Death by Committee (Abbey McCree Mystery #1)
When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative's property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached--one of which is tied to a dead body! After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery--Aunt Sybil's only known rival is buried in her backyard!Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil's name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can't help but wonder--can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer's deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?

Death by Committee (Abbey McCree Mystery #1) Details

TitleDeath by Committee (Abbey McCree Mystery #1)
Author
ReleaseJan 29th, 2019
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN-139781496719539
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Fiction

Death by Committee (Abbey McCree Mystery #1) Review

  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in the new cozy Abbey McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries the characters are introduced in this first book that will appear in later installments but the mystery is contained and solved within the book.Abby McCree had just gotten divorced and had to sell her half of the business she shared with her husband over to him when she found out her Aunt Sybil left her in her will. Needing a fresh start Abby decides to move into her Aun Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in the new cozy Abbey McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries the characters are introduced in this first book that will appear in later installments but the mystery is contained and solved within the book.Abby McCree had just gotten divorced and had to sell her half of the business she shared with her husband over to him when she found out her Aunt Sybil left her in her will. Needing a fresh start Abby decides to move into her Aunts former home and make it her own in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington.Once settled Abby finds that all of Sybil’s old friends are turning to her to fill the whole that her aunt had also left in their lives. Getting volunteered for project and project Abby is thankful that her aunt’s tenant is helping maintain the property. As the two try to clean up the land they never expected to stumble upon the body of Sybil’s nemesis in the small town. Abby can’t believe her aunt would be a murderer so she vows to do what she can to find the real killer.Death by Committee was a fun start to this new cozy series. There’s some laughs, likable characters, a darling dog and even a bit of romance all mixed into this first book. I also liked that the local law was involved the whole time in the story instead of some cozies that tend to forget them completely or make them overly incompetent. With all the likable secondary characters in this opener I’m more than curious where the series will head next.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Juli
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee is the first book in the new Abbey McRee Mystery series. The series is set in Snowberry Creek, WA. The author also has a contemporary romance series set in the same town. Abbey McRee is recently divorced and starting her life all over again. She recently inherited her Aunt Sybil's victorian style home in Snowberry Creek. She moves in with her dog, Zeke. Along with the house, she also inherited her aunt's quilting group, a spot on the local senior affairs committee and a tenant Death by Committee is the first book in the new Abbey McRee Mystery series. The series is set in Snowberry Creek, WA. The author also has a contemporary romance series set in the same town. Abbey McRee is recently divorced and starting her life all over again. She recently inherited her Aunt Sybil's victorian style home in Snowberry Creek. She moves in with her dog, Zeke. Along with the house, she also inherited her aunt's quilting group, a spot on the local senior affairs committee and a tenant, Tripp Blackston. When an enemy of her aunt's is discovered dead and buried under junk in a corner of the yard, suspicion falls on her deceased aunt and Tripp. Abbey is determined to clear her aunt's name and identify the murderer. It proves to be a dangerous quest!All in all, a nice start to a new cozy series. The premise of inheriting a victorian home from an elderly relative is pretty tropey, but the story was still a fun read. I like Abbey as a main character. She's trying hard to start her life over after a failed marriage and endures the snarkiness of small town busybodies. Her pet mastiff, Zeke, is a great addition to the story as is her renter, Tripp and the rest of the side characters. The quirky members of the quilting group jump in to help Abbey investigate. Nothing like a feisty group of senior citizens to help ferret out a killer. The ending wasn't really a surprise, but there was enough twists, suspects and surprises in this book to keep my attention. I will definitely read more of this series. The cover art is colorful and cute. It really caught my eye, and first drew me to read this book. :)Alexis Morgan is the author of several romance series, even a paranormal one. I don't read the romance genre, but I will definitely read any cozies she writes. I like her writing style, the characters, background theme and setting for this new cozy series. Makes for an enjoyable, relaxing reading experience. **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    After inheriting a rundown estate from her late Aunt Sybil, Abby McCree settles into life in the tiny town of Snowberry Creek. Though really, there’s no time to settle. Aunt Sybil had many obligations, and now Abby’s expected to carry the mantle. Soon she’s taking the reins of the local quilting guild, serving on the city’s Senior Affairs group, and planning garage sales. But then her tenant, Tripp, discover a body buried in her backyard— and it’s Aunt Sybil’s fierce archrival. As all signs poin After inheriting a rundown estate from her late Aunt Sybil, Abby McCree settles into life in the tiny town of Snowberry Creek. Though really, there’s no time to settle. Aunt Sybil had many obligations, and now Abby’s expected to carry the mantle. Soon she’s taking the reins of the local quilting guild, serving on the city’s Senior Affairs group, and planning garage sales. But then her tenant, Tripp, discover a body buried in her backyard— and it’s Aunt Sybil’s fierce archrival. As all signs point to Sybil as the murderer, Abby becomes focused on finding the real killer and clearing her aunt’s name.Author Alexis Morgan has woven an irresistible plot. Abby, making a new beginning after a nasty divorce and the death of her aunt, is immediately embroiled in a murder mystery without obvious answers. The murder was obviously personal— the body was wrapped in one of Sybil’s handmade quilts. And the idea of having the body found near Abby’s house leads to some thick tension. There’s a constant need to have the murder solved, not just because Sybil’s name is being sullied, but because Abby is in ever-increasing danger. This builds slowly over the course of the book, leading to a fairly explosive ending. It’s very effective.Of course, the reason it truly works comes down to the character of Abby McCree. She’s strong, smart, and determined. While some cozies have the main character bumble through the investigation, she carefully plots her actions without putting herself in unnecessary danger. Abby is such a realistic character that she keeps the story grounded, allowing for some zany moments that feel quirky rather than like caricature. Her journey might have quiet moments, but it’s never boring.It helps that the mystery is intricately woven. There are some solid suspects, a tricky red herring or two, and plenty of twists to leave couch sleuths guessing. While Abby never really considers her aunt a suspect, Morgan provides enough evidence to create doubt for the reader. This little bit of plotting is brilliant enough to make all evidence questionable, even when it appears obvious.However, beyond the puzzle itself, a great cozy mystery is made or broken with its cast of secondary characters and, fortunately, author Morgan has populated Snowberry Creek with some wonderful denizens. The quilting guild is a particular highlight, especially as the women develop excuses to be near windows with a view of Tripp doing yardwork. Tripp, though sometimes gruff and bossy, works as a romantic interest and foil for Abby. Morgan deserves kudos for writing a complex partner— someone who obviously needs to work on expressing his emotions, but with enough tenderness to get the big moments ‘right’.Death by Committee has a fantastic heroine, a splash of humor, and a wonderfully crafted mystery. It’s a bit like the many quilts described in its pages— stitched together beautifully.Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    The beginning of the Abby McCree series by an author I haven't read before. Abby life is changed by two events, a divorce and inheriting as home in Snowberry Creek, Washington. She also inherits a Mastiff, Zeke, and a tenant, in the caretaker's cottage. Abby has agreed to finish her Aunt Sybil's term as President of the quilting guild. Abby is adjusting to a new life when her tenant, Tripp and she began to clear a blackberry patch and finds the body of her Aunt's biggest competitor. The tale mak The beginning of the Abby McCree series by an author I haven't read before. Abby life is changed by two events, a divorce and inheriting as home in Snowberry Creek, Washington. She also inherits a Mastiff, Zeke, and a tenant, in the caretaker's cottage. Abby has agreed to finish her Aunt Sybil's term as President of the quilting guild. Abby is adjusting to a new life when her tenant, Tripp and she began to clear a blackberry patch and finds the body of her Aunt's biggest competitor. The tale makes many changes as Abby and Tripp began to unravel Aunt Sybil's affairs. The villain is easy to recognize. I am looking forward to reading the next book. I highly recommend this book.Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan takes us on a journey to Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby McCree has inherited her Aunt Sybil’s Victorian home along a Zeke, a mastiff mix and a tenant in the mother-in-law cottage who assists with chores. Abby is recently divorced and is still deciding what she wants to do with her future. She has been going through the contents of the house box by box and assisting the quilting guild with the preparations for their upcoming garage sale. Abby hired goats to Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan takes us on a journey to Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby McCree has inherited her Aunt Sybil’s Victorian home along a Zeke, a mastiff mix and a tenant in the mother-in-law cottage who assists with chores. Abby is recently divorced and is still deciding what she wants to do with her future. She has been going through the contents of the house box by box and assisting the quilting guild with the preparations for their upcoming garage sale. Abby hired goats to clear out runaway blackberry vines and notices one of them is chewing on fabric. Tripp Blackston, her tenant, goes over to check it out and uncovers a body wrapped in a quilt. The victim was Aunt Sybil’s rival, Dolly Cayhill who has not been seen since before Christmas. Deceased Aunt Sybil is Chief of Police Gabe Logan’s top suspect since she had an argument with Dolly at church over the presidency of the quilting club. Abby knows that her aunt would never have harmed a soul and sets out to prove it with the help of three of her aunt’s friends. Somehow Abby also finds herself the new head of Snowberry Creek’s Committee on Senior Affairs, managing the quilting guilds garage sale and searching for twelve (well, now eleven) missing quilts. Join Abby as she stitches together the clues to reveal a killer in Death by Committee. Death by Committee is a cute cozy mystery. I thought it was a quick and easy to read book. Abby McCree is newly divorced from a cheating husband and out of job since he bought out her share of the company. Moving to Snowberry Cree gives Abby a new start. She has inherited a large Victorian home along with the contents plus the oversized Zeke and a handsome tenant in the mother-in-law cottage. Abby is an appealing character who is helpful and friendly with the elderly ladies of the quilting guild. Louise Allen, Jean Benson and Glenda Unger are the three quilting guild members who rope Abby into various projects and enjoy watching Tripp work in the yard (frequently without his shirt on). Tripp Blackston is ex-military and a college freshman who is renting the mother-in-law cottage. There are frequent mentions of Tripp’s physique as the ladies ogle him. The author is setting him up to be Abby’s love interest, but I do not admire his bossy attitude and hair trigger temper. The mystery is straightforward with a small suspect list, a red herring and pointed clues. Abby talks with several people to gather information, but that is the extent of her investigating. Solving this whodunit is a piece of cake. I did like how the mystery was wrapped up at the end. I like Gage Logan, the chief of police. He is friendly, helpful and has a sense of humor. Death by Committee is a good start to An Abby McCree Mystery series. I hope the author takes the time to develop her characters in the next book and provide more details on the town. Death by Committee is a light hearted cozy mystery with a charming Victorian home, a cute mastiff mix, beautifully crafted quilts, three busy older ladies and killer on the loose.
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  • JoAn
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in a new cozy series. Ms. Morgan is "new to me" and I was pleasantly surprised by this book.I liked Abby McCree almost immediately as she was introduced in the book. She has gone through a crippling divorce and then her favorite aunt past away. However, she inherited her aunt's house and her dog, Zeke, in Snowberry Creek, Washington and once the divorce was finalized she moved in. Her aunt's friends keep her busy taking over her aunt's respon Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in a new cozy series. Ms. Morgan is "new to me" and I was pleasantly surprised by this book.I liked Abby McCree almost immediately as she was introduced in the book. She has gone through a crippling divorce and then her favorite aunt past away. However, she inherited her aunt's house and her dog, Zeke, in Snowberry Creek, Washington and once the divorce was finalized she moved in. Her aunt's friends keep her busy taking over her aunt's responsibilities because "her aunt would want her to do it". Her aunt's friend are really lovely secondary characters; but they can and do get pushy with Abby. It's nothing Abby can't handle once she learns to say "no". Her aunt's tenant, Tripp Blackston, is a complex character with a gruff and taciturn demeanor but a soft heart underneath. Once a body is discovered in her aunt's backyard and both her aunt and Tripp are implicated in the murder by town gossips, Abby is determined to clear them both. The story is well-crafted with several suspects, red herrings, and twists that kept Abby busy. I did catch on to who might have done it by a small clue dropped about midway through the book. What I really liked was that Abby didn't do any real snooping but just listened as people talked and asked a few questions. She also related everything she learned to the sheriff. The reveal proved my hunch to be correct but it was still a little scary for Abby. I will be looking for more of this series.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.Very rarely in cozy mystery does the absolute perfect mystery come along. Some are good, some are great, and some like this one are absolutely brilliant! I read so much of this genre that when a truly awesome book comes along and knocks my socks off I am always so happy! I actually finished this book and actually had to say out loud to my half asleep boyfriend next to me just how good it actually was!Basically we have a pe Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.Very rarely in cozy mystery does the absolute perfect mystery come along. Some are good, some are great, and some like this one are absolutely brilliant! I read so much of this genre that when a truly awesome book comes along and knocks my socks off I am always so happy! I actually finished this book and actually had to say out loud to my half asleep boyfriend next to me just how good it actually was!Basically we have a perfect mystery, with excellent twists and turns along the way. Abbey is a great sleuth, and the romantic interest...well. I almost never care for the romantic interest, but this one grabbed me ;) Definitely my favorite cozy of the year, and it's only the first in the series. If you only read one cozy this year or next, make it this one!
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  • Kendrea Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    Death By Committee was a good cozy mystery. It was kind of slow to start and I kept wondering if we'd ever be introduced to any suspects. However, the writing was good and the main character, Abby, her tenant, Tripp, as well as the other characters were very likeable. I loved the ending. It really makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series. I definitely want to see what happens next for Abby and everyone in Snowberry Creek.Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book t Death By Committee was a good cozy mystery. It was kind of slow to start and I kept wondering if we'd ever be introduced to any suspects. However, the writing was good and the main character, Abby, her tenant, Tripp, as well as the other characters were very likeable. I loved the ending. It really makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series. I definitely want to see what happens next for Abby and everyone in Snowberry Creek.Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard!Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?--Series: An Abby McCree Mystery - Book 1Author: Alexis Morgan Genre: Cozy MysteryPublisher: Kensington Books A new series from award-winning author, Alexis Morgan starts with a bang! Death by Committee from Kensington Books is the first book in a new series, it leaves readers thrilled and entertained.This book is a relaxing, fun romp through the small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington a fictional town that is also featured in one of Ms. Morgan’s other series. As the first in a series, the characters are detailed enough to keep the readers interest without making the characters boring. Zeke, her dog, and Tripp, her renter make the series stimulating without taking away from Abby or the plot.Discovering a body in your backyard is never good but having your dead aunt under suspicion of being a killer is even worse. Unfortunately, the victim wasn’t well liked and wasn’t missed for a long time, and the trail has grown cold..Abby needs to prove her late Aunt Sybil did not kill her arch rival. The road to finding the killer is paved with twists, turns and filled with giant pot holds as Abby narrows down the suspect list. With the help of the quilting guild, a group of senior citizens dedicated to helping the town by quilting, and the town busybodies she sews together the clues and comes up with a killer.Death by Committee is a delightful book and a great beginning for a new series. The writing is professional, smooth and stays on point. Ms. Morgan has proven again that she is a writer who knows her craft and her audience. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next addition to the series.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the 1st book in the Abbey McCree Mystery series, and a great start. I really loved this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. Abby McCree moves to Snowberry Creek, after inheriting her Aunt Sybil home. Abby is ready to start a new life after a bad divorce, so she moved there with her dog, a Mastiff, named Zeke. While cleaning up the overran yard, Zeke and her tenant Tripp, finds the body of her aunt's rival, and the mystery begins. This book Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the 1st book in the Abbey McCree Mystery series, and a great start. I really loved this book and can't wait for the next book in the series. Abby McCree moves to Snowberry Creek, after inheriting her Aunt Sybil home. Abby is ready to start a new life after a bad divorce, so she moved there with her dog, a Mastiff, named Zeke. While cleaning up the overran yard, Zeke and her tenant Tripp, finds the body of her aunt's rival, and the mystery begins. This book is very well written full of great characters, and a well thought out plot. When I started this book, it kept me reading page after page. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, I strongly recommend this book. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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  • RoloPoloBookBlog
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee by Alexis MorganBook #1: Abby McCree Mystery SeriesSource: NetGalley and Kensington Publishing CorporationMy Rating: 4/5 starsAbby McCree certainly doesn’t lack for support in the wake of the loss of her beloved aunt Sybil. Abby has inherited her aunt’s beautiful yet sprawling home, a delightfully slobbery mastiff, a sexy yet surly tenant, a seat on nearly every committee in town, and a gaggle of blue-haired friends dead set on helping Abby navigate her grief.With a house full Death by Committee by Alexis MorganBook #1: Abby McCree Mystery SeriesSource: NetGalley and Kensington Publishing CorporationMy Rating: 4/5 starsAbby McCree certainly doesn’t lack for support in the wake of the loss of her beloved aunt Sybil. Abby has inherited her aunt’s beautiful yet sprawling home, a delightfully slobbery mastiff, a sexy yet surly tenant, a seat on nearly every committee in town, and a gaggle of blue-haired friends dead set on helping Abby navigate her grief.With a house full of boxes and closets and rooms to sort through and a yard in need of serious attention, Abby puts her nose to the grindstone and gets to work. Trouble is, just as she’s starting to make some headway, Abby and her surly (yet hot!) tenant make a grisly discovery, a body wrapped in a quilt buried in the back flower bed. To make matters far worse, the woman buried among the brambles was the only woman in town known to openly dislike Abby’s aunt Sybil. Thankfully, the local cops aren’t completely clueless and don’t just go with the obvious, Aunt Sybil whacked the old bird before her own death, case closed! Like the cops, Abby isn’t at all accepting of the easy answer and she certainly isn’t going to let the town assume the worst of her aunt, a woman who spent her life giving selflessly to the town. Though she’s no experienced investigator, Abby is determined to clear her aunt’s good name. As it happens, when Abby’s aunt Sybil died, she left Abby with a host of blue-haired friends who have lived in the same small town for decades. Those old birds aren’t just supportive, energetic, and friendly, but they know every secret, every dirty deed, and every bit of gossip ever spread in town. With the ladies’ help, Abby has clues to begin her search and as she digs, the ladies help her with more answers and more questions. Oh, and from time to time, they help with a ride along 😊 As Abby gets closer to uncovering the truth, she discovers the mean old lady may not have been quite so mean, her aunt was definitely not responsible for her death, and there a load of missing quilts that break the case wide open. The Bottom Line: First in a series books can be tricky, but I found this one to have avoided most of the pitfalls. Though there is a great deal of background information, there isn’t so much that it overwhelms and/or bogs down the story. What’s more, Abby, the old birds, her awesome mastiff, and her surly yet hot tenant are all really good, solid characters I definitely want to know more about. Based on all the information the old birds have stored in their collective brain, I would say Snowberry Creek is going to offer a whole host of mysteries just waiting for Abby McCree to solve.
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  • RO G'ma
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee is the first book in Alexis Morgan’s Abbey McCree Mystery series. The storyline is well written and the characters well developed and likable. The steadily paced murder mystery is a clean read, with a lot going on to keep readers engaged and guessing. This is an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.Abby McCree discovered that Chad Ohler, her husband, was cheating on her, and then he tried to cheat her again during the divorce proceedi Death by Committee is the first book in Alexis Morgan’s Abbey McCree Mystery series. The storyline is well written and the characters well developed and likable. The steadily paced murder mystery is a clean read, with a lot going on to keep readers engaged and guessing. This is an enjoyable read, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.Abby McCree discovered that Chad Ohler, her husband, was cheating on her, and then he tried to cheat her again during the divorce proceedings by trying to say she was nothing more than a file clerk in the successful business they built together. A smart judge saw through his lies, and she left the marriage monetarily compensated, but hurt and lacking in confidence. When Abby’s Aunt Sybil passed away, she left her home and most of her personal property in Snowberry Creek, Washington. She also inherited Tripp Blackston, the tenant in her small mother-in-law cottage, who paid reduced rent in return for doing odd jobs around the property, and her aunt’s adopted mastiff mix, Zeke. Abby’s working with Sybil’s friends Jean, Louise, and Glenda to organize and run the quilting guild’s garage sale and since her aunt had always insisted they have it there, Abby agreed to host it. The ladies volunteered Abby to fulfill the remainder of her aunt’s position as president of the quilting guild as well as being the temporary chair of the town’s Committee on Senior Affairs. While clearing out an overgrown blackberry patch, Tripp discovers a body. Gage Logan, the local chief of police, and his team identify the victim as Dolly Cayhill, Sybil’s archrival. Rumors fly in the small town, and some people believe Sybil and/or Tripp are responsible for Dolly’s death. Abby vows to do everything she can to clear their names, and while defending her aunt’s reputation was important to her, finding justice for Dolly Cayhill was too.I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first in a new cozy series and I really enjoyed this book. I have never read this author before but I will look for other books by her for sure. The main character Abbey McCree has recently divorced and was forced to fight to get half of the business from her ex-husband. She has recently moved to Snowberry Creek after she inherits her Aunt Sybil’s Victorian home. She also inherits her Aunts positions on several committees including the Quilting club as well as a tenant Tripp Blacksto This is the first in a new cozy series and I really enjoyed this book. I have never read this author before but I will look for other books by her for sure. The main character Abbey McCree has recently divorced and was forced to fight to get half of the business from her ex-husband. She has recently moved to Snowberry Creek after she inherits her Aunt Sybil’s Victorian home. She also inherits her Aunts positions on several committees including the Quilting club as well as a tenant Tripp Blackstone. Tripp is an added attraction for the ladies in the quilting guild who meet at Sybils/Abbey’s house as they plan the garage sale fundraiser. Abbey is also roped into serving on the Senior Affairs committee. As Abbey is working to clean our part of her new yard she is working to clear out an old blackberry patch that is so overgrown she cannot do it by hand. Tripp tells her you can hire goats (so clever way to find a body) who will eat it away and the next day that is what they do. In the process they find the dead body of her Aunt Sybil’s arch rival Dolly Cahill. Seems Dolly was not always the nicest person in town and since Aunt Sybil and Dolly had a screaming match at church she is assumed to be the murderer. Dolly’s friends give Abbey the cold shoulder and also drag Tripp into this by assuming he was Sybil’s accomplice. Abbey is not going to let her Aunt’s name get dragged into the mud and be an easy out for the sheriff. Turns out the sheriff is a friend of Tripp’s and intends to investigate fully. There were plenty of suspects and the although I guessed who the murderer was it did not in anyway stop me from enjoying the story as there were plenty of other clues and red herrings to have me guessing back and forth. Hope Abbey can find some younger friends going forward in town. I am looking forward to the next installment in this series.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Abby McCree finds herself starting a new chapter in her life after her divorce but homicide wasn't on her radar. When her favorite aunt passes away and leaves Abby her house in a small town in Washington state, Abby is happy with her choice. That changes pretty fast when a hungry goat, part of an urban herd used to clear her mess of blackberry bushes, decides to munch on a quilt hidden within. Upon close inspection of the quilt, once unearthed, a corpse is found. No accidental death here and the Abby McCree finds herself starting a new chapter in her life after her divorce but homicide wasn't on her radar. When her favorite aunt passes away and leaves Abby her house in a small town in Washington state, Abby is happy with her choice. That changes pretty fast when a hungry goat, part of an urban herd used to clear her mess of blackberry bushes, decides to munch on a quilt hidden within. Upon close inspection of the quilt, once unearthed, a corpse is found. No accidental death here and the police soon identify the woman as one of Abby's Aunt Sybil's neighbors. Everyone thought she was basking in a warmer climate and was going to return soon. Not that she had never left. Even though Aunt Sybil has passed away, she becomes prime suspect as there was some friction between the two women. Abby refuses to entertain the idea that her aunt could have even hurt a fly let alone commit murder. But there is that body buried in the yard and that means a killer may get away with the crime if Abby can't solve the murder fast.Along with the house comes a big lovable dog named Zeke and a cute guy as a tenant. Oh, and the friends of Aunt Sybil want Abby to fill in for her Aunt on a committee that looks like trouble in capital letters.This mystery was perfect for a few hours of escape - there were enough twists, turns and great characters to keep me from going to bed on time. The true sign of a good mystery.My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Cindi
    January 1, 1970
    First in a new series! Abbey McCree finds herself in Snowberry Creek after inheriting herAunt's home after her divorce. With happy memories from her youth and a fresh start find her stepping into a few roles her aunt had filled in the town, president of the ladies quilting guild and head of the senior citizens committee. But when the body of her aunt's long time frienemy is found in the backyard wrapped in one her aunt's handmade quilts, Abbey finds that some people think her aunt killed the wom First in a new series! Abbey McCree finds herself in Snowberry Creek after inheriting herAunt's home after her divorce. With happy memories from her youth and a fresh start find her stepping into a few roles her aunt had filled in the town, president of the ladies quilting guild and head of the senior citizens committee. But when the body of her aunt's long time frienemy is found in the backyard wrapped in one her aunt's handmade quilts, Abbey finds that some people think her aunt killed the woman. Since dead people tell no lies, or fact for that matter, Abbey decides that she not only needs to clear her aunt's good name, but find justice for the murdered woman.With quite a few suspects but no real motives, everything seems to be linked to the quilts that the quilting guild ladies made. Soon Abbey receives a chilling warning from the murderer and agrees it is time for her to keep her hose out of the investigation, but it may be too late to back off and be safe. Luckily she's got a loyal and faithful dog and the support of her handsome tenant, Tripp, as well as that of the local sheriff, Gage. As with any new series, it took me a few chapters to get fully immersed into the new characters but I found myself unable to put it down once I get into the story. So many potentials suspects, but it took awhile for things to full click into place. The characters and writing are solid and I enjoyed the first book in the new series.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Death by Committee is the debut of the Abby McCree Mystery series set in the small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby is recently divorced and has inherited an old rundown Victorian from her beloved Aunt Sybil and along with the house comes her aunt's tenant, Tripp Blackstone and the ladies of the quilting guild. While cleaning up the overgrown brush in the backyard, Abby's Mastiff Zeke digs up a piece of quilt, and not only is Abby surprised to find the quilt that had a special meaning f Death by Committee is the debut of the Abby McCree Mystery series set in the small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby is recently divorced and has inherited an old rundown Victorian from her beloved Aunt Sybil and along with the house comes her aunt's tenant, Tripp Blackstone and the ladies of the quilting guild. While cleaning up the overgrown brush in the backyard, Abby's Mastiff Zeke digs up a piece of quilt, and not only is Abby surprised to find the quilt that had a special meaning for her but that it's wrapped around Aunt Sybil's biggest rival, Dolly Cahill. Nobody had seen Dolly in a few months but most assumed that she had gone off to Florida for the winter.Immediately the police focus on deceased Aunt Sybil or Tripp as the main suspects in Dolly's murder but Abby knows that her beloved aunt wouldn't hurt a fly and she's pretty sure that military vet Tripp wouldn't either. Joining forces with Tripp and the ladies of her aunt's quilting guild, Abby sets out to pin down a killer.A catchy plot that quickly draws you in. An interesting mix of characters and a deliciously drooling dog point to many more adventures with Abby.I received an advanced copy of Death by Committee from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing. While not required to write a review I am more than happy to offer my honest opinion.
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  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of DEATH BY COMMITTEE by Alexis Morgan in exchange for an honest review. Abby McCree inherited more than her Aunt Sybil’s beautiful Victorian home. The town thinks she’s also inherited all of her aunt’s responsibilities. Abby, who hasn’t sewn anything more than a button since she was a child, finds herself the president of Aunt Sybil’s quilting guild. Abby, whose only close contact with the elderly has been through her recent conscription into the quilting guild, also find I received a free copy of DEATH BY COMMITTEE by Alexis Morgan in exchange for an honest review. Abby McCree inherited more than her Aunt Sybil’s beautiful Victorian home. The town thinks she’s also inherited all of her aunt’s responsibilities. Abby, who hasn’t sewn anything more than a button since she was a child, finds herself the president of Aunt Sybil’s quilting guild. Abby, whose only close contact with the elderly has been through her recent conscription into the quilting guild, also finds herself chairing the town committee on elder services. In between all of the projects for which she’s been volunteered, Abby is trying to find time to go through her aunt’s belongings and to clear out the brambles that took over the yard. It’s the backyard that gets her into trouble; there’s a body back there. Since there was a rivalry between Abby’s beloved Aunt Sybil and the deceased, some friends of the deceased are spreading malicious lies about Aunt Sybil being the murderer. Abby sets out to prove her aunt was innocent and to avoid any additional responsibilities.This was very entertaining. I enjoyed it greatly. I was vastly amused about the amount of trouble the quilting ladies kept causing Abby.#DeathByCommittee #NetGalley
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  • Lorraine Kraft
    January 1, 1970
    After Abby McCree went through a bad divorce, she moved to Snowberry Creek, Washington when her beloved aunt passed away leaving her a house that comes with a tenant and a dog, Zeke. She hadn't made up her mind yet to either live in the house or sell it when she gets talked into taking her aunt's place on the quilting group as well as on the towns Committee on Senior Affairs in addition to generally fixing up the house and grounds.In order to clear a patch of overgrown blackberry bushes in the b After Abby McCree went through a bad divorce, she moved to Snowberry Creek, Washington when her beloved aunt passed away leaving her a house that comes with a tenant and a dog, Zeke. She hadn't made up her mind yet to either live in the house or sell it when she gets talked into taking her aunt's place on the quilting group as well as on the towns Committee on Senior Affairs in addition to generally fixing up the house and grounds.In order to clear a patch of overgrown blackberry bushes in the back yard, Abby has goats brought in as a suggestion from Tripp, the tenant. She noticed one chewing on a piece of cloth and when Tripp goes to see what it is, he finds the body of Abby's Aunt Sybil's nemesis, Dolly Cayhill. The last time anyone saw Dolly was at church when she had a public run in with Aunt Sybil. Now, Dolly's friends are saying Aunt Sybil killed her and had Tripp help her bury the body. Trouble is, just about everyone in town except for Dolly's friends didn't like her and had a motive to kill her.Please Note: I was given a copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley.com
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  • Homerun2
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsThis was an uneven series debut. The pluses include appealing main character Abbey McCree, recovering from a divorce and the death of her favorite aunt. Abbey moved to her aunt's small home town after inheriting her neglected old mansion and much of her aunt's life, including the presidency of the local quilting club and memberships in various local committees.Abbey is shocked when the body of a women who had fought with her aunt is discovered in the backyard. Abbey's hunky tenant Tripp 2.5 starsThis was an uneven series debut. The pluses include appealing main character Abbey McCree, recovering from a divorce and the death of her favorite aunt. Abbey moved to her aunt's small home town after inheriting her neglected old mansion and much of her aunt's life, including the presidency of the local quilting club and memberships in various local committees.Abbey is shocked when the body of a women who had fought with her aunt is discovered in the backyard. Abbey's hunky tenant Tripp and the local police chief remind Abbey daily to stay out of the investigation, but in the normal way of cozies, she doesn't listen.Some problems: Tripp is a not very well drawn character. His physical attributes are much better described than his character. He is clearly meant to be a hero, but his hair-trigger temper and heavy-handed bossiness get in the way. The police chief, Gage, is a more sympathetic guy.As far as the plot goes, it was pretty easy to spot the murderer early on. Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest review.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved meeting all the folks Snowberry Creek, Washington. Well, most of them. I would have loved to have known Aunt Sybil, but her memory lives on. You just never know what is going to happen in a small town, which is one reason why I like them so much. I think Abby inheritance turned out to be a little more than she expected, but I think it was all growing on her and she was enjoying it all. If you are going to be a landlord, you might as well have a Tripp of a tenant. Oh, and those older ladi I loved meeting all the folks Snowberry Creek, Washington. Well, most of them. I would have loved to have known Aunt Sybil, but her memory lives on. You just never know what is going to happen in a small town, which is one reason why I like them so much. I think Abby inheritance turned out to be a little more than she expected, but I think it was all growing on her and she was enjoying it all. If you are going to be a landlord, you might as well have a Tripp of a tenant. Oh, and those older ladies, well they aren’t blind!! Someone does need to share a good tuna casserole recipe with them though. Zeke, can’t say enough good about him. Always trust a dog’s instinct. Can’t wait to see what happens next with these good folks. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Surely Aunt Sybil wasn't a murderer! Abbey's just inherited Sybil's house in Snowberry Creek, along with her mastiff Zeke (love this dog!), a quilting group, and wait for it- a tenant named Tripp. Whew. That's a lot to take in but she's determined to make a new start after her divorce. Tripp isn't the murderer either, she's pretty sure (well, sure enough to work with him to find the real culprit.). This is a nice start to a new series. It's not too twisty and you might guess the villain early on Surely Aunt Sybil wasn't a murderer! Abbey's just inherited Sybil's house in Snowberry Creek, along with her mastiff Zeke (love this dog!), a quilting group, and wait for it- a tenant named Tripp. Whew. That's a lot to take in but she's determined to make a new start after her divorce. Tripp isn't the murderer either, she's pretty sure (well, sure enough to work with him to find the real culprit.). This is a nice start to a new series. It's not too twisty and you might guess the villain early one but that's okay because now we're set up for more adventures. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Janilyn Kocher
    January 1, 1970
    First, I love the cover. Cozy mysteries covers are so inviting and picturesque. The mystery is a decent read, even if it does drag on in some areas. Abby moved to a small town after the demise of both her marriage and her aunt. After a body is found on her property, Abby seems to sniff out more trouble than her huge dog, Zeke. Her hunky tenant is on hand to get her out of scrapes, along with the police chief. Add in a pack of old biddies to help spread malicious gossip and readers will be able t First, I love the cover. Cozy mysteries covers are so inviting and picturesque. The mystery is a decent read, even if it does drag on in some areas. Abby moved to a small town after the demise of both her marriage and her aunt. After a body is found on her property, Abby seems to sniff out more trouble than her huge dog, Zeke. Her hunky tenant is on hand to get her out of scrapes, along with the police chief. Add in a pack of old biddies to help spread malicious gossip and readers will be able to discern who the real killer is halfway through the novel. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fun read: not overly gory, cute back and forth between the two main characters, and lots of servings of food and drinks. There is a mystery involved and whether you figure it out ahead of time or not, it's entertaining. Quilts tie the whole tale together for a cozy read that many will enjoy. There are several suspects in the small town to choose from as the story unwinds. This is a clean read, suitable for anyone. I flew through it in an spare moment I had. (I recieved this ARC in a go This is a fun read: not overly gory, cute back and forth between the two main characters, and lots of servings of food and drinks. There is a mystery involved and whether you figure it out ahead of time or not, it's entertaining. Quilts tie the whole tale together for a cozy read that many will enjoy. There are several suspects in the small town to choose from as the story unwinds. This is a clean read, suitable for anyone. I flew through it in an spare moment I had. (I recieved this ARC in a goodreads giveaway.)
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  • Cherie
    January 1, 1970
    #GoodreadsGiveaway Thank you!3.25Although mysteries are not my usual genre, I enjoyed Death by Committee. It was a fast, easy read and had a few laugh out loud moments. Even though there wasn't much of a mystery for me and included a "villain's confession" at the end, I was entertained in the unfolding of the story. The Mastiff named Zeke was my favorite character of the bunch. Thank you for including a female deputy in small town America!
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  • Lisa Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This was an alright book for me. It was enjoyable to read and there was a nice cast of characters but it was missing that spark that would’ve made it great. It is the first book in the series, so I hope the second book brings a bit more to the table.—-I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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  • Barbara Tobey
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it. Abbey McCree appealed to me immediately. Her tenant even more so. The chief of police has potential, too. The culprit was obvious early on but the book was entertaining and pleasant reading. The dog is a wonderful bonus. Great cover! I am eager to read the further adventures of Abbey McCree. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
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  • T Olsen
    January 1, 1970
    A very cozy mystery with just the right mix of cozy and mystery. Very well written with a good flow, making it a joy to read. The only problems are the inaccurate picture on the cover and the title that makes little sense.
  • Daniele
    January 1, 1970
    DEATH BY COMMITTEE gets the Abbey McCree mystery series off to a good start. Abbey is a likable character, and I enjoy the setting. The pace is good and the mystery well thought out. I look forward to reading more.
  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    Hard Time Putting This One Down!Great news series! I found it well plotted, with lots of intensity, especially the ending! I can’t wait for the next book!
  • Amary Chapman
    January 1, 1970
    I requested this book because it sounded interesting, boy am I glad I did. Retiree Abby McCree inherited her favorite aunt's house, and was shocked when yard maintenance turn up a body in the bushes, even more so when she sees the body is wrapped in the quilt she made with her aunt. Unable to accept that her aunt may have murdered the woman, she sets out to find out who did.... and turns into the next target. Wonderfully woven, with characters that make you smile and groan, this book was a delig I requested this book because it sounded interesting, boy am I glad I did. Retiree Abby McCree inherited her favorite aunt's house, and was shocked when yard maintenance turn up a body in the bushes, even more so when she sees the body is wrapped in the quilt she made with her aunt. Unable to accept that her aunt may have murdered the woman, she sets out to find out who did.... and turns into the next target. Wonderfully woven, with characters that make you smile and groan, this book was a delight to read. I received a NetGalley ARC to peruse and recommend this book to any cozy fan, Clean cozy.
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