A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes
Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series
Setting - Maryland
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2019)
Paperback: 264 pages
Digital ASIN: B07KMX5QY4
Callie finds treble in Keepsake Cove when her ex-boyfriend is framed for murder . . .Callie Reed is looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival. But her excitement dims considerably when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hank, will be performing with one of the hired country-western bands. Callie vows to keep her distance, but that changes when the band's manager, Bobby Linville, is found dead, killed with the music box Hank bought at Callie's shop.Hank is soon singing a sad tune in a detention center with Callie his only lifeline. Though thoroughly aware of his many faults, she knows violence and murder aren't in his blood. But that means one of her fellow Keepsake Cove residents must be hiding a dark secret—something Callie desperately needs to uncover.
Callie has been in Keepsake Cove nearly a year and has become an active part of the shopkeepers community. Festivals are an important part of drawing tourists to town, hopefully attracting visitors to spend money in the regular shops as well. Callie's shop focuses on music boxes.
Unexpectedly, this most recent festival also brings Callie's EX to town and tragedy too. Hank, the EX ends up in jail suspected of murder. Being the only person he knows locally, Callie feels soft-hearted and some obligation for helping find a true killer before Hank is falsely convicted and before Callie has to take off to help her own mother. Lots of unexpected connections lead to varied motives and more suspects, if only the police wee looking for them.
The characters are wonderful. I liked the deep digging and past associations that came to the surface as the connections were revealed. It has an underlying sad story, but makes for an intriguing cozy mystery.
About Mary Ellen Hughes
Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries, the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. The Keepsake Cove series begins with A Fatal Collection and continues with A VINTAGE DEATH and A CURIO KILLING.
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