Saturday, June 8, 2019

Weekend Book Reviews

No Good Tea Goes Unpunished by Bree Baker is the second book in the Seaside Cafe Mystery series.  I had not read the first book, but I was able to follow this one with no problem.  Everly owns an iced tea shop and cafe in North Carolina.  She has organized a beachfront wedding which goes horribly wrong when the groom is found dead.  Everly begins her own investigation and soon becomes a target for the killer.  Add in two eccentric aunts, a crazy ex-boyfriend, and an annoying reporter and Everly has her hands full.  It all works together though.  I loved the setting and the characters in this book.  While the book easily stands on its own, it makes me want to go back and read the first book as well as any future installments.

The third book in the Poppy McAllister Mystery series by Libby Klein is Restaurant Weeks are Murder.  Poppy finds herself as the assistant chef on a restaurant challenge cooking show along with her ex-fiance.  In addition her bed and breakfast is hosting the judges for the challenge. Someone is out to ruin the challenge by sabotaging the contestants and then murdering one of the judges.  The mystery is a strong one and kept me guessing until the end.  I look froward to the next book in this series.

Alibis & Angels by Olivia Mathews is the third book in the Sister Lou Mystery series.  Sister Lou is focused on the upcoming Lenten season when she is asked by the mayor to look into a recent murder.  The mayor's finance director is murdered, but it seems that the mayor may have been the intended target.  While this book definitely has a religious theme, I love the author's gentle way of discussing the topic.  Sister Lou is a wonderful character, and the supporting characters are equally charming.  The smart characters and wholesome writing make this one of my favorite cozy mystery series.

disclosure:  I received these e-books through NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own!

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