Everyone loved KitKat. Well, her neighbor Jett thought everyone loved KitKat anyway. But when a mix tape meant for her ends up in Jett's mailbox, Jett's world is turned upside down.
KitKat has been murdered, beaten to death with her rolling pin while her latest batch of pot brownies scorched away in the oven. And Jett's the one who stumbled upon the body. Her own tenuous connection to a local detective agency lands Jett with a strange request too - KitKat's sister wants her to find out who murdered the beloved Barter Street baker. Jett's first clue: the mysterious mix tape.
I have been craving a great mystery with a fabulous amateur sleuth. Craving it. And so I'd been looking forward to diving in and savoring this one. I have to say "savoring" was a little tough considering it's such a quick read!
So Jett as an investigator: she's got a Master's in music journalism and thought New York City would be the perfect place to land a job with said degree. Instead she's working as a temp proofreading for a PI agency in the city. She does land a strange new promotion as the story gets underway, however. Oh, and Jett's favorite pastime is bingeing on crime shows with her best friend. Although that pastime is more about the hope that the friend will become a boyfriend at some stage. Jett is also of an age that mix tapes are something she has lots of experience with.
So - music aficionado, peripheral PI experience, lots of practice watching cop shows, and working knowledge of what goes into making a mix tape and WHAT IT ALL MEANS! I give her top marks as an amateur sleuth :)
The mystery itself is interesting. KitKat is well liked and no one really witnessed anyone coming or going. What's more, the door to the dead girl's apartment was locked when Jett found the body leading her to suspect that the killer was someone KitKat let in in the first place. The most obvious suspect, and the one the police hone in on, is KitKat's boyfriend, Bronco. Jett isn't so sure, though, and neither are the neighbors. It's a tight knit community and both the victim and the suspect are well liked by everyone.
Plus, there's that darn mix tape. Jett is in fact gifted all of KitKat's mix tapes and discovers that this is the fourth from a sender only known as "GPL."
Agh, this book was so much fun! The Big Rewind is fun and funky as well as a great mix of mystery and nostalgia (I definitely regretted having abandoned my own mix tapes when I moved!). It hit the spot for me!
(There's a playlist over on Spotify if you're interested!)
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