum utilization have been elaborated upon providing the reader with a clear view of the houses, inside and out and also of the Mini Meadows community.
Emma's interactions with her clients and other people who want to shift into the community is also well processed considering that she specializes in helping clients downsize from larger habitats to the small cozy container backed houses which are quaint. The hell that one goes through when you have to let go of your remembrances and parts of your life because they do not fit into your new address is something that anyone who has moved will understand and empathize.
I also got a liking for the fringe characters and that I believe is Lena's greatest strength, writing believable characters for whom one would root for.

What did not work for me in this book is the story itself, too predictable and too meandering. Emma's efforts along with her Granny at being a amateur detective including putting together clues, lists, sheets with motives, etc. reminded me so much about Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Find Outers books or the ones like the Hardy boys & Nancy Drew mysteries for tweens and teens. Though this book has deaths it does not seem to be aimed at the YA group.
The mystery per se also moved at a very sedate pace and did not have any chill despite the murders, which made it bland for me.

3.5 stars for this book.

There is an audience for these homely type of mysteries and this would fit right for them.
I would recommend this to readers who like mysteries that have a gamily atmosphere or in movie parlance a PG13 story with no screen violence or awkward scenes.

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I was extremely close to DNF this book, but decided against it since it was an ARC. Everything about it was predictable and written very plainly. It seemed there was no thoughts, or that everything had to be written in the most basic way possible.

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Emma Wells is a down-size specialist living in the tiny home community of Mini Meadows in Florida. After leaving her father's home and wealth behind to pursue her own life, her world is shaken by two momentous events. Her grandmother showing up at her door and a dead body showing up in a storage container. The murder rocks the little community of Mini Meadows. Emma finds the body and is pitched into the investigation but realizes if she's not careful, it will be her murder to shock the community.

I found this to be a fun read. It's definitely a quick read when you need a palate cleanser in between darker books or just need something a little light hearted. The mystery element is solid. The killer isn’t some rando that shows up in the last quarter.

This is the first of a series by author Lena Gregory. Maybe we’ll see some more character development as the series continues. I would like to know where Max went. He straight up disappears. He was part of the plot and then poof, gone.

I would recommend this to those who enjoy Kindle reads and light hearted murder mysteries. It’s not something I would purchase myself but might read if they were on Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited.

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Emma Wells has struck out on her own. She's left her father's house and the man he chose for her to marry and has made her home and new career in a tiny house village where she helps others right-size their belongings to fit into tiny house life. Unfortunately her most recent customer met a perhaps not-so-tragic end right in the middle of her tiny haven.

The setting of this book was great. I'm a bit obsessed with tiny houses and it was fun to read about an entire community of them, especially one with its own stores and restaurant. The mystery was interesting, lots of good suspects and the I thought the ending was particularly clever how it tied everything together.

This was my first book by Gregory and it will certainly not be my last!

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.

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For the last year Emma Wells has lived happily in a two shipping container construction in Mini Meadows, a Florida tiny homes community, while advising her clients on the art of successful downsizing . Previously, as part of a wealthy patriarchal family, she had felt frustrated and lonely but now life is good and she's more than content.

One of Emma's newest client's requirements and attitude aren't what she's become used to dealing with however, as he insists on keeping only his own belongings while sacrificing those of his wife, before their move to Mini Meadows. Her new life is further complicated by the arrival of her paternal grandmother for an extended stay and that's before she finds a body neatly wrapped and labeled inside one of the shipping containers she deals with daily. As her friends and work associates rally round to help discover the killer’s identity it becomes clear none of them are exempt from suspicion or the unexpected danger they find themselves in.

This is the beginning of a new series and so there is quite a bit of explanation about a lifestyle alien to most of us, which I found very interesting, as well as an introduction to the cast of characters who will, I hope, have more adventures very soon. I enjoyed the investigation and reveal but think the whole reading experience, although enjoyable throughout, could hit greater heights as things become more familiar to both the author and her readers alike.

I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the opinions expressed are my own. This is a good series starter with definite potential.

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

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