Beauty Expos Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery #6) by Libby Klein #bookreview #mystery

Title: Beauty Expos Are Murder

Author: Libby Klein

Publisher:  Kensington Books

Publication Date: June 29, 2021

Page Count:  370

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Gluten-free baker Poppy McAllister is about to see the ugly side of beauty expos . . .

Easter weekend on the Jersey Shore is hopping. Poppy’s Bed and Breakfast is busier than ever, but she needs to leave things in the hopefully capable hands of Aunt Ginny—and paws of Figaro the black smoke Persian. She’s selling her paleo muffins and keto cookies at the Health and Beauty Expo in Cape May’s Convention Hall. Normally sharing a booth with the love of her life would be a treat, but she’s recently discovered secrets that throw her new romance into chaos.

But more secrets are about to be exposed at the expo. In his keynote address, prominent cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lance Rubin reveals his breakthrough anti-aging technology. Unfortunately, someone has one-upped him with a truly foolproof anti-aging formula: murder. With the plastic surgeon dead under his own UV mask, and bedlam reigning in the hall and back at the B&B, Poppy needs to follow a twisted trail marked by glowing footprints to unmask a killer . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

Beauty Expos Are Murder by Libby Klein is the sixth installment in the cozy A Poppy McAllister Mystery series. Each book of this series has a new mystery to be solved by the main character so they can be read and understood as a standalone if choosing to do so. Of course as with any continuing series there is some character development that would be missed if not reading from the beginning.

In this series readers were introduced to Poppy McAllister who is a forty something widow who moved back to her hometown of Cape May, New Jersey after the death of her husband. Poppy returned to be near her elderly Aunt Ginny and has made a living for herself baking gluten-free goodies to sell and running the bed and breakfast they opened after converting Aunt Ginny’s home.

Now Poppy is getting set to sell her baked goods at the Health and Beauty Expo in a booth with her sort of boyfriend Gia. Poppy never expected to find so much drama and danger at a beauty expo but it’s one thing after another until the famous doctor speaking is found dead. Not only does Poppy feel she needs to figure out what happened with the doctor’s death but her once a nemesis now merging into friend who is a police officer seems to need Poppy’s help getting out a her own murder charge.

The A Poppy McAllister Mystery series is one that I have been following from the beginning and love the humorous nature of the series. There are those quirky characters in this series that I am always drawn to and the mysteries are fun to follow. This sixth book had tons going on in it that really kept the pages turning playing detective right along with the main character, that is between the chuckling. Glad that my one niggle of the love triangle is on the way out the door too and looking forward to whatever comes next.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

Libby Klein graduated Lower Cape May Regional High School in the ’80s. Her classes revolved mostly around the culinary sciences and theater, with the occasional nap in Chemistry. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her naughty cat Figaro off her keyboard. Libby was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that prevents her from eating gluten without exploding. Because of her love for cake, she now creates gluten free goodies from her professional kitchen and includes the recipes in her Poppy McAllister series. Most of her hobbies revolve around eating, and travel, and eating while traveling. She insists she can find her way to any coffee shop anywhere in the world, even while blindfolded. Follow all of her nonsense at

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