Steeped to Death review

This is the first in a brand new magical cozy mystery series, Witches Brew Mysteries by Gretchen Rue.  It was fun following Phoebe on her search for whether or not her aunt Eudora was a witch and whether she was one herself. The surprises were good ones though, and I’m super eager to read more in this series! I just love the key characters and setting. All those little shops sound amazing. I can’t wait to visit Raven Creek, WA again!

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My Goodreads review:

Steeped to Death (Witches' Brew Mystery #1)Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved the first in this new series! It had just the right balance of magical things going on and cozy elements for the cozy mystery part. Phoebe’s newfound ability was a pretty cool one that she couldn’t just call on, but it sure knew when she needed it! Aunt Eudora definitely left her everything she needed, even a sweet cat named Bob who didn’t appear to be magical, at the moment anyway.

I know who I wanted to be guilty, but there were a few other suspects out there too. I liked how the detective didn’t automatically think Phoebe was guilty because the body was found behind her store. The stakeout she mentioned would’ve been awfully cool, but other things happened instead that you’ll just have to find out when you read it.

The showdown was exciting and could’ve gone a lot worse had Phoebe not been who she was. I liked the revelation at the end and how someone she’d suspected actually turned out to be an awesome protector and true friend.

It’ll be interesting to see who exactly Phoebe ends up being sleuthing besties with and if she and Rich ever officially date. Honey seemed like a like-minded fellow business owner that might make a good sleuth, so I’m eager to see what all Phoebe and her new town of friends gets into next time. I hope there’s another book planned for sooner than a year away!

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

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Fillet of Murder–review

This is the first book in the Deep Fried series by Linda Reilly. This is a fun idea for a sleuth job, working at a fish and chips restaurant that’s owned by a couple from England who came to Massachusetts to live. I loved these characters and the sweet calico kitty that Talia found that had been abandoned. She named her Bojangles, since she’s living in her Nana’s house and that was Nana’s favorite song.

My Goodreads review:

Fillet of Murder (Deep Fried Mystery #1)Fillet of Murder by Linda Reilly

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book so much! The main characters were all people that I would want to be friends with in real life. Bea and her husband Howie are such sweethearts, and Rachel is just about the coolest friend a person would want.

When Talia Marby comes home to Wrensdale MA to live in her Nana’s old house and work her old job at Lambert’s Fish and Chips, she never knew she’d be playing amateur sleuth to clear her friend Bea’s name. One of the shop owners who was an insufferable jerk, was found dead in his shop with all signs pointing to Bea since the knife that killed him was a fillet knife. In the meantime, Bea and her husband Howie wanted to sell the shop to Talia so they could start their retirement in Myrtle Beach. With so many events coming and going, Talia at least had her mom and Rachel–and an adorable little calico cat she’d found hanging around, to keep her at least partway sane.

I just loved how she met Ryan, an old classmate, whose dad had early Alzheimer’s. His dad was a sweetie too. I’m glad there’s some sort of guy interest there for her. Rachel has met a guy too, another shop owner had some baby news. Even Talia’s mom had something awesome to tell her.

I loved the showdown with the killer in this book! It was pretty exciting and well, you’ll just have to read it. Let’s just say Arthur, Ryan’s dad being a Shakespeare fan came in really handy. Arthur himself was somewhat of a hero as well. I’m anxious to read the next book in this series and hang out in Wrensdale again soon sometime!

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