Title: Death by Committee
Author: Alexis Morgan
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Page Count: 304
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative’s property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached—one of which is tied to a dead body!
After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!
Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?
Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in the new cozy Abbey McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries the characters are introduced in this first book that will appear in later installments but the mystery is contained and solved within the book.
Abby McCree had just gotten divorced and had to sell her half of the business she shared with her husband over to him when she found out her Aunt Sybil left her in her will. Needing a fresh start Abby decides to move into her Aunts former home and make it her own in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington.
Once settled Abby finds that all of Sybil’s old friends are turning to her to fill the whole that her aunt had also left in their lives. Getting volunteered for project and project Abby is thankful that her aunt’s tenant is helping maintain the property. As the two try to clean up the land they never expected to stumble upon the body of Sybil’s nemesis in the small town. Abby can’t believe her aunt would be a murderer so she vows to do what she can to find the real killer.
Death by Committee was a fun start to this new cozy series. There’s some laughs, likable characters, a darling dog and even a bit of romance all mixed into this first book. I also liked that the local law was involved the whole time in the story instead of some cozies that tend to forget them completely or make them overly incompetent. With all the likable secondary characters in this opener I’m more than curious where the series will head next.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always been an avid reader, and she loves spending her days with hunky heroes and gutsy heroines. She has published more than thirty books, novellas, and short stories, including contemporary romances, American West Historicals (as Pat Pritchard), Paranormal and Fantasy Romances. Her new contemporary series, Snowberry Creek, is being published by Signet Eclipse. She has been nominated for numerous industry awards, including the RITA© from the Romance Writers of America, the top award in the romance genre. Alexis loves to hear from fans. You can contact her through her website at http://www.alexismorgan.com