Author: Marion Deeds
Released: March 22, 2022
First things first, I adore the title of this book: Comeuppance Served Cold. It’s fun, quirky, and a little bit evocative. It’s perfect for a historical thriller, at least in my mind. Written by Marion Deeds, this book immediately caught my attention.
The year is 1929, and both magic and violence are tearing the city apart. This is a city full of the desperate, the determined, and the hypocritical. On one side, we have a city leader trying to outlaw macikers – but more than willing to use them to make his life easier.
On the other side of town is a speakeasy run by a widow who might have just found her opportunity at revenge. Then there’s the thief, finding all the perfect little hidey holes and secrets of the town. Not to mention their prized possessions.
There are times when I get so excited about a book that I go into it with unfair expectations. That may have been the case here with Comeuppance Served Cold. While I didn’t hate the book (thank goodness!), I did not fall over heels for it like I had hoped, assumed, and anticipated.
Comeuppance Served Cold is told in a non-linear format, which will put some readers off. Personally, I generally enjoy non-linear formats, so this wasn’t the issue for me. The biggest problem here is that every transition seemed to halt the pacing, so things didn’t read as smoothly as they should have.
On the bright side, the characters are an absolute delight. They were by far my favorite parts of this entire story, including the world they are based in. Marion Deeds excels at character writing and development. If the storytelling format had been focused a bit more on the characters, the whole thing would have been a much bigger success. But maybe that is simply my bias talking. Either way, I didn’t regret reading Comeuppance Served Cold, though I wish it had stolen my heart as I had hoped.
Thanks to Tor.com and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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