21 August, 2017

#BookReview :: A Fatal Collection (Keepsake Cove Mystery #1) by Mary Ellen Hughes

Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Just as they're beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt's body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can't accept Melodie's death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?

As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn't careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie's collection. 

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Callie’s life is taking a turn she doesn’t like much. She decides to take a break by paying an overdue visit to her aunt Melodie. She arrives at the quaint little town of Keepsake Cove, where her aunt lives and runs a music box shop, with hopes of clearing her mind and rejuvenating her life. But her life takes an unexpected turn even here when she finds the body of her aunt Melodie on the floor of the shop soon after arriving at Keepsake Cove. The place may have a fairytale-esque vibe, but there is a murderer lurking among them as Callie is sure that her aunt’s death was no accident.

I love Keepsake Cove. It is indeed a perfect ‘story’ town where people know and take care of each other. After her aunt’s death, the town sort of adopts Callie and take her into their folds. Each shop in the town has a charm of its own as do the residents of the town. I kind of liked Callie. Life gets overwhelming for her at a point when she decides to take a break. Haven’t we all had that feeling? Her refusal to take her aunt’s death as an accident kind of shows her presence of mind even in a shocking situation. As she hunts for the truth we see a side of her that is smart, intelligent and warm.

The style of storytelling suits the genre of cozy mysteries. It sets up the backdrop to perfection, develops a bunch of characters who start to feel like a family and a protagonist who is thoroughly likeable. The charming narrative only adds to the story. There are enough clues sprinkled in the pages for the readers to play along a game of whodunnit. 

A charming and enjoyable read.

Review Copy received via NetGalley

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a very cozy mystery. I haven't read something like that in a while and this sounds good!
    Thanks for sharing :)