I'm a big fan of cozy mysteries (in theory). Reading the synopsis tends to make me want to read the book. The problem that usually occurs when I get my hands on one is that I get irritated by the main character who sticks their nose in police business. I do know that it's the definition of a cozy mystery, but something between the idea and the realization doesn't seem to work for me. But I decided to give this book a chance.
The heroine, Emma-Joy Ferris used to be Army military police, but when she got wounded in Iraq, she lost any chance of being a real police officer. She settled for being a mall cop. And it was a nice and quiet job, at least until a corpse was found in the mall. And Emma-Joy couldn't help but get involved.
What made me more optimistic about the book is the fact that Emma-Joy did have some experience with policing, and did know what to do. I liked her, as well as some other characters like her grandfather and the detective in charge with the murder investigation.
The mystery itself was interesting with multiple suspects who all had varied motives for murder.
One of the problems I had with the book is that it didn't manage to pull me in. I liked it, but it didn't wow me. Maybe the problem lies with the fact that I just read 5 books from Karin Slaughter's Will Trent series (which I consider hard core mystery/suspense), and that it differed too much, but I expect a 4 or 5 star book to do it regardless of my mood or previous read.
I will read the next book in the series [b:All Sales Fatal|12412870|All Sales Fatal (A Mall Cop Mystery, #2)|Laura DiSilverio|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1323190691s/12412870.jpg|17394582], because I do like Emma-Joy and the author managed to get me interested in her life (I do hope that the arrogant detective shows up again :-) ).