Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
While working for a senator in Washington, D.C., Camryn Brooks finds herself in the middle of an embarrassing scandal. As a result, she heads back to her hometown of Brooks Landing, Minnesota. Her adoptive parents need her to take over their Curio Finds shop where they sell unique snow globes. With her adoptive mother having to go through cancer treatments, there is no way Camryn would refuse their request.
Camryn comes up with a fun idea for the shop. She wants to host snow globe-making classes. One of her best friends, Pinky – the owner of the neighboring coffee shop - agrees to host it with her. Things don’t go well in the class as the instructor and some of the students end up arguing. Cami is glad to see the class come to an abrupt end. Before Cami leaves the shop for the evening, she spots an unusual snow globe in her shop - a man sleeping on a park bench. She doesn't recognize it as one of her snow globes and wonders if someone left it behind.
Cami decides to put the class and her shop behind her for the night and go home. She walks through the park alone. Imagine her surprise when she sees a man sleeping on a park bench, very much like the strange snow globe she found. As she gets closer, she notices a knife protruding through his back. Had someone been trying to warn her earlier that evening by leaving the snow globe behind?
Suspicion points directly Cami’s way, not to mention in the direction of her two closest friends. Against everyone’s advice, Cami conducts her own secret investigation to clear her name as well as those she loves dearly.
This is a brand new cozy mystery series. I love getting in on the ground floor of these series and meeting new characters. Cami is a great character, although a bit impulsive and takes unnecessary risks, but don’t all cozy mystery heroines do that? I must admit that I figured out who did it halfway through the book, but I still loved reading through the adventure. It’s a fast-paced story with a cast of characters readers will enjoy meeting.
I think this series has great potential for the long term and I’m very much looking forward to book #2.
For reading challenges:
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2015
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2015
Where are you reading? challenge (Minnesota)
FTC Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.