Title: Southern Discomfort
Author: Caroline Fardig
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Page Count: 231
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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.”
Southern Discomfort by Caroline Fardig is the first book in the new cozy A Southern B&B Mystery series. This cozy little adventure comes with southern charm and a touch of paranormal with the resident ghost at the B&B.
Quinn Bellandini works in the her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah located in Savannah, Georgia. Quinn’s friend Drew owns a local restaurant and when wires get crossed between the friends Quinn heads over at closing to apologize. Instead of finding Drew closing up however Quinn finds his brother with a knife in his back on the kitchen floor.
When detectives arrive Quinn gets the distinct feeling that finding a body has put her up at the top of the suspect pool. When Drew is arrested for the murder though Quinn knows she needs to help investigate before they both wind up in jail for a crime they didn’t commit.
When I saw Southern Discomfort up for review I knew I needed to read this one since I’ve seen nothing but good things about the Java Jive series by Caroline Fardig. I’m happy to say for the most part I came away completely happy with this first installment of the series.
The one thing with this first book I would have liked to have seen though was a bit more into Quinn and Drew’s friendship before the murder happened. I didn’t get the feel of them being close enough to warrant putting her life at risk for him really but that in no way made her investigating any less fun.
The book had all of those other elements I look for in cozy mysteries though that held my attention quite easily. There’s a humorous vibe to the story while hunting the murderer, there’s the slightly quirky vibe from some of the characters and to top all of it off there’s some spirits in the B&B that like to be helpful. With all of those fun elements I’ll definitely look for the second book in the series to see what happens with Quinn and company next.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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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.