Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Review: Southern Discomfort

Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery by Caroline Fardig

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 1s in Series Alibi (March 6, 2018) 
ASIN: B071K4DV7W Will be up on GoodReads soon.
Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.
Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.
Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.
Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”
 Review:  I love finding new cozy mystery series at the beginning. I also love cozy series that are set in the South. I'm not sure why, but I do, so this is a win win with this book.

I have to admit the cover made me think more of a Halloween themed, but there is a little ghostly action happening here, which makes the story more unique.

Quinn and her sister Delilah (now I have a Tom Jones song stuck in my head) have a B & B in Savannah, GA. If that's not a perfect setting, I don't know what is.

The mystery involves the murder of Quinn's friend, Drew's brother. That's a mouthful, and both Quinn and Drew end up being suspects, but when Drew is arrested, she knows she has to do something.  Enter the fun sleuthing with a little help from her sister.

I wanted a little more with the friendship between Quinn and Drew.  For a first book in a series, there needed to be a little more development in that area to draw the reader in.

The pacing starts out slow, but again, this is the first book in a series, and I find that common, as you are introduced to characters that you'll probably be seeing again and again in future books. Once things took off, it was really a great read and a series I look forward to continuing with.

Rating: 4 flowers

About the Author

CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the "Best Books of 2015" by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

Social Media

Website: www.carolinefardig.com Blog: http://www.carolinefardig.com/blog/ Twitter: @carolinefardig Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/carolinefardigbooks Purchase Links Amazon B&N Kobo Google Play
Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately: DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS


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