TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

geared-for-the-graveGeared for the Grave
by Duffy Brown
Series: The Cycle Path Mysteries #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Published by Berkley, 2014
E-book, purchased
288 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss’s father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy’s Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie’s good turn only leads to more trouble…

After Evie’s arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny’s brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny’s number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss’s good side, she’ll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer’s plan…

Before I could answer, two handlebars fell of the wall, crashing to the ground, an owl hooted three times, the lights blinked on and off, and a rooster crowed somewhere in the distance. The woman clutched the gold shamrock around neck, her eyes big as goose eggs. “Great day in the morning and blessed be Saint Patrick!” She kissed the shamrock. “How can it be you’re still alive?”


“You’re jumpy?” Sutter took a step back and laughed. “Oh, that’s rich. Got any idea the impact you’re having on the rest of us around here? We passed jumpy two days ago. The whole island’s destined for Prozac.”


  • I haven’t found too many cozy mysteries I like. Most are too silly or too sweet for me–not that I like gruesome murders, but I like a little more realism.
  • I’m not sure how realistic this book was, but I liked it a lot.
  • The characters are fun to read about–Rudy the murder suspect and Mark Twain look-alike; Fiona editor of the Town Crier; Bunny snooty owner of a house on the bluffs; Chicago aka Evie Bloomfield; Irish Donna owner of Blarney Scones and many more.
  • The mystery is pretty good. (I didn’t figure out who did it until the end!)
  • I like the setting–Mackinac Island, Michigan–a lot. That’s the reason I bought the book. I’ve wanted to visit the island ever since I read about it years ago so this was the next best thing for me. I like that transportation around the island is by bike, foot or horse.
  • I’m not sure how an author writes about a real place like this. The island is quite small and has only about 150 permanent residents. I would think those people wouldn’t be too happy about the book unless it’s not very realistic! I don’t live there so I don’t care about that!
  • I love the humor in the book.


  • I don’t have any!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • This is my TBR read for the month of April. This challenge is hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian The April challenge is to read a contemporary book. Geared for the Grave is a contemporary cozy mystery.
  • I managed to finish this book the morning of the challenge so I barely completed the challenge this month!
  • I plan to read more mysteries by Duffy Brown. I really enjoyed this book and I really want to visit Mackinac Island now!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

Duffy Brown is the author of two cozy mystery series: Consignment Shop Mystery series (set in Savannah, Georgia) and the new Cycle Path Mystery series (set on Mackinac Island, Michigan).

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge–hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl
  • New Author Challenge–hosted by the Literary Escapism blog
  • TBR Challenge–hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog
  • Ultimate Reading Challenge–hosted by the Popsugar blog (A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit)

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

10 thoughts on “TBR Review: Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown”

  1. Duffy Brown is an author on my TBR and I have the first one of hers in another series that I’m looking forward to trying. There’s so many cozies out there it can be difficult to find ones that really work for you and the bad ones tend to be really really bad!


    1. I agree, Katherine. Cozies are very hit and miss for me. I often like the concept, but don’t like ones which are too cute. I plan to read more by Duffy Brown!


  2. I tend not to be a huge fan of cozies, either. I read a lot of mysteries but I tend to prefer police procedurals, psychological thrillers, etc.. The few cozies I’ve liked have been because of the good sense of humor displayed, so I might check this one out on my next UBS jaunt.


    1. My books have an amateur sleuth meaning its someone drawn into solving the murder because she knows the person being accused unjustly. She solves the mystery by looking at the characters involved more than the physical evidence. The murder weapon, time of death, location, etc are obvious things she takes into account but no labs or even fingerprints…unless she can wheedle the info out of the cops. And we laugh a lot. When you have an amateur doing anything things do not go smoothly! LOL


  3. Oh this sounds good–I had never heard of the author, or the location where she set the story. Thank you for bringing both to my attention! 😀


  4. Thanks for the nice review of Geared for the Grave, the first book in the Cycle Path mystery series. I love Mackinac Island!! There are no cars, lots of fudge and they do indeed call the tourists fudges as they buy about ten tons of fudge a year…yeah, it really is that good. There really is a Mustang (the stand) lounge, where the locals hang out and most of the other buildings are for real. I made up Rudy’s Rides though there are a lot of bike shops. There are 500 islanders who stay there all the time. 500 horses in the summer and they take the horses off-island in the winter. Hope you get a chance to visit Mackinac. It’s terrific!


    1. Oh, it’s great to hear from the author, Duffy! I like that.

      It’s also great to hear about the places which are actually real on the island. So interesting that the horses leave each winter! Since I have relatives in northern Wisconsin I’m putting this on my list of places to visit sometime when I go there–but maybe not in the summer when there are so many tourists. I’m looking forward to reading more of your books, Duffy!


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