Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Book Reviews

Evil by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge is the fourth book in the By The Sea Mystery series.  Liz is all set to help her great aunt host the first event at the hotel - a wedding for a medium and a white warlock.  The bride is a good friend to Liz's great aunt.  The groom seems to be a controlling person that no one really likes.  When he dies at the rehearsal dinner, no one is certain if the groom or the bride was the intended victim.  As the bodies pile up, Liz realizes she may be too close to the truth for her own safety.  This is a great series as I love the setting and the quirky characters.  While this book can be read on its own, it is best read after the other books to get the full effect.

The third book in the Ditie Brown Mystery series by Sarah Osborne is Murder Most Southern.  Ditie's best friend, Lurleen, has talked her into taking part in a baking contest hosted by celebrity chef, Savannah.  Savannah's husband dies after growing ill at the welcome party and more mysterious events take place at the contest.  Ditie and Lurleen soon discover everyone involved has secrets making it hard to know who to trust.  I enjoy the southern setting in this book.  The slight "dig" about Atlanta not being the south earned a few extra points with me.  I enjoy this series, and this book is a nice addition.

A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette is the first book in the Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series.  Win has taken over her family's ice cream shop in Ohio and is ready for the grand reopening. Unfortunately it coincides with the first snowfall of the season which keeps customers away.  Too bad it did not keep the dead body out of her path.  The dead man tried to swindle her family years ago, and Win's dad is the police's number one suspect.  The book was a bit slow in places which is not unusual in the start of a series.  I loved the family aspect although Win's friends are a bit out there.  I do look forward to the next installment to see how the relationships develop.

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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