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Title: A Big Fat Greek Murder
Author: Kate Collins
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: December 1, 2020
Page Count: 338
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Single mom Athena Spencer is back in Michigan working at her family’s garden center, raising a pet racoon, and digging up clues in the smart new mystery series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mysteries . . .
The entire family has been put to work when a big fat Greek wedding rehearsal is booked at the Parthenon. All hands are needed for rolling grape leaves, layering moussaka, and keeping the bride calm. But then the groom goes MIA and there’s far more to worry about then just whether Yiayia’s lemon rice soup has gone cold.
No matter how tangy the tzatziki, everyone’s appetite is ruined when the groom is found dead, a pair of scissors planted in his back. When the bride accuses Athena’s sister Selene, a hairstylist, of seducing and stabbing her fiancé, it’s all-out war—and it’s up to Athena to dig up the dirt on the suspects and nip these suspicions in the bud . . .
A Big Fat Greek Murder by Kate Collins is the second book in the cozy A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series the mystery inside this first book will be fully solved within the book so it could be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. However, there is character development that carries over from book to book for those following from the beginning.
The Goddess of Greene St. Mystery series introduced readers to Athena Spencer who after going through a divorce decided to move back to Sequoia, Michigan with her family. Athena wanted a fresh start with her son and thought there was nothing better than to return to her large Greek family and begin helping in their garden center.
This time around Athena and her family are hosting a wedding party and the rehearsal dinner when the groom fails to show up. A couple of groomsman go to find him only to find him lying in a pool of blood. Athena really didn’t think she would again be hunting a murderer but when her sister becomes suspect number one Athena vows to find out just what happened.
I’ve now read the first two books of the A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery series and have enjoyed it thus far. The characters are fun and there’s even a cute little raccoon sometimes in the story. The part I’m a little unsure about though is the main character being a single mother and hardly ever being with her son, it seems a little strange to have him barely pop up but of course she is sleuthing and I do enjoy the mystery so three and a half stars for this second book of the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Kate Collins is the author of the best-selling Flower Shop Mystery series. Her books have made the New York Times Bestseller list, the Barnes & Noble mass market mystery best-sellers’ lists, the Independent Booksellers’ best-seller’s lists, as well as booksellers’ lists in the U.K. and Australia. All Flower Shop Mysteries are available in paperback, hardback and large print editions. The first three books in the FSM series are now available on audiobook.
In January of 2016, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel aired the first Flower Shop Mystery series movie, MUM’S THE WORD, followed by SLAY IT WITH FLOWERS and DEARLY DEPOTTED later that year. The movies star Brooke Shields, Brennan Elliott, Beau Bridges and Kate Drummond.
In December of 2017, a Christmas novella featuring the whole cast from the Flower Shop Mystery series was released in e-book format. MISSING UNDER THE MISTLETOE is the first mystery to be released digitally, with plans for many more stories to come.
Kate started her career writing children’s stories for magazines and eventually published historical romantic suspense novels under the pen name Linda Eberhardt and Linda O’brien.