A Vintage Death (Keepsake Cove Mystery, #2)
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.

A Vintage Death (Keepsake Cove Mystery, #2) Details

TitleA Vintage Death (Keepsake Cove Mystery, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 8th, 2018
PublisherMidnight Ink
ISBN-139780738752273
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Contemporary

A Vintage Death (Keepsake Cove Mystery, #2) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes is the second book of the cozy Keepsake Cove Mystery series. Each book in the series is centered around it’s own mystery so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so however there is some character building carried over story to story.In the first book of the series Callie Reed had gone to visit her aunt Melodie in Keepsake Cove where her aunt owned a collectable music box store. However shortly after arriving Callie found her aunt murdered and wi A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes is the second book of the cozy Keepsake Cove Mystery series. Each book in the series is centered around it’s own mystery so they can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so however there is some character building carried over story to story.In the first book of the series Callie Reed had gone to visit her aunt Melodie in Keepsake Cove where her aunt owned a collectable music box store. However shortly after arriving Callie found her aunt murdered and with faint hints of help from a favorite music box Callie had to find a murderer.Now Callie is settling into Keepsake Cove and running the shop she inherited from her aunt and settling into the community. Callie has planned to volunteer for the fall decorations and welcoming a visiting author but celebrations are halted when another dead body is found in the small community.When reading the first book of this series Keepsake Cove quickly became one of those charming little places that I wished I could visit with all of it’s specialty shops and cozy cottages so the setting alone is enough to return to book two. But this series also holds likable characters and good mysteries to go along with the wonderful setting too. There’s only a touch of paranormal to the book with the mysterious music box but it’s just enough to give the story an extra touch of uniqueness. Will be looking forward to seeing what Callie and friends have in store in the next installment.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • LORI CASWELL
    January 1, 1970
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsI am so happy to return to Keepsake Cove and just in time for a big event too. Callie is starting to feel at home and is getting involved. She has volunteered to head up the committee decorating the town for Fall and helping with a big book signing for author Lyssa Hammond. Lyssa and Callie become fast friends after Callie delivers a welcome basket to the B&B where the author is staying. She also meets the owner of the B&B, Clifford Ashby. He is a strange individual wh Dollycas’s ThoughtsI am so happy to return to Keepsake Cove and just in time for a big event too. Callie is starting to feel at home and is getting involved. She has volunteered to head up the committee decorating the town for Fall and helping with a big book signing for author Lyssa Hammond. Lyssa and Callie become fast friends after Callie delivers a welcome basket to the B&B where the author is staying. She also meets the owner of the B&B, Clifford Ashby. He is a strange individual who makes both Callie and Lyssa uncomfortable so Lyssa is happy to spend time away from the place with Callie. They can both understand why he and his wife, Dorothy, are living apart.But when the creepy man is found dead the focus turns directly to his wife. She owns the vintage sewing shop and the murder weapon was a pair of vintage sheers. Callie knows Dorothy couldn’t kill anyone and decides to prove it. Lyssa is by her side as they start to uncover secrets that may have sealed Clifford’s fate. When another person is killed, the choice of weapon connects the cases and also proves even more clearly Dorothy is not the murderer. Now they just need to find the real killer and get them to sing a melody that lands them in the slammer.Keepsake Cove is my kind of place, a collector shopper’s dream come true. Ms. Hughes brings the place to life with her words. All the unique shops, the town square, the music boxes that fill the shelves of Callie’s shop and more. The set up for the author signing was fun and Halloween themed right down to the author’s arrival. I loved it!The characters were already well developed in the first book, A Fatal Collection, but they continue to grow and evolve through this story. I really like Tabitha, Callie’s assistant at the shop. Each day is a surprise because the way she dresses always has a theme. She and Callie work so well together, but the woman is more than capable at running the place while Callie is off solving crimes. I also enjoy that her new relationship with cafe owner Brian Greer is moving at a slow comfortable pace. There is also a special character that is quiet most of the time, a little supernatural element, a beloved music box that only plays to help Callie stay on track.Secrets are the keys to this mystery and the author draws readers in with an expert hand. She opens the door to a much longer suspect list than I had imagined and she twists things up in a way that I was just following along without doing my normal thing of trying to solve the mystery before the protagonist. The ending was suspenseful and surprised me. I really enjoyed the way this story was written and played out. I would have finished the book all in one sitting but my eyes just would not cooperate.Another wonderful read from this author for this series. I truly can’t wait for the next installment, my fingers and toes are crossed hoping for another visit to Keepsake Cove.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Keepsake Cove is a wonderful town to live in and to visit. There are charming shops to explore, and great places to eat. The protagonist inherited her aunt’s music box shop in which her grampa was the original collector. I enjoy the author’s descriptions of the music boxes and the tunes they play. Featuring some wonderful secondary characters like her shop assistant who likes to dress as ‘famous characters’, and a great new author friend, Lyssa, who has a bubbly personality, plus the male romant Keepsake Cove is a wonderful town to live in and to visit. There are charming shops to explore, and great places to eat. The protagonist inherited her aunt’s music box shop in which her grampa was the original collector. I enjoy the author’s descriptions of the music boxes and the tunes they play. Featuring some wonderful secondary characters like her shop assistant who likes to dress as ‘famous characters’, and a great new author friend, Lyssa, who has a bubbly personality, plus the male romantic interest who owns a restaurant across the street—the story is fast to pull you in and hold your interest for hours. The murder mystery is captivating and readers may be surprised at the villain. I enjoyed book two slightly more than I did book one and definitely recommend both books to cozy mystery fans.
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  • Lisa Ks Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve just had another wonderful visit to Keepsake Cove and I’m already looking forward to my next trip! A VINTAGE DEATH was a book impossible to put down. I know I often say that about books I read (What can I say? I’m addicted to reading!), but it’s never been truer. Author Mary Ellen Hughes has upped her game in this second installment of her Keepsake Cove Mysteries. I wouldn’t have thought she could have topped book one, A FATAL COLLECTION, but I really should have known better. I love a stor I’ve just had another wonderful visit to Keepsake Cove and I’m already looking forward to my next trip! A VINTAGE DEATH was a book impossible to put down. I know I often say that about books I read (What can I say? I’m addicted to reading!), but it’s never been truer. Author Mary Ellen Hughes has upped her game in this second installment of her Keepsake Cove Mysteries. I wouldn’t have thought she could have topped book one, A FATAL COLLECTION, but I really should have known better. I love a story where I can spend some time with the characters before the mystery begins. It’s a great chance to get to know more about the people involved. In A VINTAGE DEATH, there are a few chapters before the discovery of the body, and I was able to learn a bit about Keepsake Cove, and its merchants. Now, on to the mystery . . . There are not one, but two murders in this story, with each victim being killed by a unique choice of weapon, vintage sewing scissors. It was very intriguing searching for the who and why of it all. Like knotted thread, unraveling the true truth wasn’t an easy task. But author Hughes expertly ties everything together in a reveal that had me riveted to my seat. Cozy mystery at its finest, I give A VINTAGE DEATH 5 out of 5 stars. Heck, I give it 10 out of 5 stars!
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  • Peggy R
    January 1, 1970
    This was a solid second entry in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series. Callie is settling into her new role as the owner of aunt's music box store. She has made some friendships with the other local shop keeper and there is the start of a nice romance between her and the owner of the cafe across the street. The book has a good steady pace and the mystery is intriguing. Callie must determine if two murders in Keepsake Cove were committed are related while trying to clear her friends name. I like the This was a solid second entry in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series. Callie is settling into her new role as the owner of aunt's music box store. She has made some friendships with the other local shop keeper and there is the start of a nice romance between her and the owner of the cafe across the street. The book has a good steady pace and the mystery is intriguing. Callie must determine if two murders in Keepsake Cove were committed are related while trying to clear her friends name. I like the cast of secondary characters. They are diverse in age, gender and personalities. There is a new character introduced that appears to have the potential to be a regular in future installments. There are some twists thrown into the story to keep the reader distracted and off balance in deciding the identity of the real killer. I wasn't surprised by the reasons for the two deaths and how they played out but I think the author did a nice job of wrapping them up in a climatic fashion.I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Sabine
    January 1, 1970
    In the first installment of this series I fell in love with the village of Keepsake Cove and I was happy to be able to come back for another visit. This little town with its unique small businesses just makes my heart jump in joy. Lyssa Hammond, a well know author, is in town for a book signing . The owner of a B&B where she stays is found dead and the evidence is pointing to Dorothy who owns a vintage sewing shop. Lyssa and Callie don't believe that Dorothy killed her ex-husband and start i In the first installment of this series I fell in love with the village of Keepsake Cove and I was happy to be able to come back for another visit. This little town with its unique small businesses just makes my heart jump in joy. Lyssa Hammond, a well know author, is in town for a book signing . The owner of a B&B where she stays is found dead and the evidence is pointing to Dorothy who owns a vintage sewing shop. Lyssa and Callie don't believe that Dorothy killed her ex-husband and start investigating the murder. I am happy that the paranormal element in this book is almost negligible and doesn't at all interfere with or influence the investigation.I requested this book from NetGalley and am thankful that Midnight Ink and the author provided me with an advance copy.
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  • Kristin Cochran Schadler
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable! Also very timely tie-in with everything going on today. This was very entertaining and kept me guessing throughout. I love Tabitha and her crazy outfits and love the blossoming friendships in this series. Very well written and excited to read more in the series!
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    A Vintage DeathKeepsake Cove Mystery, Book #2Mary Ellen Hughes5 StarsSynopsis: "A satisfying mystery. ... Suggest for fans of other mysteries set in cute tourist areas, such as Lorna Barrett's Booktown mysteries."--Library JournalCallie Reed has put together a special event, but a killer is ripping it apart at the seamsAs the new owner of a music box store in Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her commu A Vintage DeathKeepsake Cove Mystery, Book #2Mary Ellen Hughes5 StarsSynopsis: "A satisfying mystery. ... Suggest for fans of other mysteries set in cute tourist areas, such as Lorna Barrett's Booktown mysteries."--Library JournalCallie Reed has put together a special event, but a killer is ripping it apart at the seamsAs the new owner of a music box store in 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. So 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 with 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.Praise for the Keepsake Cove Mysteries: "Hughes kicks off her new Keepsake Cove series with a charming locale."--Kirkus Reviews Review:The characters are well rounded and well developed. Callie is a smart, caring, loyal woman. When one of her friends is wrongly accused of murder, she does not hesitate to jump in with both feet to find the real culprit. I liked that fact that this time she had the help of a visiting thriller/horror author. That added another level to the mystery solving and I enjoyed that. I really liked finding out what character, Tabitha, Callie shop assistant, was going to be dressed as each day. She is a quirky character and has unusual fashion sense, which was great. And I even felt that Aunt Melody, Callie’s deceased aunt was part of the characters through the magical music box, which I loved. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The descriptive writing of the author pulled me into the story from the very beginning and pulled me along for a great read. The music box store came to life in my mind and I would love to stop by and check it out. The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the book. The were plenty of suspects to consider and clues to sift through and the mystery was not easily solved. I kept changing my mind as to who the killer was.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. With great characters, a whimsical music box store and an intriguing mystery, what’s not to like. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Midnight Ink, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    A Vintage Death is the first book I’ve read in the Keepsake Cove series but it was fairly easy to catch up with who is who and the mood of the community. For its own part, Keepsake Cove is a charming collection of shops with adorable names and intriguing characters with their own set of eccentricities. Would love to vacation there and browse all the delightful shops!The mystery is well-plotted with a couple of intriguing twists that were right up my alley. Callie is a relatable character in her A Vintage Death is the first book I’ve read in the Keepsake Cove series but it was fairly easy to catch up with who is who and the mood of the community. For its own part, Keepsake Cove is a charming collection of shops with adorable names and intriguing characters with their own set of eccentricities. Would love to vacation there and browse all the delightful shops!The mystery is well-plotted with a couple of intriguing twists that were right up my alley. Callie is a relatable character in her own right, and the addition of quirky Lyssa Hammond (visiting author) to the amateur detective mix nicely complemented Callie’s more laidback style. Additionally, the music box angle – specifically the boxes that ‘randomly’ play on their own in key moments, almost as warnings, add a whole other layer of intrigue and curiosity.Bottom Line: A Vintage Death is a charming cozy mystery with great characters and a whodunit with interesting twists. Keepsake Cove is delightful to read about, and Callie & Lyssa make a nice team. After the last sentence, I’m even more eager to read the next book and see what happens next!(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower
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  • Tari
    January 1, 1970
    Ohhh this was so good, and I didn't want it to end! I was wishing I could just hang around a bit longer in Keepsake Cove after the really awesome ending this book had.It was fall in Keepsake Cove, and all the business owners were decorating and getting ready for all the extra business they hoped that author Lyssa Hammond's book event would bring them. When a local B&B owner was found stabbed with a pair of antique scissors, his estranged wife Dorothy was the major person of interest. Callie Ohhh this was so good, and I didn't want it to end! I was wishing I could just hang around a bit longer in Keepsake Cove after the really awesome ending this book had.It was fall in Keepsake Cove, and all the business owners were decorating and getting ready for all the extra business they hoped that author Lyssa Hammond's book event would bring them. When a local B&B owner was found stabbed with a pair of antique scissors, his estranged wife Dorothy was the major person of interest. Callie was determined that her friend wasn't going to go to jail, because she knew Dorothy wouldn't do something like that. Callie and Lyssa had become fast friends and did a lot of sleuthing together, which I thought was awesome, since up till now, Callie hadn't really had a girlfriend close to her age. The showdown was really exciting and the ending was super satisfying. I had read the first book, which I really enjoyed as well, but this could work as a standalone. The main characters are the type that you meet and feel like they're good friends. This book makes me want to go back and read over the first one, just so I can spend more time in Keepsake Cove while waiting for the next book.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes returns readers to Keepsake Cove, Maryland. Callie Reed runs House of Melody, a collectible music box shop that she inherited from her aunt. Callie has volunteered to plan the autumn decorations for the town as well as the book signing event for Lyssa Hammond. She has the able assistance from her friend, Dorothy Ashby who owns Stitches Thru Time. After Lyssa arrives in town, Callie takes a welcome basket to her at the Foxwood Inn which is owned by Clifford As A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes returns readers to Keepsake Cove, Maryland. Callie Reed runs House of Melody, a collectible music box shop that she inherited from her aunt. Callie has volunteered to plan the autumn decorations for the town as well as the book signing event for Lyssa Hammond. She has the able assistance from her friend, Dorothy Ashby who owns Stitches Thru Time. After Lyssa arrives in town, Callie takes a welcome basket to her at the Foxwood Inn which is owned by Clifford Ashby. Clifford is a chatty fellow, but he makes people uncomfortable. On Monday, while the townspeople are decorating their shops with autumn décor, Callie is surprised to hear that Clifford was found dead in the park with a pair of vintage scissors sticking out of his chest. Dorothy, Clifford’s estranged wife, becomes the prime suspect since the scissors came from her shop. Callie knows her friend did not commit the crime and, with the aid of an eager Lyssa, starts searching for clues. Several local townspeople had reason to harm Clifford who had developed a scheme to earn extra money. Which suspect committed the wicked deed? Before Callie and Lyssa can zero in on the killer another body is found in the park and, once again, the weapon is a pair of scissors. Can Callie solve this whodunit and save Dorothy from a life in prison?A Vintage Death is the second tale in A Keepsake Cove Mystery series, but it can be read alone. The author provides Callie’s backstory to bring readers up to date. We get to know more about Keepsake Cove, its adorable shops and its amiable characters. Each shop features a different type of collectible item which I find very unique. Callie has become friends with several of the locals and has begun dating Brian Greer who owns the Keepsake Cove Café. Lyssa was a nice addition to the book, and I hope we see her again in future installments. We get to know more about Callie in this story (good character development). Tabitha, Callie’s shop assistant, is a off-beat character with her unconventional style of dress. She dresses up as a different character each day and her clothing is described in detail. I liked the author’s conversational writing style (what I call easy breezy) which makes the book easy to read and enjoy. The mystery was intriguing with an unusual murder weapon and several suspects. I was not surprised by the killer’s identity, but I appreciated how the mystery played out. The crime is actively investigated by our amateur sleuths. It has a dramatic ending and a twist that will surprise you. Grandpa Reed’s music box is the paranormal element in the story. It will play out at times to aid Callie in her investigation. I am a fan of paranormal, but the music box is not working in this story. We do not know what the music box means when it plays out a tune (too vague). I hope it becomes clearer in future books in this series. A Vintage death a pleasing cozy mystery that with its quaint town, charming shops and friendly characters.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the series about a touristy town that has a lot of specialty shops and our protagonist, Callie, runs a music box shop. It is interesting to read about various types of music boxes and the music that is within the box or other housing. And her aunt seems to haunt a heirloom music box that they keep in the shop. I think it is her aunt's way of looking out for her and warning her when something bad might happen.The mystery kept me guessing about who the killer was and let This is the second book in the series about a touristy town that has a lot of specialty shops and our protagonist, Callie, runs a music box shop. It is interesting to read about various types of music boxes and the music that is within the box or other housing. And her aunt seems to haunt a heirloom music box that they keep in the shop. I think it is her aunt's way of looking out for her and warning her when something bad might happen.The mystery kept me guessing about who the killer was and let me tell you I didn't get it right at all! I was very surprised at how things turned out and perhaps those that died got what they deserved because they were not nice people at all. The author does a great job of weaving in past events into the present that makes different characters seem guilty even if they are not. There is an author that is visiting the town to do a book signing, Lyssa, that has her own secrets too but nothing as bad as others! It looks like Lyssa might become a regular character since she has bought a home close to Keepsake Cove. She is quite quirky and I think she will add some dimension to the books and helps round out a trio of friends which includes Tabitha. Tabitha is another fun characters because she likes to dress as various characters/people and keeps people guessing. I always wonder who she will portray next.On the romance side, Hank is still trying to keep his hooks in Callie despite the fact that she has told him goodbye. At least he doesn't live in town! Her friendship with Brian is developing and I wouldn't be surprised if this turned into a romance down the road. Even if it doesn't, they have a great friendship which needs to be treasured.
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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    In "A Vintage Death", the latest book in the Keepsake Cove series, Hughes delivers another satisfyingly complicated page-turning cozy mystery featuring Callie Reed. As I noted of the first book in the series, Callie's character brings to mind Isabel Dalhousie from Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series--a somewhat introspective amateur detective with a great deal of empathy for her friends and neighbors, and a perceptive way of reading the personalities of those around her as she In "A Vintage Death", the latest book in the Keepsake Cove series, Hughes delivers another satisfyingly complicated page-turning cozy mystery featuring Callie Reed. As I noted of the first book in the series, Callie's character brings to mind Isabel Dalhousie from Alexander McCall Smith's Sunday Philosophy Club series--a somewhat introspective amateur detective with a great deal of empathy for her friends and neighbors, and a perceptive way of reading the personalities of those around her as she sifts through conversations and mannerisms in her efforts to solve a murder. Callie isn't a meddler, but her genuine interest in helping a friend leads in her into an investigation of her own when a murder takes place. Hughes is particularly effective at showing how Callie notices tone of voice, choice of words, facial expressions, and body language as she talks with people and constructs a sort of psychological map of the town in the course of her sleuthing. Hughes introduces a fun new supporting character, thriller writer Lyssa Hammond, who is in town for an author event and ends up helping Callie with her investigation. Overall, a great read with a good balance between a plausibly intricate plot and realistic characters.
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  • Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
    January 1, 1970
    A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes is the second book in the Keepsake Cove mystery series. I adored the first book and was so excited for this one to come out. In this installment, Callie is trying to figure out who wanted a local B&B owner dead – suspicion is on his estranged wife, but Callie knows Dorothy is innocent. She sets out (along with a visiting author, Lyssa) to prove Dorothy is innocent and track down the real killer. A Vintage Death has a great balance of time spent visiting w A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes is the second book in the Keepsake Cove mystery series. I adored the first book and was so excited for this one to come out. In this installment, Callie is trying to figure out who wanted a local B&B owner dead – suspicion is on his estranged wife, but Callie knows Dorothy is innocent. She sets out (along with a visiting author, Lyssa) to prove Dorothy is innocent and track down the real killer. A Vintage Death has a great balance of time spent visiting with the characters we know and love in Keepsake Cove, and sleuthing out the mystery with Callie. I felt that the clues were presented in such a way that I didn’t guess the ending too soon – I love that! This was a 5-star read for me. I’m already looking forward to my next visit to Keepsake Cove.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    As the new owner of the House of Melody, a music box shop in Keepsake Cove, 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 to kick off the fall festivities. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed with a pair of vintage scissors.Suspicion is cast on the victim's estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns the vintage sewing sho As the new owner of the House of Melody, a music box shop in Keepsake Cove, 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 to kick off the fall festivities. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed with a pair of vintage scissors.Suspicion is cast on the victim's estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns the vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author, Lyssa Hammond, agrees. Together, they begin an investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep.--Series: A Keepsake Cove Mystery - Book 2Author: Mary Ellen HughesGenre: Cozy Mystery/BusinessPublisher: Midnight InkA Vintage Death is a wonderful book and a great addition to the Keepsake Cover Mystery series. Ms. Hughes is a highly entertaining writer with a creative streak that is top-notch. Her writing is smooth, well plotted with characters that come to life within the cover of her books. With Midnight Ink closing its doors next year, it is hoped that this series will be picked up by another publisher and allowed to continue.Callie Reed took over her aunt’s music box shop, House of Melody, after her aunt was murdered. It may not have been her first choice for her future, but she is making the best of it and finding that she loves the town and the business. Callie is a hardworking, down-to-earth type of person who finds it odd when she keeps coming across murder victims. Common sense would tell her to stay out of it, but her heart has other ideas. She can’t help herself getting involved with an investigation when one of her friends is the prime suspect.Characters in this series are growing in many ways; they are maturing, becoming more defined and increasingly important. There is no doubt that reader will love the residents of Keepsake Cove. It's very easy to envision the town and the shopkeepers through Ms. Hughes’ words; it's also easy to want to get to know them more and more. A new character that may be recurring pulls readers in and becomes the character they will count on to get Callie involved even when she doesn’t want to be.The killer is hiding in plain sight. Many readers will not know who it is until the unveiling, which the killer manages to do all on their own with no help from Callie. The twist and turns will keep readers turning the page and going through the same mental questioning that Callie finds herself doing.This is the second book in this series, and A Vintage Death provides everything a reader wants in a cozy mystery. There is no foul language, no sexual activity. It is simply a fun, interesting story right up to the last word. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good who-done-it and wants to spend a couple of hours losing themselves in another place.
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  • Katreader
    January 1, 1970
    A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen HughesThe Second Keepsake Cove MysteryCallie 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 A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen HughesThe Second Keepsake Cove MysteryCallie 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.FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second installment in the Keepsake Cove series. Callie is settling into life after her Aunt Mel's passing. She has made a new friend in visiting author Lyssa Hammond. She is staying at the local B&B owned by Clifford Asby. He and his wife, Dorothy, have been separated for some years and she owns a vintage sewing shop. When Asby is found dead, apparently stabbed with a pair of antique sewing shears, Dorothy becomes the chief suspect. A second murder occurs shortly thereafter with This is the second installment in the Keepsake Cove series. Callie is settling into life after her Aunt Mel's passing. She has made a new friend in visiting author Lyssa Hammond. She is staying at the local B&B owned by Clifford Asby. He and his wife, Dorothy, have been separated for some years and she owns a vintage sewing shop. When Asby is found dead, apparently stabbed with a pair of antique sewing shears, Dorothy becomes the chief suspect. A second murder occurs shortly thereafter with a similar object, motivating Callie and Lyssa to clear Dorothy's name and find the real killer.I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. It had all the classic elements that I like: a small town, close-knit friendships, a budding romance between Callie and café owner Brian. The pacing was just right. There were interesting plot twists, old secrets, and a very surprising ending. Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary advance review copy of this book. My review is voluntary.
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  • Cthulhu Down My Chimney 2Night
    January 1, 1970
    Review of A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen Hughes(Keepsake Cove Mystery #2)Even in a delightful and scenic location like Keepsake Cove, Maryland, human greed, cupidity, and anger still flourish. Keepsake Cove is a special tiny community where the shopkeepers promote gifts and collectibles, and in theory collaborate to make their community a winning draw for tourism, civility, and positive values. This holds true for most of the merchants and residents, but some don't see it that way. Callie Reed, w Review of A VINTAGE DEATH by Mary Ellen Hughes(Keepsake Cove Mystery #2)Even in a delightful and scenic location like Keepsake Cove, Maryland, human greed, cupidity, and anger still flourish. Keepsake Cove is a special tiny community where the shopkeepers promote gifts and collectibles, and in theory collaborate to make their community a winning draw for tourism, civility, and positive values. This holds true for most of the merchants and residents, but some don't see it that way. Callie Reed, who recently inherited her aunt Melodie's collectible music box shop and cottage (and also solved her aunt's death) desires to be a valid addition to the community, and sets up a book-signing event for the Halloween season. All is good, until a neighboring merchant's estranged husband is killed and the merchant herself is the Prime Suspect. Callie's not going to stand back and let her friend Dorothy's reputation be trashed..or worse. Then incidents of arson commence, and it's clear somebody doesn't want the book event to occur.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes book 2 in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series, and I loved it. Callie Reed owns the Keepsake Cove music box store, which she inherited. Working hard to fit in with the community, Callie volunteers to plan the street fall decorations. Unfortunately when someone turns up dead, and her friend Dorothy, who owns the Vintage Sewing shop, scissors are found in the victim, Callie is determined to find the real killer. Callie teams up with a visiting author to solve the A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes book 2 in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series, and I loved it. Callie Reed owns the Keepsake Cove music box store, which she inherited. Working hard to fit in with the community, Callie volunteers to plan the street fall decorations. Unfortunately when someone turns up dead, and her friend Dorothy, who owns the Vintage Sewing shop, scissors are found in the victim, Callie is determined to find the real killer. Callie teams up with a visiting author to solve the case. I really enjoy this series, I am not into music boxes or sewing, but it doesn't really matter, the characters and plot is well developed. I strongly recommend this book for all cozy mystery lovers like me. I was given a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Keepsake Cove is a neighborhood full of quaint shops that cater to different types of collectors--hell, in other words. When the obnoxious owner of a local bed and breakfast is found murdered in the town park, his estranged wife--who owns a sewing collectible shop--is the main suspect. Callie, who has newly inherited the music box shop after solving her aunt's murder, is sure that the wife is not guilty, but the murder weapon belonged to her. Together with Lyssa, the guest of honor at the Fall F Keepsake Cove is a neighborhood full of quaint shops that cater to different types of collectors--hell, in other words. When the obnoxious owner of a local bed and breakfast is found murdered in the town park, his estranged wife--who owns a sewing collectible shop--is the main suspect. Callie, who has newly inherited the music box shop after solving her aunt's murder, is sure that the wife is not guilty, but the murder weapon belonged to her. Together with Lyssa, the guest of honor at the Fall Festival for her spooky books, who is staying at the b&b, Callie tries to find the real killer. Despite the reasonably adult themes, this somehow read to me more like a y.a. book in style.
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  • Sheryl
    January 1, 1970
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    This book seems to have everything I would enjoy. An October Festival full of hanging skeletons and ghosts and a book signing and reading by an author who writes paranormal stories. A quaint collector’s village with every type of collectible shop you can imagine…vintage music boxes, a vintage sewing shop, vintage cookware, a store called “Shake it Up” filled with vintage salt and pepper shakers, a bookstore; even a vintage Bed & Breakfast. The shop names were all so clever it made me want to This book seems to have everything I would enjoy. An October Festival full of hanging skeletons and ghosts and a book signing and reading by an author who writes paranormal stories. A quaint collector’s village with every type of collectible shop you can imagine…vintage music boxes, a vintage sewing shop, vintage cookware, a store called “Shake it Up” filled with vintage salt and pepper shakers, a bookstore; even a vintage Bed & Breakfast. The shop names were all so clever it made me want to take a trip there myself. Except I might not want to come upon dead bodies as people seem to be doing in Keepsake Cove. Callie, the owner of House of Melody music boxes (see what I mean? Makes you want to go look doesn’t it?), needs to help her friend Dorothy who owns Stitches Thru Time. The dead body was stabbed with a pair of vintage scissors, no less. The reason I mentioned I wanted to visit Keepsake Cove has to do with the way Mary Ellen Hughes laid out the scene description. I even wanted to live in Callie’s cottage. Hughes did just as well with the leading or main characters. This is just a fun read you want to curl up and sit down for the day with. It didn’t take me much longer than that to read because I didn’t want to put it down. It’s sweet and entertaining. This is Book 2 in a series titled “A Keepsake Cove Mystery”. There is no question this book couldn’t stand alone as a good read. However, Mary Ellen Hughes has two or three series and there isn’t a one of them without good reviews. Better check them out everything out.***This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are definitely my own.
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  • Jessica Robbins
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.What an adorable new installment to this great cozy mystery series! We catch up with Keepsake cove and all of its shops full of collectibles. Callie's music box shop is doing good and with the upcoming festival she is getting excited. There is even an author for a book event which was a nice tidbit to work on that made me smile. If course a murder (or two) has to attempt to ruin the day and when a friend *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.What an adorable new installment to this great cozy mystery series! We catch up with Keepsake cove and all of its shops full of collectibles. Callie's music box shop is doing good and with the upcoming festival she is getting excited. There is even an author for a book event which was a nice tidbit to work on that made me smile. If course a murder (or two) has to attempt to ruin the day and when a friend ends up the main suspect Sallie starts asking around with a little help. The mix of town life, the shops, and murder flows smoothly making for an enjoyable story with a touch of charm. Great for fans of cozies. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.
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  • Stanley McShane
    January 1, 1970
    Callie Reed is trying to get involved in her small Maryland's Eastern Shore community where she recently inherited the House of Melody, a music box shop, and the little cottage behind the shop. The Keepsake Cove Merchant's Association has accepted her offer to plan and coordinate a special book signing, along with festive fall decorations to help draw in happy shoppers.It is a quaint town center full of collectible shops, including Stitches Thru Time, a vintage sewing shop owned by Dorothy Ashby Callie Reed is trying to get involved in her small Maryland's Eastern Shore community where she recently inherited the House of Melody, a music box shop, and the little cottage behind the shop. The Keepsake Cove Merchant's Association has accepted her offer to plan and coordinate a special book signing, along with festive fall decorations to help draw in happy shoppers.It is a quaint town center full of collectible shops, including Stitches Thru Time, a vintage sewing shop owned by Dorothy Ashby. Brian of Keepsake Cove Cafe is being groomed as a possible love interest. The visiting author, Lyssa Hammond, is an absolute delight and my favorite character of the book, being so well developed you wanted to meet her personally, as well as Tabitha, Callie's shop assistant, her right-hand person, and character in constant disguise. Shortly after Lyssa arrives, however, the owner of the B&B where she is staying is found murdered in an adjacent downtown park. The victim is the estranged husband to Dorothy and appears to have died from being stabbed with a pair of vintage scissors--hers. Although this is the second in the series, the narrative has no problem as a standalone. These characters are strong and unique. The well-plotted storyline engages the reader with red herrings and plot twists. I particularly loved the build-up to the book signing and the author's unusual entrance. Unfortunately, there is a discovery the following morning of a second murder, much in the same vicinity and in the same manner.There is a supernatural or paranormal element to the narrative in a particular music box. Ms. Hughes will have you suspecting a few support characters as well as townsfolk, but the conclusion settles all, even with a couple surprises. I was given this ebook download by the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review. Recommended for all who enjoy a cozy mystery, women sleuths, and small-town drama. See my full review at https://rosepointpublishing.com/2018/...
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 2nd book in the wonderful mystery series "Keepsake Cove". I have read the first in series and highly recommend the series. This book can be read as a stand alone for new readers. Do yourself a favor and read the first in series as it is a most enjoyable mystery to start off the series. This is a utterly charming cozy series. I received a ARC for review . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley . My review opinions are my own. In this next in series we return to Callie Reed in Ke This is the 2nd book in the wonderful mystery series "Keepsake Cove". I have read the first in series and highly recommend the series. This book can be read as a stand alone for new readers. Do yourself a favor and read the first in series as it is a most enjoyable mystery to start off the series. This is a utterly charming cozy series. I received a ARC for review . Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley . My review opinions are my own. In this next in series we return to Callie Reed in Keepsake Cove. Callie is a likable protagonist to this series and very approachable to the reader. Callie is very intuitive and reads people very well. These traits help her as a detective . She also like to help people and is drawn to help where she can. Callie Reed runs House of Melody, a collectible music box shop that she inherited from her aunt. The descriptions of the shop by the author are very charming. I adore how the author describes so vividly the music boxes and the music. They are of a time gone by and many readers like me had music boxes as part of our childhood. Callie has volunteered to plan the autumn decorations for the town as well as manage a book signing event for author Lyssa Hammond. Callie takes a welcome basket to her at the Foxwood Inn which is owned by Clifford Ashby. Clifford is not popular and he makes many people uncomfortable. Callie is surprised to hear that Clifford was found dead in the park by stabbing with scissors . Soon the owner of the vintage sewing shop is determined to be the murderer. Callie knows her and feels she is innocent and is out to find the real suspect with help from her friends. Many clues and twist and turns to the plot wind to a satisfying conclusion. I loved this next in series and look forward to the next book . The author has given her readers a gift with her exquisite details of the shop and the music boxes. The sleuth was excellent and I enjoy the supporting charcters of this very charming cozy series.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Callie Reed is just getting used to being the owner of her late aunt' shop which sells music boxes. Her shop is in an area filled with other shops selling collectibles. She wants to get involved in the community and volunteers to plan the fall decorations and organize an event for a visiting author. Author Lyssa Hammond is staying at the local B & B while her home is being remodeled. The whole event is almost derailed when the owner of the B&B, and the estranged husband of one of Callie' Callie Reed is just getting used to being the owner of her late aunt' shop which sells music boxes. Her shop is in an area filled with other shops selling collectibles. She wants to get involved in the community and volunteers to plan the fall decorations and organize an event for a visiting author. Author Lyssa Hammond is staying at the local B & B while her home is being remodeled. The whole event is almost derailed when the owner of the B&B, and the estranged husband of one of Callie's fellow shop owners, is found stabbed in the park with a pair of antique scissors from his wife Dorothy's Stitches Thru Time shop. Dorothy immediately falls under suspicion despite the alibi given by her cousin Jane and Callie and Lyssa begin to investigate. They learn all sorts of secrets about Callie's fellow shopkeepers and they quickly learn that Dorothy's estranged husband Cliff was quite a shady character. Someone doesn't like that Callie and Lyssa are getting close and begins trying to sabotage Lyssa's book signing by cancelling the order for the books that will be sold and setting the decorative hayrack at the venue on fire. When another store owner is found stabbed to death in the same park as Cliff after arguing with Dorothy and trying to trash her reputation, things don't look good for Dorothy and the challenge is even bigger for Callie and Lyssa.This was a fun cozy. While I have my doubts that shops as specialized as those in Keepsake Cove would be economically viable, I liked the concept of a group of specialty shops that are a tourist destination. I can see the possibility for lots of stories there. Callie was also an interesting character. I liked the paranormal twist of the music box that might be giving Callie clues and encouragement.
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    Callie Reed owns a music box shop in Keepsake Cove, a quaint town on the coast of Maryland. She becomes involved in a murder investigation when a body is found with stab marks from a pair of antique scissors. The scissors came from a vintage sewing shop nearby and the shop owner is under suspicion. Callie decides to investigate to find out what happened.A Vintage Death is the second book in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series. I have not read the first book (although I now want to!) but picked up o Callie Reed owns a music box shop in Keepsake Cove, a quaint town on the coast of Maryland. She becomes involved in a murder investigation when a body is found with stab marks from a pair of antique scissors. The scissors came from a vintage sewing shop nearby and the shop owner is under suspicion. Callie decides to investigate to find out what happened.A Vintage Death is the second book in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series. I have not read the first book (although I now want to!) but picked up on the characters and back story within a few chapters. This book was enjoyable as a standalone read.I absolutely loved the quaint Keepsake Cove setting with the cute little shops and the description of Callie's small cottage home. I am a vintage seller and was delighted with the details of vintage items in the shops. I especially enjoyed reading about the vintage music boxes in Callie's shop.Callie was helped in her investigation by a new friend, Lyssa, a mystery author who came to town for a book reading and signing event. I enjoyed their detecting adventures. I especially liked the mysterious inn that played a part in the story -- complete with secret passageways and rooms!The mystery had a lot of characters - and potential suspects. I am an avid mystery reader but did not solve this one before Callie did! I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot.I recommend A Vintage Death for cozy readers and especially for anyone who enjoys small town settings and vintage details. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    With the annual fall festival quickly approaching and Callie Reed, the new owner of House of Melody in quaint Keepsake Cover, Maryland, feeling a need to pay back her community for her warm welcome, she agrees to help where she can and to make the arrival of popular author and guest for the book signing, Lyssa Hammond, comfortable during her visit.Staying at the Foxwood Inn while her home is being renovated, Lyssa learns more about the area, and owner Clifford Ashby, then she would like. Especia With the annual fall festival quickly approaching and Callie Reed, the new owner of House of Melody in quaint Keepsake Cover, Maryland, feeling a need to pay back her community for her warm welcome, she agrees to help where she can and to make the arrival of popular author and guest for the book signing, Lyssa Hammond, comfortable during her visit.Staying at the Foxwood Inn while her home is being renovated, Lyssa learns more about the area, and owner Clifford Ashby, then she would like. Especially when Clifford is found murdered with a pair of scissors sticking out of him. Scissors that had come from his estranged wife’s shop and more than enough reason to believe that Dorothy had put them there. Dorothy Ashby nearly has everyone believing that she is innocent, that is until Renata Moore, is also found stabbed to death with scissors that could have come from Dorothy’s shop. There was no love lost between these two women, but was the ongoing feud enough to make the leap to murder.With Callie and Lyssa forming their own investigative team, interesting back histories comes to the forefront and old wounds are laid bare. Turns out that there was more going on in this little cove then originally thought and as stories come to light, there is more than enough to keep a reader engaged.
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  • Darcysmom
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book for free from Netgalley and Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest review. A Vintage Death is the second Keepsake Cove Mystery. Mary Ellen Hughes has written a terrific follow up to A Fatal Collection! Callie Reed is settling into life as a shop owner in Keepsake Cove - she has made good friends, has a steady date, and is involved in planning the annual fall festival, which will feature a talk and book signing by the popular author, Lyssa Hammond.The smooth transit I received an ARC of this book for free from Netgalley and Midnight Ink in exchange for an honest review. A Vintage Death is the second Keepsake Cove Mystery. Mary Ellen Hughes has written a terrific follow up to A Fatal Collection! Callie Reed is settling into life as a shop owner in Keepsake Cove - she has made good friends, has a steady date, and is involved in planning the annual fall festival, which will feature a talk and book signing by the popular author, Lyssa Hammond.The smooth transition to life in Keepsake Cove is marred by the murder of the local Bed and Breakfast owner, Cliff Ashby. When his estranged wife, Dorothy, is accused of the crime, Callie steps in to investigate and prove her friend is innocent. In the course of the investigation, Callie and Lyssa become good friends and join forces to find the real murderer. I love the way this series is shaping up. The characters are fantastic - Lyssa is a terrific addition, and I hope she will be back in book three. The setting is great - there is still so much of the town to explore. Most of all, Mary Ellen Hughes writes really engaging mysteries. I am a fan of this series and can't wait for the next book to be published!
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  • Cindi
    January 1, 1970
    Callie Reed, owner of House of Melody and member of the Keepsake Cover business association, is heading up a committee for a visiting author. When the author arrives in town, Callie visits the B&B to drop off a welcome gift and meets the B&B owner as well as the visiting author Lyssa Hammond.While Callie and Lyssa hit it off, the B&B owner manages to creep her out. Before long he is found murdered in the park and fingers are pointing at his estranged wife Dorothy, a local shop owner Callie Reed, owner of House of Melody and member of the Keepsake Cover business association, is heading up a committee for a visiting author. When the author arrives in town, Callie visits the B&B to drop off a welcome gift and meets the B&B owner as well as the visiting author Lyssa Hammond.While Callie and Lyssa hit it off, the B&B owner manages to creep her out. Before long he is found murdered in the park and fingers are pointing at his estranged wife Dorothy, a local shop owner and friend of Callie’s. Lyssa teams up with Callie to clear Dorothy’s name but when Dorthy’s long time nemesis is found dead in a copy cat murder, is she really innocent? Who can Callie really trust?The story moves at a good pace and keeps you guess as to who the murderer is…and just when you have it, you have to think again. Great character development and the inclusion of current events that make this a fun step back into nostalgia while staying on top of what’s going on today. Being a Maryland girl, the location makes it even more endearing to me. Can’t wait for Callie and the gang to come back around in the next installment in the series.
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