These are two novellas in series that I really enjoy by two authors I follow. Both of these are cozy mysteries, whose mystery in these books is not murder. They are short, fun and a great teaser for the series. You can read them as standalone books, but I recommend you check out both of these well written series. I received them both from Netgalley upon my request. The ratings, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Published April 2nd 2019 by Lyrical Press
I enjoy these novellas to keep me up to date with what is happening in South Cove, California. They are lighter than the full novels, and the mystery is not usually a murder. It’s almost Mother’s Day and Jill’s boyfriend has asked her to meet his mother on Mother’s Day. She is a bit apprehensive of this big step in their relationship. The other story in this book revolves around Kyle, an employee at the antique store, who is hoping to reconnect with his mother who he has not seen since he was a boy of five. He has recently found her on social media, but she seems to be reluctant to get together. In Jull’s normal fashion, she takes it upon herself to help Kyle and find out if this woman in legit.
The mystery in this novella was very light, focusing on locating Kyle’s mother. The familiar characters were all there and it was nice to catch up with them. My only issue was that this mystery could have been easily solved by having Greg check out the prison first, where Kyle’s mother had been incarcerated. I always enjoy a visit to South Cove and look forward to the next book in the series.
Published February 26th 2019 by Kensington
Criminally Cocoa by Amanda Flower is a short novella in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. This story focuses on Charlotte, the assistant to the usual main character Bailey King, a chocolatier. The ladies have traveled into the city to film Bailey’s cooking show but as the cameras begin to roll Charlotte notices things begin to happen that seem to be trying to make Bailey look bad or perhaps even hurt someone.
I enjoy Amanda Flower’s writing. She does a great job blending in the Amish community and their customs with the English life. Charlotte has not been baptized yet and is struggling with what she wants to do in her life. As Charlotte participates in the television show, her beliefs are tested and I love how she does not understand so many of the idioms and expressions being tossed about. Many of the familiar characters make an appearance, even Jethro the pig. There is a merry chase for the little fellow in the park. This is a short story without a murder, but there is still a satisfying mystery to solve with several suspects and a satisfying outcome. A fun addition to the series.