After taking a chapter or two to get into I fell right in with the Harlow, Will and the people of this adorable small town. This was the first book I read in the series and that's why it took just a bit to get to know the characters and understand some of the dynamics. Readers of this series will be able to pick right up even though A Killing Notion can stand on it's own mystery and story-wise. New readers will pick up the town life fast and become enthralled by the small-town dynamics and the mystery that ensues.
I really liked Harlow, Will and Gracie. I also enjoyed Harlow's Meemaw and the mystique behind the gifts that the Cassidy women have. I loved that Harlow was a dressmaker and the sewing aspect is what made me want to read this one. While it's in the background, it's still integral to the story and was a fascinating line of work for a main character especially with homecoming nearing.
The mystery was a bit predictable, but it's a cozy so I'm use to that. There will still surprises and I kept turning the pages to find out what would happen next. So I would say the plot line more than satisfied me. In fact I had a hard time putting down the book one evening to get some sleep.
I'm not going into details, but suffice to say A Killing Notion was a great read. It had interesting characters, an interesting setting and a intriguing plot to keep you turning the pages. I can't wait to read more of this series and get to know Harlow and the townsfolk even better.