Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Key To A Murder

Key to a Murder: An Antique Hunters Mystery
4th in Series
Cozy Cat Press (August 12, 2016)
Print Length: 176 pages


A mysterious woman appears on the doorstep of Great Aunt Sybil’s Attic in the middle of the night. Owner Anne Hillstrom lets her in, only to have the woman die in her arms. With no final words, and only an old lantern clutched to her chest, the dead woman provides Anne and her partner CC precious few clues to discover her murderer or why she spent her last moments in their antique store. The two Antique Hunters search for clues, finding themselves entangled in a centuries-old mystery leading them to a cemetery in Ireland where a ghost from the past has left them a cryptic message, and a killer has left them no choice but to discover his identity before he kills again. On their journey, the two best friends encounter antiques, romance and the key to a murder.

Review: Key To A Murder is the fourth book in the Antique Hunters Mystery series. Its the first book in this series that I've read, and I'm glad I found the series.

This book is shorter than the average cozy mystery, but the story is well developed and the characters are engaging.  I really liked CC, she's smart and savvy. Anne is a little harder to take. She's kind and you want to like her, but sometimes her lack of financial responsibility makes you want to pop her one upside the head.  Her plans for her home are what really frustrated me with her. How anyone could be that irresponsible is beyond me.

I love the friendship you see in this book, Anne and CC are really fabulous characters and they are the reason that you'll want to keep on with this series. Because if Anne didn't have CC, well, I think she'd be in bankruptcy court in no time.

Anne also has some issues with the men in her life. I truly can't understand why she treats Nigel so badly. He's really a great guy. She's totally clueless at one point at why he is upset with her when the reason is pretty obvious.

The mystery in the story involve a woman that died in Anne's arms at the beginning of the story and a lantern she had with her and it eventually leads them across the pond to find out more about the dead woman.

This was a fun mystery and a little different from the average cozy. I'm anxious to see what happens next for the Spoon Sisters and if Nigel and Anne can work things out.

Rating: 5 flowers

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diannekc said...

Love the antiques hunter storyline and it sounds like a really fun and interesting read. Can't wait to read.

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