Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery) by Alexis Morgan (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan

About the Book

Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Kensington (January 29, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719530
ISBN-13: 978-1496719539
Digital ASIN: B07CWF6QBL

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?

My Review

Divorcee Abby McCree is ready to start living again after a messy divorce. Sadly, her aunt passes away leaving her estate in Snowberry Creek, Washington to Abby. The estate isn’t in the best shape and even comes with an affectionate dog. Unfortunately for Abby, she must deal with her aunt’s unfinished busness. She’s immediately put in charge of her aunt’s committee, hosts her aunt’s quilting guild, and has to host a huge garage sale fundraiser for them. Oh, did I mention that the estate also comes with a handsome tenant?

To make matters even more crazy, a dead body is found buried in her aunt’s backyard. The body happens to be her aunt’s archrival and is wrapped in her aunt’s quilt. The police immediately place Abby’s aunt at the top of the suspect list. The citizens in the small town of Snowberry Creek readily jump to the same conclusion. Abby is met with some really nasty accusations as the town shuns her for what they think her aunt did.

Abby is determined to clear her aunt’s name and her own, by association, as well. Against the warnings of the local police, Abby and her new dog do their own investigating. They begin to realize there is more going on in this small town than she ever realized.

This is the first book in a new series. I never read anything by this author before, but she crafted an intriguing, quaint, cozy mystery that grabbed my attention right away.

We have a story with a little bit of romance sprinkled through the mystery. The mystery side of the story takes precedence which is exactly how I like my cozy mysteries. The story moved along at a nice, steady pace. The characters were well portrayed and lively.

There were several suspects with many twists and turns. I did have my suspicions of “whodunit” half way through, but the journey to discover the hows and whys of the murder were intriguing.

This series is off to a good start and I’ll definitely be back for the next book.

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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.

About the Author

USA Today Best-selling author Alexis Morgan has always loved reading and now spends her days imagining worlds filled with strong alpha heroes and gutsy heroines. She is the author of over forty-five novels, novellas, and short stories that span a variety of genres: American West historicals (as Pat Pritchard); paranormal and fantasy romances; and contemporary romances. She is excited to say that next year will also see the release of her first cozy mystery series. Alexis has been nominated for several industry awards, including the RITA, the top award in the romance genre.

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  1. I wanted to thank you for the great review of my book today and for supporting my blog tour! I really appreciated it.


  2. This one sounds like a good start to a new series. Often with mysteries I find myself enjoying the hows and whys of the plotline more than just finding out whodunnit!

  3. That sounds good. I like getting in on the start of a series.


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