Saturday, June 2, 2018

Peppermint Mocha Murder




Author:  Pam Moll
Series:  A Molly Brewster Mystery #1
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publication Date:  April 14, 2018
Source:  Amazon Kindle Unlimited

Description:  Molly Brewster’s new café bookshop is the go-to spot for strong coffee, flaky pastries, and juicy gossip. But everything changes when the tide washes a dead body up on shore… practically on the shop’s doorstep. As a newcomer to the tight knit South Florida village, the local sheriff pegs Molly as the prime suspect.


Determined to track down the real killer to clear her name, Molly enlists the help of her loyal chocolate lab, her cantankerous Granny Dee, and the handsome Officer Lucky. With Holly Fest just days away, she must rely on her wits and her fiery spirit to crack the case. Molly’s holiday season is about to go from hectic to downright dangerous…
Peppermint Mocha Murder is the lighthearted first book in the Holidays Are Murder series, a set of cozy mysteries. If you like mouthwatering recipes, charming island villages, and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Pam Moll’s delectable whodunnit.

My Review

Lately I have been reading a lot of advanced reader copies of new releases.  Don't get me wrong, I love being an ARC reader and helping authors promote their books and series.  However, it started to feel like the books were running my reading schedule and not me.  So, I decided to take a break and read a cozy mystery that was just for me.  
I had seen a couple of reviews for this book on Goodreads and when I read the blurb and saw that it was part of my Kindle Unlimited subscription I decided to take a chance on this new to me author and the book.
This is the first book in Ms. Moll's new series featuring Molly Brewster, the owner of Addicted to the Bean, a new cafe bookshop in southern Florida.  Molly has recently started her business with an inheritance left to her by her grandfather.  Right from the start of the book I found her to be a likable character who was warm and genuine.  She is surrounded by a cast of diverse secondary characters comprised of her employees, her grandmother - Granny Dee, and Officer Lucky with whom she has a budding romance.  Molly unwittingly becomes a suspect in a murder investigation after finding the body of one of the townspeople on the beach.  As a result, Mo feels she must clear her name before the police arrest her for a murder she didn't commit.  I thought Molly was a good amateur sleuth but a bit impetuous which got her into some trouble she didn't necessarily need to find herself in.  

The mystery was good and woven throughout the story.  The victim was not well liked in the town so the author provide the reader with plenty of suspects all of whom had a good motive to commit murder.  There were enough clues peppered throughout the story to keep the reader guessing as to the identity of the culprit.  I will say that I was surprised by the culprit but it made sense and fit within the overall story and plot.

I enjoyed this author and the story and will check back in for the next book in the series. 

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