A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery) by Mary Ellen Hughes
I am delighted to join the blog tour for A Curio Killing by Mary Ellen Hughes today! My thanks to Lori at Great Escapes Book Tours for the chance to join and the wonderful review copy!
A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
3rd in Series
Setting – Maryland
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2019)
Paperback: 264 pages
Digital ASIN: B07KMX5QY4
About A Curio Killing
Callie finds treble in Keepsake Cove when her ex-boyfriend is framed for murder . . .
Callie Reed is looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival. But her excitement dims considerably when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hank, will be performing with one of the hired country-western bands. Callie vows to keep her distance, but that changes when the band’s manager, Bobby Linville, is found dead, killed with the music box Hank bought at Callie’s shop.
Hank is soon singing a sad tune in a detention center with Callie his only lifeline. Though thoroughly aware of his many faults, she knows violence and murder aren’t in his blood. But that means one of her fellow Keepsake Cove residents must be hiding a dark secret—something Callie desperately needs to uncover.
A great mystery which is surprisingly dark for a cozy, A Curio Killing is book three in the ‘Keepsake Cove Mystery’ series.
Cassie Reed is going about her life making ends meet and running her shop, House of Melody, selling unusual music boxes, alongside all of the other collectables businesses in her little town, including Shake It Up! – a shop selling salt & pepper shakers. Keepsake Cove, Maryland is a wonderful, quaint little place and the townsfolk regularly hold events for business promotion. This time, it is the weekend of the Spring Festival with various entertainments on offer for the event-goers such as a band, fancy dress photography, craft stalls and line-dancing. During the festivities, a dead body is found. A previous beau of Callie’s, Hank, the hired band’s guest singer, is considered to be the main suspect but he maintains that he is not the perpetrator. Callie turns amateur-sleuth but will she able to find out the truth before she is next on the hit list?
I loved down-to-earth and inquisitive Callie although she did have a tendency towards procrastination. A few of the other characters were difficult to warm to, however, I was rather fond of kindhearted Delia. Some of the stronger secondary characters provided further depth and richness to the story – such as part-time assistant Tabitha, Callie’s significant other, Brian and her fiction writer friend, Lyssa.
I really appreciated the author, Mary Ellen Hughes’ easy-going style of writing. With its interesting dialogue and red herrings, there was never a dull moment in this thrilling cozy mystery.
There was plenty of opportunity to play armchair detective alongside Cassie whilst I tried to guess the identity of the killer. Swiping through the pages on my e-reader, I finished A Curio Killing in only a few hours!
A fantastic and engaging read which was well worth the time invested and totally deserves my five stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel through Great Escapes Book Tours at my own request. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Brianne’s Book Reviews Rating | Five Stars
About Mary Ellen Hughes
Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries, the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. The Keepsake Cove series begins with A Fatal Collection and continues with A VINTAGE DEATH and A CURIO KILLING.
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