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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Big Trouble in Little Greektown review

This is the third book in the Goddess of Greene Street series by Kate Collins who was first known for her Flower Shop series that went on to be the inspiration for a series of Hallmark movies. I’m really enjoying this series featuring Athena and her big Greek family. She even managed to snag a non-Greek boyfriend and still has her mama’s approval. There was a cute side story in this book about Delphi trying to do the very same thing but being afraid to face Mama. Really loving all these characters! Oscar the raccoon sounds pretty adorable, but I know from a relative who owned one once that you really have to be careful, although Niko seemed to have him under control as an outdoor pet.

My Goodreads review:

Big Trouble in Little Greektown (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery Book 3)Big Trouble in Little Greektown by Kate Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I always love visiting with Athena and her big crazy Greek family (described that way by her and her sisters lol). Case was just about to get his private eye license and open a new office, and I was actually surprised that Lila who I never liked very much at all in the previous book, really came through for them when needed. Lila got a nice surprise toward the end too. She’s actually a good piece of comic relief when they go on an interrogating mission. Athena’s son Nicholas/Niko had a new friend who was part of a side mystery that developed. Niko was quite the sleuth just like his mom!

I hadn’t really figured out whodunit although there was definitely someone I wanted to be the perp, but lots of suspects fit the bill. The showdown was really exciting, and once again the town was rid of a culprit.

I’d only read the first in the Flower Shop series that this author wrote first and really enjoyed it, but I know that series was ended. I was happy to see a little nod to it in this book. I love when authors do that! You’ll have to read it yourself to see just where this little mention is!

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