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Title: Three Shots to the Wind
Author: Sherry Harris
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Page Count: 274
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Chloe’s Windy City ex-fiancé gets blown away in the Florida panhandle . . .
DEAD EXES TELL NO TALES
Saloon owner Chloe Jackson appears to have a secret admirer. She’s pouring drinks at the Sea Glass Saloon in Emerald Cove when an airplane flies by above the beach with a banner reading I LOVE YOU CHLOE JACKSON. She immediately rules out Rip Barnett. They are in the early stages of dating and no one has said the L word. Then a bouquet of lilacs—her favorite flower—is delivered to the bar, followed by an expensive bottle of her favorite sparkling wine. It couldn’t be . . .
Sure enough, her ex-fiancé from Chicago has flown down to Florida for an accountants’ convention. But is he trying to mix business with pleasure and win her back? Unfortunately he’s not in a hotel conference room, he’s floating facedown in the lake next to her house, clutching a photo of Chloe. Who murders an accountant on a business trip—it just doesn’t add up. When Rip becomes the prime suspect, Chloe is determined to find the secret murderer. But if she isn’t careful, it may be closing time and lights out for her . . .
Three Shots to the Wind by Sherry Harris is the third book in the 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 as a standalone if choosing to do so. There is 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 librarian 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 wasn’t sure of staying on but a promise is a promise.
Now Chloe is settling into her life in Emerald Cove and working with Vivi while being part owner in the Sea Glass Saloon when someone starts sending her gifts and a banner attach to a plane passes by declaring love for Chloe. Chloe has no clue who the secret admirer is but is sure it’s not the man she’s dating. The mystery of the secret admirer is solved when Chloe’s ex-fiance is found murdered and it appears he had been trying to win her back so the question Chloe now wants to know is why someone then wanted him dead.
I have been following the Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery series from the beginning and have found I quite enjoy my time with the series. This one is not the over the top quirky that I’m usually drawn to but there are still some laughs and I do like the characters. It also helps that this series is set in a little beach town which I always enjoy too and of course there’s the fun mystery to solve so I will definitely keep returning to the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Sherry Harris is the Agatha Award nominated author of the Sarah Winston Garage Sale mystery series and the Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon mystery series set in the panhandle of Florida. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime and a member of Mystery Writers of America. Sherry loves books, beaches, bars, garage sales, and Westies — not necessarily in that order. Sherry is also a patent holding inventor.