This is the long-awaited third book in the Cycle Path series by Duffy Brown, which takes place on Mackinac Island. This series along with another cozy set there were what inspired me and my family to visit Mackinac this fall. I love how Duffy uses real names of the places.
When I read this last week, I could just picture being back on the island. Having visited, it’s so much easier to picture places that are mentioned in the book now. Once I’m done with craft shows for the season and feel more caught up with the ARCs I need to read, I hope to get out the first two in this series since it has been over a year since I read them.
I did receive an e-copy of the book from the author (but when it released I also bought the Kindle version). My review was voluntary and my opinions are my own.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Oh my goodness, this was soooo good! It was well worth the wait! I’m not sure whether it was because I had recently been to Mackinac Island or just the fact that all of us fans were so starved for another book in this series that I tended to enjoy this book a lot more than I usually enjoy a book. I like to think it’s a little of both, and mainly that the author just does an amazing job of capturing funny, serious. a little romantic and sometimes downright slapstick moments in her characters, particularly Evie. Evie is definitely someone that I would want to be friends with! Except I probably ride a bike about as well as she does, which is not saying much! We would always have to take Fiona or Donna’s carriage on sleuthing missions.
In this new installment, it started right off the bat with Fiona and Evie finding a body on the dock. There was another murder later in the book. I’m sure by the time the person is killed, you’ll have guessed who was getting killed. 😉 I had a pretty good idea of who the killer was, but a couple of times I was nearly fooled into believing otherwise.
Some of my favorite characters got some featured time with Evie, like Irish Donna that has the shop Blarney Scones. She got to go sleuth with Evie. Evie’s mom’s boyfriend Angelo, a retired mob boss that I absolutely love, got to go on one of her lock-picking missions with her. Fiona was in rare form because she had fallen head over heels in love with Nate’s police friend, Finn, who came to the island to help investigate the first murder.
It’s not necessary to read these books in order, but I would highly recommend doing that before reading this one. That way, you’ll get the feel for the island and characters, learn about Nate and Evie’s history, see how Evie’s mom ended up there, just fun things like that. The author does a great job of catching readers up, but honestly, read the other books first, you’ll love them!
There were lots of secrets, red herrings and just plain fun times on Mackinac Island in this book. I didn’t want the book to end! After the exciting showdown as well as the sweetest ending though, I can’t wait for more! Hmm, maybe a book about the coming winter? 😉