Murder at the Blueberry Festival review

This is the third book in the Beacon Bakeshop Mysteries by Darci Hannah, and the character development just gets better and better. Everyone’s in a good place as far as their relationships go, and the murder wasn’t an easy one to solve. I loved the funny moments that usually included the goat or Welly…or both. It’s just such a fun bunch of characters that I always look forward to catching up with in their next story.

My Goodreads review:

Murder at the Blueberry Festival (A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery Book 3)Murder at the Blueberry Festival by Darci Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blueberry Festival time was going on, and someone must’ve thought it’d be hilarious to play some pranks that weren’t really funny except to one individual who laughed louder than anyone at all of the events. Lindsey and her band of amateur sleuths eventually had to find out why a fairly beloved citizen was killed in such a weird way.

It was a hoot to read about Kennedy taking care of a goat and turning her into a little glam-goat. I loved that Lindsey and Rory were in a great place in their relationship as were Kennedy and her sweetie, Tuck who’s on the police force. I do like Sgt. Murdock pretty well. She came off as super tough, but since Lindsey was so easy to tease, the woman couldn’t resist sometimes. I really like Lindsey’s dad so much, and he seemed to be becoming a good fishing buddy of Rory’s. Even Lindsey’s mom’s become such a neat character that I think I’ll miss her if a book ever takes place while they’re being snowbirds in Florida. Ellie and Betty are the sleuthing pals in their age bracket, lol. Betty and Doc crack me up in their relationship, just too cute!

Rory’s little side story had him a bit lost for a while as far as what he wanted to do now that he wasn’t in law enforcement. I think he came up with the perfect solution as you’ll read at the very end of the book.

The showdown was actually pretty sad, so you might need to grab a tissue or two. It wasn’t dangerous for Lindsey but very soul baring for someone else. Good thing Lindsey’s got a heart of gold and loves to listen to anyone who needs it. I can’t say a whole lot or I’m afraid I might give away some fun secrets of the book that’re best revealed when you first read it. Hope you have as much fun as I did catching up with Lindsey and her whole work team, family and awesome friends! There’s not much longer to wait because the book releases July 26, 2022.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Cozies via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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A Game of Cones review

This is the second book that was just published today March 2, 2021 in the Ice Cream parlor series by Abby Collette, an Ohio author who’s also known as Abby L. VanDiver. Under that name, she’s published several different series, the longest being the Logan Dickerson series. I love her writing in this series, and I really want to explore her other books too. I just love Win and her crazy friend Maisie and of course, Riya who’s definitely a threat to any perp out there. These three besties got to team up this time with a friend of Win’s from New York who surprisingly fit right in. I’m super anxious for the next book and would like to thank @Berkley Publishing for approving me to read this book from NetGalley.

My Goodreads review:

A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery Book 2)A Game of Cones by Abby Collette
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really enjoying this series and Win with her big wonderful family and crazy but fun-to-sleuth- with friends! She had a visit from a good friend named Rory from when Win worked at an ad agency in New York, and Rory’s job was to persuade Win to come back to New York while tempting her with a nice fat pay increase and an office. I love what Win advised her friend later on toward the end. Poor Rory got a little tangled up in the murder that happened to be a guy representing a firm wanting to put a mini mall right in the downtown triangle of Chagrin Falls.

There were lots of secrets and mostly people were against this idea which would take away several of the small businesses. Maisie was about to burst from wanting to sleuth and coming up with about 800 conspiracies–that girl absolutely cracks me up and makes me laugh when she’s around, what a hoot and genuinely nice person! The usual trio with the addition of Rory became a foursome (not quite all fearsome, although Riya is a force to be reckoned with!) for sleuthing. The showdown was very cool, and Rory’s reaction was so good! I really liked Rory’s character and would love to see more of her in future books. Who knows, maybe she’ll change her mind about small towns someday?

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