Title: A Vintage Death
Author: Mary Ellen Hughes
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: November 8, 2018
Page Count: 266
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Callie Reed has put together a special event, but a killer is ripping it apart at the seams
As the new owner of a music box store in Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. So she volunteers to plan the fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who’s come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed with a pair of vintage scissors.
Suspicion is cast on the victim’s estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove’s vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep.
A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes is the second book of the cozy Keepsake Cove Mystery series. Each book in the series is centered around it’s own mystery so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so however there is some character building carried over story to story.
In the first book of the series Callie Reed had gone to visit her aunt Melodie in Keepsake Cove where her aunt owned a collectable music box store. However shortly after arriving Callie found her aunt murdered and with faint hints of help from a favorite music box Callie had to find a murderer.
Now Callie is settling into Keepsake Cove and running the shop she inherited from her aunt and settling into the community. Callie has planned to volunteer for the fall decorations and welcoming a visiting author but celebrations are halted when another dead body is found in the small community.
When reading the first book of this series Keepsake Cove quickly became one of those charming little places that I wished I could visit with all of it’s specialty shops and cozy cottages so the setting alone is enough to return to book two. But this series also holds likable characters and good mysteries to go along with the wonderful setting too. There’s only a touch of paranormal to the book with the mysterious music box but it’s just enough to give the story an extra touch of uniqueness. Will be looking forward to seeing what Callie and friends have in store in the next installment.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. Visit her at http://www.MaryEllenHughes.com.