Monday, March 16, 2020

Book Review: Death of a Blueberry Tart by Lee Hollis

Death of a Blueberry Tart by Lee Hollis is a book filled with humor, mystery, as well as quite a few yummy blueberry recipes. I may or may not have screenshotted a few of the recipes I want to remember to try out later, especially the cocktails. 

But anyway, back to the book review. 

When I requested this book from Netgalley, it’s because I was interested in the story. What I didn’t realize was that it was the 12th book in a series.

Oh no!

I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to follow along very well since I haven’t read the first 11 books.  Not to worry. Although the book is a part of a larger series, I was able to catch up very quickly. I liked the main character Hayley right away because she was very level headed and relatable.

At the beginning of the story, she is so excited to have just married her new husband Bruce and they’re both thrilled that their honeymoon is quickly approaching. 

But it just goes to show that you shouldn’t count your chickens before they hatch, because their newlywed bliss is soon interrupted by the arrival of Hayley’s mom. She comes to down indefinitely and immediately gets wrapped up in some drama. 

Drama is actually an understatement, because Hayley’s Mom is soon accused of murder. 

Even though her Mom is driving her crazy with all of her comments about Hayley and Bruce’s life together, she knows that she has to stick up for her Mom and prove her innocence. Sure, Sheila was not a huge fan of Cassie Lemon-Hogg, but just because the two didn’t get along in high school doesn’t mean that Sheila would kill her. 

Does it? 

Hayley has her hands full with dealing with her mother, her new husband, and trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late.  This is a mystery that really kept me guessing the entire time. There were back stories to the suspects that I didn’t expect and I found myself not wanting to make any guesses before the very end. 

This seems like a really cute series that I would like to read more of in the future. Hayley is the Island Times food and cocktails columnist and there are quite a few columns and recipes scattered throughout the story. 

I would recommend this mystery if you’re interested in solving crimes and tasty foods.  Not to mention that Hayley’s Mom cracked me up throughout the book. There’s a lot of humor involved in this story as well.

Until next time,
Marian

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