I was feeling delicate this week…still am and was looking for a gentle read. I don’t read a great deal of cozy mysteries but they have to be supernatural. So this one, based at Halloween with a ghost felt right. This is number 2 in the series and I felt that it didn’t stand alone very strongly. There were references to characters and previous plot lines that made me realise I should have read “Murder Beach” first.
The main character, Cass is settling into her new home by the beach, which is also inhabited by a ghost, Doris. Halloween is coming and her brother and his partner have come to stay. Then a body is found murdered on the stretch of beach near Cass’s house. She starts to investigate herself as she feels threatened by it happening again so close to her and with talk of neighbours gossip and long lost treasure it needs solving.
It was a pleasant read, gentle and homely. Cass never feels in any real danger. There was lots of food prepared and people talking. There was lots of dialogue, maybe too much and lots of characters coming around to visit, maybe too many. I enjoyed it but the mystery seemed solved too conveniently and too quickly at the end when most of the book was taken up by friendly chats over delicious food that didn’t seemed linked to anything about the mystery (maybe setting up the next book). I don’t think I’ll read the first one, this cozy mystery isn’t for me but for a light, gentle read with a slight supernatural tinge it might be for you.
3/5. Food, friends, ghosts and a little murder.
Thank you to NetGalley and The Wild Rose Press for this eArc copy for exchange for an honest review.