Murder at the Taffy Shop review

This is the second book in the fun new Cozy Capers Book Group series by Maddie Day who write the Country Store series under the same name, aka Edith Maxwell. I’m really enjoying this series and definitely recommend reading the first one before this for the most enjoyment. It’s not totally required, because there aren’t any spoilers, but getting to know the characters and Mac’s crazy parrot, Belle, seems more fun that way. I’m super anxious for the third book in the series now.

I did order my own copy from Barnes&Noble (it’s an exclusive now for a year), but I was also sent a paperback ARC from the publisher, @Kensington Publishing, which I voluntarily reviewed, and my opinions are my own.

My Goodreads review:

Murder at the Taffy Shop (Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery, #2)Murder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m glad I read the first book recently, because the characters were all still fresh in my mind. Being a new series, I’m sure if I’d read it when the first book came out, I’d have forgotten a lot. I’m not a fan of birds at all, but I just love Belle the gray African parrot! She’s such a hoot and talk about being handy during a killer showdown!

I liked the main characters a lot the first time around, but they’re definitely among my faves now. I hadn’t guessed the killer, so the reveal was a surprise for me. I hope that Mac and Tim can work out their differences, but I think toward the end of the book, it was looking that way. I’m so anxious now for the next book, but I’m pretty sure we’ll have to wait at least a year.

I voluntarily read and reviewed a paperback ARC of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.

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With a Kiss I Die–review

This is the second book in the Theater Cop series by J.A. Hennrikus aka Julia Henry of the Garden Squad series. I really enjoyed the first book in this series when it came out last year and the idea of a retired police officer working as a theater manager. Sully quickly became someone that I would definitely want to be friends with. Somehow even though she’s not on the force, she manages to find herself near a murder investigation. Once a cop, always a cop? At least in her heart maybe.

My Goodreads review:

With a Kiss I Die (A Theater Cop Mystery #2)With a Kiss I Die by J.A. Hennrikus

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Sully Sullivan decided to help out her friend Dimitri at a theater in Boston, she had no idea she’d be getting herself into more investigating as well as running into her old police partner, Toni. She and her cousin Emma Whitehall were investigating her ex-husband Gus’s disappearance. There were two murders, and a lot of people had a lot of secrets. I hadn’t guessed who the killer was, and the showdown with the person was a bit nerve-wracking.

I’ve really grown to like and admire Sully even more after this book. She’s an amazing and loyal friend who would give her friends just about anything without thinking twice about it. That also included doing anything for her friends. The character of Emma was introduced in the first book, and this time she got to go on sleuthing expeditions with Sully, since she luckily wasn’t a murder suspect. Dimitri is such a hoot! He’s definitely a multi-faceted character. He can be sweet and mild or go on a yelling spree at the theater, but when it’s all said and done, he’s one of Sully’s best friends as is her cousin Eric. I’m anxious to see where Sully’s next adventure will take her, since this one was in Boston and away from her home theater.

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