Friday, November 16, 2018

A Vintage Death - A Review & Giveaway


A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen Hughes
The Second Keepsake Cove Mystery

Callie Reed is delighted to meet Lyssa Hammond, the popular author of supernatural stories giving a book signing as part of Keepsake Cove's fall festivities.The two become fast friends, and become even closer when the overbearing B&B owner is murdered. Lyssa persuades Callie to work together to prove that the victim's estranged wife, Callie's friend Dorothy, is innocent. As evidence mounts against Dorothy and several people start badmouthing her, that task gets progressively more difficult. But, more than one person has motive to see the innkeeper dead, and several people are harbouring secrets...including Lyssa. With hints from her grandpa's music box Callie will risk her own safety to see that justice prevails. 

This second Keepsake Cove mystery begs the question, how well do you really know people? Could someone you like really be a murderer? Can someone truly start over? Does everyone have a secret?

I was pleased to return to this small Maryland town. I love shopping for collectibles so a town devoted to them is just my cup of tea. The variety of stores is as appealing as the various characters who reside there. Tabitha's costumes bring a unique bit of playfulness to the House Of Melody while the Jekyll and Hyde aspects of both proprietors of The Collectable Cook raise suspicion and a wish to not need their goods. My favorite new character has to be Lyssa Hammond. The author brilliantly plays up the unique aspects of writers into this fun character. I especially love how the music box chimes in to let Callie know she's on the right track. I could have used it myself as I was certain I knew the murderer, only to find I was wrong, although my theory had nuggets of truth.

A VINTAGE DEATH is an entertaining mystery with an engaging cast of characters and a hint of the otherworldly.


A Vintage Death (A Keepsake Cove Mystery) by Mary Ellen Hughes

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series  
Midnight Ink (November 8, 2018)  
Paperback: 264 pages 
As the new music box store owner and resident of Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. She volunteers to plan the Fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who's come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed by a pair of vintage scissors.
Suspicion is cast on the victim's estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove's vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep quiet.

About the Author


Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. Visit her at  

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