Sunday, September 15, 2019

A Curio Killing - A Review & Giveaway


A CURIO KILLING by Mary Ellen Hughes
The Third Keepsake Cove Mystery

Spring is blossoming and Keepsake Cove is celebrating with its Spring Festival. After inheriting her aunt's music box shop, Callie Reed is looking forward to her first festival and while she won't have a booth at the event is anticipating big crowds checking out House of Melody. She's thrown for a loop when she hears a too familiar baritone voice in her shop. It turns out her ex-boyfriend Hank's new band is headlining the festival. The festival however, ends abruptly after the first night when the band's manager is found murdered and Hank is arrested. Hank may be many things, but Callie is certain he's no killer. With the police certain they have their man, Callie is determined to find the real murderer. It turns out that several people in town knew the manager, and none of them had good memories. Could the murderer be Lyssa's new landscaper, Delia's house guest with the hot temper, or Krystal the current small business association's president? Or could Hank be the killer after all?

How far would you go to help an ex? Callie has to walk a thin line as she doesn't want to encourage Hank to think there's a possibility of renewing their relationship and she doesn't want to upset Brian and ruin their burgeoning romance, yet, believing he couldn't be culpable and knowing he has no one else, Callie feels duty bound to help. And help she does, keeping Brian appraised of her actions as well as her reasoning and having Lyssa in the loop helping out.

The third Keepsake Cove Mystery had my brain engaged and kept me engrossed in the mystery. There are lots of interesting threads promoting several possible motives introduced to muddy up the investigation. The final confrontation had my heart pounding as I fought along with Callie.

A CURIO KILLING is a well plotted mystery filled with interesting characters. I enjoyed my time in Keepsake Cove and look forward to returning.


A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery) by Mary Ellen Hughes

About A Curio Killing

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series  
Setting - Maryland  
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2019)  
Paperback: 264 pages 
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.

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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