I am continuing with my goal to read or listen to as many cozy mysteries on my backlist as possible. This week I read three and enjoyed them all. I have a few more on my TBR for the last 11 days of the month. Can I tempt you with any of these reviews?
Murder, She Edited (Deadly Edits #4) by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Published July 27th 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mikki Lincoln inherits a nearby farm from a woman she hasn’t seen in two decades, who was a friend of her mothers. There is a catch to the inheritance, she must find missing diaries somewhere in the house, edit them and publisher them on several specific internet sites, all within one month. Right from the start, Mikki did not have a good feeling and began by firing the security company that was supposed to be watching the property and hiring someone she knew and trusted. She finds out that there is an unsolved mystery in the house’s past and someone seems to be storing things in the barn. She has a lot on her plate in this outing in the Deadly Edits series.
The murder in the book was an old cold case that had gone unsolved for years, but when Mikki sets her mind on something, and with the help of two sets of diaries that she finds, she is able to puzzle out what happened so many years ago. But, that is not the only mystery. Someone is storing things in her barn and when she stumbles upon some containers, someone tries to burn down the barn and the house with Mikki inside. I think I liked this outing the best so far. This story really centered on Mikki and her ability to deduce things. There is some police intervention, thanks goodness, but Mikki pretty much solves this one on her own. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of the book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Death at High Tide (Island Sisters Mystery #1) by Hannah Dennison, Natalie Duke (Reader)
Published September 14th 2020 by Dreamscape Media, LLC, Minotaur Books
This is a great start to a new series. Evie Mead’s life is about to change when her husband dies of a heart attack. While meeting with their financial advisor, she finds out that they are almost bankrupt, but a note from her deceased husband leads her to believe that she might own a hotel on Tregarrick Rock, one of the Isles of Scilly. She and her sister Margo, head off to look at the hotel and find out if the loan was ever repaid. The man who owns the hotel is not very nice and he initially informs them that he had never met her husband, but when it is revealed that he did, he tells them that the loan was paid back and he has paperwork to prove it. There are a lot of odd things happening at the hotel and a lot of hostility between family members and some employees, that Evie is sure there is something going on. When bodies begin to pile up, there is definitely a mystery that needs to be sorted. What is happening at the Tregarrick Hotel? Are Evie or Margot suspects? Can they find the culprit before someone else ends up dead?
This was a bit of a closed door mystery. The island is pretty much cut off from everywhere else with the fog and tides. You need to take a sea tractor to get to the resort. There was a bit of creepy vibe with a stalker, angry characters, an old woman, a man who talks to animals, fog and an old rundown hotel. I really liked the mystery. I had figured out some of what was going on, but not all of it, so the reveal at the end was great. There were several red herrings throughout that threw me off the scent for a bit, and they were very well integrated into the story. There is some danger for Evie as well and she gets help from an unexpected source. I liked Evie’s character. She was a bit naive, but didn’t deserve what happened to her. I was not crazy about Margo, she was bossy, loud, demanding and a bit obnoxious. She did grow on me somewhat and when her story is revealed, I did feel sorry for her. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and loved the set up for the next book in the series. I did a read/listen with this book and enjoyed the narration by Natalie Duke and hope she continues to narrate this series.
Deadly News (Britton Bay #1) by Jody Holford
Published October 30th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Molly Owens is ready to put down roots, so when she sees an ad for a managing editor for the local paper in Britton Bay, a small town on the Oregon Coast she applies and is hired. The problem is that there is one reporter that is not happy to work for her and gives her a hard time from day one. She is not ready to give up and fire him, so she pushes Vernon, to dig a little deeper into the story of a prominent local family, and he ends up dead. The problem is that he is not well liked, so there are many suspects, including Molly. Molly is an investigative reporter, so she begins to ask questions and her sleuthing has her receiving threats. Who killed Vernon and why?
I really enjoyed this first book in a new series to me. Molly is a wonderful character. She is smart, doesn’t take anything from her team and is perseverant, she will not give up and wants to solve the crime. I also like Sam Alderich. He is the son of the owner of the B&B, were Molly is living and there is definitely chemistry there. They work well together taking the clues and piecing things together. There are a lot of twists and red herrings with a few people getting arrested along the way. As much as I enjoyed this story, I was a bit surprised by the insta-love between Molly and Sam. I also miss the eccentric and quirky characters that usually populate these small town cozies. Having said that, I enjoyed the mystery and look forward to seeing what is next for Molly and the town of Britton Bay.