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Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite: Macavity and Me Mystery Book 2 by Charlotte Stuart

Reviewed by Daniel Ryan Johnson

Who, Me? Fog Bows, Fraud and Aphrodite is a classic who-done-it. Bryn Baczek is a consultant living on a boat in Seattle with her strong-willed cat Macavity and an ailing goldfish who is fourth in line to the name of Bubbles. Due to too much coffee resulting in a late-night need to use the bathroom, Bryn overhears a heated argument on a neighbor’s boat, followed by a splash and silence.

From there, Bryn is not-so-reluctantly pulled into a mystery involving a missing woman, Captain America pajamas, questionable taste in art, scuba diving in the dark, a non-profit organization, a post-it note, a poker game, a stuffy auditor, and a pseudonym. While Bryn tries to play the part of a witness who is just trying to do her duty for justice, it is clear that she is very much enjoying her chance to play Sherlock Holmes. Bryn takes the one loose thread that lies in front of her and keeps pulling until the whole sweater has come unraveled. While Bryn continues to share her knowledge with the police throughout, she does so only after investigating each clue herself.

Charlotte Stuart presents us with a fun mystery, which, despite moments of darkness, generally plays as a light-hearted caper. Stuart has created well-rounded, intriguing characters to populate her story. Told from the first-person perspective, we get a thorough look into Bryn’s psyche and discover more about her than she is even willing to admit to herself. Read the rest of this entry »

A Berry Deadly Welcome: A Humorous Cozy Mystery (Kylie Berry Mysteries Book 1) by A.R. Winters

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Kylie Berry, who has just divorced her husband under very bad terms, heads out to Camden Falls. She is broke and very disgusted with her life. Not only did she divorce her husband but his family held her responsible although in reality it definitely was him and his “fooling around”. She gets to the little town in Kentucky and heads to another relative’s restaurant where Kylie was given an offer to work if she wanted.

Going into Sarah’s Eatery was quite a shock as it turns out the restaurant is quite large with many chairs and tables. Over the bar was a big sign saying, “We’ll miss you “and Sarah’s name was taped at the end of the sign. When Sarah runs around the bar and meets Kylie. She then takes her up and down the bar introducing her to all the regulars.

And then they move into a little office where Sarah hands Kylie a stack of papers and shows her where to sign. Unbeknownst to Kylie because she had lost control of her phone and computer during the divorce with her husband, Sarah sold the restaurant to Kylie! And after handing her keys to the restaurant and to an apartment upstairs Sarah was out the front door. She and her husband were moving away. Read the rest of this entry »