Southern Discomfort: A Southern B&B Mystery by Caroline Fardig
About the Book
Cozy Mystery 1s in Series
Alibi (March 6, 2018)
Southern hospitality meets deadly deception in the start of a charming new mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of the Java Jive novels.Quinn Bellandini loves her life in Savannah, Georgia, where she runs her grandfather’s B&B with her sister, Delilah. From baking fresh scones and serving up grits every morning to ensuring the guests see the best of their historic city, Quinn can’t imagine doing anything else—even if it means dealing with nuisances like the occasional malfunctioning commode. But when Quinn drops by the local restaurant owned by her friend Drew Green, and stumbles upon a murder, her whole world comes crashing down.Drew’s brother was always a little surly, but Quinn can’t imagine that someone disliked the prickly chef enough to kill him. The police, on the other hand, don’t believe that Quinn was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Before her guests can even digest the next morning’s gourmet breakfast, Quinn learns that she and Drew are suspects.Drew thinks they should do some investigating of their own. Quinn is pretty sure she’s better suited to playing hostess than amateur sleuth. But with Delilah as her cynical sidekick, Quinn starts looking for the real killer—before she gets put away faster than you can say “sugar.”
I am always excited to dive into a new cozy series. I anticipate meeting new "friends" and discovering new situations and activities. In Southern Discomfort, we meet a family who own a small town B&B, supported mainly by the seasonal tourist trade. The grandfather oversees everything while his two granddaughters take care of the day to day dealing with guests and housework. There may or may not also be a ghost keeping an eye on the house and family.
Quinn is the most outgoing of the girls, but her sister has her back when necessary. Except when Delilah tries to push Quinn towards a neighbor in a more social way than Quinn is comfortable with. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters.
Quinn is friends with a local restaurant owner, Drew. Initially I liked him but my feelings changed the more I got to know him. She is going above and beyond to help him beat a murder charge and he isn't as appreciative or reciprocal as you'd expect. Regardless, she keeps investigating due to fear that she will end up arrested also for one reason or another.
Besides the obvious mystery of discovering who murdered the abrasive and oft disliked Jason, Drew's brother, there are questions about what really happened back in high school. And then there is the question of if ghosts are really hanging around town, particularly at the B&B. That added another layer to the story. I am curious how it will be developed as the series progresses.
I appreciated the diversity of suspects and motives as we got to know more about Quinn and Delilah as well as learning how their thinking patterns worked on chasing clues while staying safe. You learn alot about people from their behavior choices.
About the Author
CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series.
Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the "Best Books of 2015" by Suspense Magazine.
She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up.
Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.
Social MediaWebsite: www.carolinefardig.com
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