Monday, February 12, 2018

Review/Tour-Wide Giveaway: Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery) by Libby Klein (Blog Tour)

Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein

Class Reunions Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 30, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713032

For fortysomething Poppy McAllister, taking a stroll down memory lane in Cape May, New Jersey, isn’t just awkward—it’s deadly.
Newly widowed and stuck in a middle-aged funk, Poppy has been running on cookies, infomercials, and one-sided chats with her cat for months. There’s no way on earth she’s attending her twenty-five-year class reunion—especially after receiving a very bizarre letter from Barbie, the popular cheerleader who taunted her all through high school. At least, not until Poppy’s best friend practically drags her to the event . . .

Using the dreaded homecoming as an excuse to visit her eccentric Aunt Ginny, Poppy vows to leave Cape May with pride and Spanx intact. Too bad Barbie is still the queen of mean at the reunion. And worse, that her dead body is lying right in front of Poppy’s old locker. Singled out as the killer, it’s up to Poppy to confront her past and clear her name. But between protecting her aunt from disaster and tackling a gluten-free diet, can Poppy crack the case before she’s voted “Most Likely to Die” by the murderer?

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

My Review

Life isn’t going well for Poppy McAllister. She’s only in her 40’s and already a widow. The only one she talks to is her cat. When she receives an invitation to her twenty-five year class reunion, she has no intentions on attending, but her best friend convinces her that it would be fun. Although Poppy has her doubts, her friend wears her down and she agrees to return to her hometown of Cape May, New Jersey.

Unfortunately, there are old enemies who haven’t changed at all in 25 years. The nasiest of all is Barbie. Barbie used to be a popular cheerleader and really awful to Poppy and her circle of friends. It turns out that Barbie hasn’t changed at all. The same could be said for Barbie’s group of friends. The class reunion turns out to be more than unpleasant especially when Barbie is found dead in front of Poppy’s old locker. Naturally all eyes turn towards Poppy as the prime suspect. It’s up to her to prove her innocence since the cops are doing nothing except blaming Poppy as well.

This book had the feel of chick lit meets cozy mystery. It’s funny, heartwarming, romantic and mysterious. All blended together in one exciting story. A fast-paced book bringing the heroine to the past, which wasn’t a happy time for her. Combine that with her not so happy present, is much more than any one person should have to handle, but Poppy is stronger than she thinks.

A 25 year old class reunion? Yeah, I’m feeling like Poppy - I wouldn’t want to go. The mean girls, weight gain…her feelings of inadequacy are all realistic. The author nailed this portrayal to perfection. She has created a loveable, unique and realistic heroine. She’s a character many readers can identify with. The added touch of humor made it an enjoyable, clever and intriguing story.

I’m adding the next book in the series to my wishlist. I want to re-visit Poppy now!

For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2018
Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge 2018
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2018 (New Jersey)

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.

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  1. Thank you for the review on "Class Reunions Are Murder" and for being part of the book tour.

    I'd love the chance to read this book!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  2. I've been looking at this one! I like the kind of light quirky cozies every so often and I can't think of a better setting for a murder!


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