Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran
Series: Read Em and Eat #1
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
I love the idea of a bookstore café that becomes the backdrop in this debut novel in this lighthearted whodunit. The tone was comfortable and the pacing was perfect in this engaging mystery where the suspect list was plenty. The author did a great job in pulling it all together in a manner befitting a drama that kept me turning the pages until the end. I adore the cast of characters that includes feisty Sassy, Bridgy, her BFF and the ever-present Ophie. This is very enjoyable and I can’t wait for the next book in this delightfully appealing series.
No one is more distraught than Augusta, and Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta doesn’t have time for sympathy. She wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. Now Sassy is on the case, and she’d better act fast before there’s any more trouble in paradise.
Visit Terrie at www.terriefarleymoran.com
Death of a Crabby Cook by Penny Pike
Series: Food Festival #1
This was very enjoyable and I love the pacing and flow of this light whodunit. This mystery was hard to put down and I especially like the humor that was contained within the pages. Darcy is a wonderful character and I adore the relationship she has with her Aunt Abby and her cousin Dillon whose appearance is not what it seems. Jake and the other food truck vendors round out this delicious cast of characters and I can’t wait to read the next book in this delightfully entertaining series. Bonus recipes are included.
But she soon finds someone’s been trafficking in character assassination—literally—when a local chef turns up dead and her aunt is framed for the murder. The restaurant chef was an outspoken enemy of food trucks, and now Darcy wonders if one of the other vendors did him in. With her aunt’s business—and freedom—on the line, it’s up to Darcy to steer the murder investigation in the right direction and put the brakes on an out-of-control killer.
Visit Penny Pike, pseudonym for Penny Warner at www.pennywarner.com
Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams
Series: Book Retreat #1
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
This is a tantalizing mystery that teased me with a perfect setting of a resort that was wrapped about books and more books beyond one's wildest dream. A murder puts a damper on things and that's when this book kicks it into high gear with a light whodunit that carried me from one chapter to the next as I had to know what happens next. The author did a beautiful job in creating a wonderful escapism that was both engaging and entertaining with a very comfortable tone and lovable characters that I can't wait to learn more about. Jane is determined and a strong heroine who takes her new role with honor and I love her interactions with her family and friends. This is a great read and I look forward to the next book in this delightfully charming series.
But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up.
Visit Ellery at www.elleryadamsmysteries.com