Book Review: Soft Hearts (Rett Swinson Mystery #1)

Title: Soft Hearts (Rett Swinson Mystery #1)
Author: Eric Lodin
Genre: Mystery, Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5

Hello, my dear readers! Today, I have a review of a murder mystery titled Soft Hearts by Eric Lodin. I would like to thank the author for the review copy!

By the rating I have given, you must have guessed that I really liked the book. Honestly, it’s been long since I have enjoyed a book that has the right ingredients for a mystery. So, without further ado, let’s get to the review.


A Halloween Murder, a Dragon Suspect-and a Neighborhood Secret.

Harriett “Rett” Swinson is trying to rebuild her life after a failed marriage when a group of Halloween trick-or-treaters discovers her neighbor, retired English professor and poet Wanda Hightower, dead on her porch, stabbed in the back and through the heart. Was her killer a random psychopath in search of blood on All Hallow’s Eve-or one of the neighbors who helped with her lawn’s makeover gone wrong? Wanda claimed to have dirt on nearly everyone in their Downtown Raleigh neighborhood, so the list of suspects is long.

Finding the killer will require Rett to reconstruct Wanda’s turbulent past while weighing her growing attraction for Homicide Detective Darryl Schmidt against a desperate need for independence-and a growing feeling that an innocent man is being singled out by the police for the murder.

The first installment in the Rett Swinson Mystery Series, Soft Hearts explores how the fragile vulnerability of human beings can become their greatest strength.

What I Liked

I thoroughly enjoyed the story. What I loved is that the mystery began right from the beginning and then, I was hooked. The narrative is smooth and precise. The plot, absorbing. I thought I had the criminal zeroed-in, but no. I was surprised and the reveal is worth the wait.

I liked how inclusive and relatable the characters were. The light romance between Rett and Darryl ties the story nicely, so it is not all grim and heavy. I wish I had Needless Necessities in my city. As a crafty person myself, I can imagine happily spending hours there, sigh!

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read that I did not want to put down until I finished it!

What I Did Not Like

Nothing not to like here.

Other Details

This is the first book of the Rett Swinson series and I am eagerly awaiting the next. This is my first time reading the author’s work and I am pleasantly surprised. Another author added to the watch-out list!

Would I Recommend It?

Yes! If you are mystery buff, then pick this one up. You will not regret it.

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