Title: From Beer to Eternity
Author: Sherry Harris
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
Page Count: 241
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A whip smart librarian’s fresh start comes with a tart twist in this perfect cocktail of murder and mystery—with a romance chaser.
MURDER ON TAP
With Chicago winters in the rearview mirror, Chloe Jackson is making good on a promise: help her late friend’s grandmother run the Sea Glass Saloon in the Florida Panhandle. To Chloe’s surprise, feisty Vivi Slidell isn’t the frail retiree Chloe expects. Nor is Emerald Cove. It’s less a sleepy fishing village than a panhandle hotspot overrun with land developers and tourists. But it’s a Sea Glass regular who’s mysteriously crossed the cranky Vivi. When their bitter argument comes to a head and he’s found dead behind the bar, guess who’s the number one suspect?
In trying to clear Vivi’s name, Chloe discovers the old woman isn’t the only one in Emerald Cove with secrets. Under the laidback attitude, sparkling white beaches, and small town ways something terrible is brewing. And the sure way a killer can keep those secrets bottled up is to finish off one murder with a double shot: aimed at Chloe and Vivi.
From Beer to Eternity by Sherry Harris is the first book in the new cozy Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries each book in this series will feature it’s own mystery that is fully solved within the book leaving each to be able to be enjoyed on their own. There will be character development that carries over from book to book however for those that enjoy the entire series from the beginning.
Chloe Jackson is a children’s libraian from Chicago who made a promise to her best friend when he enlisted in the military. If anything were to happen to him Chloe promised to head to Emerald Cove in the Florida Panhandle to see to it that his grandmother would be OK after his passing. What Chloe didn’t expect was the feisty Vivi Slidell who runs the Sea Glass Saloon. Being far from the elderly grandma Chloe thought she’d find she isn’t sure of staying on but a promise is a promise.
After the funeral Chloe came up with the small white lie that she was having car problems and needed to wait for a part to come in before she could head home. With this excuse Chloe managed to get Vivi to give her a job at the Sea Glass Saloon where she could keep an eye on Vivi. Unfortunately for Chloe one morning she stumbles upon the body of a patron out behind the bar, and not just any patron, one that Vivi had words with the night before making her suspect #1 leaving Chloe no choice but to investigate.
From Beer to Eternity was a lovely opener for this new quirky cozy series set in a wonderful location. The main character was actually rather likable and her personality fit that of an out of place libraian. They mystery in this opener was also a solid one to follow with Chloe not getting too far out of her element and remaining believable in her tasks. I’ll look forward to seeing what this series will bring to the readers in future installments.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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