Sunday, June 12, 2022

Review: Jiggered by Gin by Lucy Lakestone


About the Book

Cozy Mystery


Velvet Petal Press

Release Date
March 15, 2022

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A royal pain in the palace …

Mixologist Pepper Revelle and the Bohemia Bartenders land in London for a UK adventure—a gin festival sponsored by dashing distiller Mark Fairman, who wants them to do more than make cocktails. As valuable books mysteriously vanish from his mansion’s luxe library, Mark asks Pepper and her colleague Neil to track down the thief.

But there’s another olive in this martini of mischief. At their frenemy Alastair’s bar, a storied gin palace from Dickens’s time, bizarre break-ins add another mystery to the mix. Pepper and Neil’s sleuthing takes them on a wild ride from the city’s swank watering holes to a fascinating real-life palace as they face deception, devilry and danger.

While Pepper’s tempted by Mark’s extravagant flirting and charmed by his loaner dog, she wonders if hot nerd Neil will stop playing hard to get. But thoughts of love in London seem trivial when murder is poured into the punch. Can they solve multiple mysteries before they’re juiced like a lime in a gin and tonic?

JIGGERED BY GIN is the fourth book in the Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries, funny whodunits with a dash of romance set in a convivial collective of cocktail lovers, eccentrics and mixologists. These quasi-cozy culinary comedies contain a hint of heat, a splash of cursing and shots of laughter, served over hand-carved ice.

My Review

It’s another madcap adventure with mixologist Pepper Revelle and her Bohemia Bartenders.  This time we follow their antics to England where they are surrounded by everything Charles Dickens.  They are attending a gin festival hosted by distillery owner, Mark Fairman. 

Mark has more than just drinks on his mind, though.  Rare books are suddenly missing from his personal library and he wants Pepper and her colleague, Neil Rockaway, to help find them and put the thief behind bars.  However, Pepper and Neil stumble upon secrets that Mark might not want to know about.  When Pepper receives a threatening note and finds a dead body, she thinks there’s much more going on here than some missing books.

The author did a wonderful job of transporting me to London, England.  I was more than ready to have my own gin cocktails.  Lucy Lakestone brings the reader right into the story.

The characters are well-developed and come to life with each page.  Pepper is a favorite of mine although she does have trouble making up her mind about which hot guy she wants.  She doesn’t let that get in the way of her sleuthing, though.  She’s determined to find the answers.

I was quite surprised at how it was all resolved and what a crazy finale.  Very cleverly written.  Although the mystery is solved in this book, I highly recommend starting with the first book in the series.  Each story flows from one book to the next.  There are no cliffhangers in this one, but it does set things up for book #5.  Lakestone gets better and better with each book.  

This book, as well as the previous ones, are pure fun and a joy to read.  There is even a cocktail recipe at the end of the book.  If you like mysteries with a touch of romance, give this series a try.

For reading challenges:

Craving for the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2022

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


  1. The book sounds full of intrigue. Hope you read many more.

  2. I'm not much of a mystery reader, but I adore the cozy titles and covers, and this one is greawt! Glad you enjoyed it!


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