Monday, June 6, 2022

Review: Something Shady at Sunshine Haven (The Accidental Detective) by Kris Bock (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


Something Shady at Sunshine Haven (The Accidental Detective) by Kris Bock

About Something Shady at Sunshine Haven


Something Shady at Sunshine Haven (The Accidental Detective) 

Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 

Setting - Arizona 

Tule Publishing (April 7, 2022) 

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 324 pages 

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 195489449X 

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1954894495 

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B097WJYYBZ

She’s pursued the most dangerous news stories around the world. But can she survive going home? 

Injured in a bombing, war correspondent Kate Tessler returns to her hometown in Arizona to recover. For the first time in her life, she's starting to feel her age of nearly fifty despite living like a teenager again: staying in her childhood bedroom with only a cat for company, trying to understand why her sister resents her so much, and running into people who still refer to her as Kitty. The hardest part? Seeing her once-sharp and witty mother stuck in an Alzheimer's unit. 

When an old friend asks her to investigate suspicious deaths at the nursing home, Kate limps into action. Is a self-appointed "Angel of Mercy" killing patients to end their suffering? Are family members hastening their inheritance? Is an employee extorting money and removing the witnesses? Kate uses her journalism skills to track clues, but the puzzle pieces simply won’t fit. 

If Kate can't uncover the truth quickly, her mother could be next on the killer's list.

My Review

War correspondent, Kate Tessler, had been injured on the job in a bombing.  She goes to her hometown in Arizona to recuperate.  At almost fifty years, Kate can’t believe she’s back in her childhood home and arguing with her sister.  To add to her difficulties, her mother is now living at Sunshine Haven in the Alzheimer’s unit.

Upon Kate’s arrival to town, an old friend contacts her.  She happens to be the director of Sunshine Haven and she needs Kate’s help.  She suspects that someone might be killing off patients at the nursing home.  She begs Kate to investigate.  With her mother being one of those patients, Kate can’t help but to jump right into this investigation.

This is the first book in a new mystery series, “The Accidental Detective”.  The characters are well-developed right from the start.  I loved Kate’s strength and determination.  When the odds are against her, she doesn’t care and keeps right on going.  She has much help from family, some acquaintances and a few friends.  Kate’s relationship with her father is very sweet.

This is a fast-paced book that keeps you thinking.  There were a couple of different ways the story could have went, but the author did a great job in wrapping it up and giving us an exciting finale.  It’s a great jump start for this new series.  I will anxiously awaiting the second book.

For Reading Challenges:
Literary Escapes Reading Challenge 2022 (Arizona)
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2022

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


About Kris Bock

Kris Bock writes novels of mystery, suspense, and romance, many with outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes. Get a free Accidental Detective short story and bonus material when you sign up for her newsletter. You’ll also get a free 30-page sweet romance set in the world of the Furrever Friends cat café and a printable copy of the recipes mentioned in the cat café novels

Kris is also writing a series with her brother, scriptwriter Douglas J Eboch, who wrote the original screenplay for the movie Sweet Home Alabama. Follow the crazy antics of Melanie, Jake, and their friends a decade before the events of the movie. Sign up for our romantic comedy newsletter and get Felony Melanie Destroys the Moonshiner’s Cabin. Or find the books on Amazon US or All E-book retailers

Find Kris: Website Blog GoodReads Author Page BookBub Amazon US Author page or Amazon UK page. Twitter Instagram TikTok Facebook Pinterest 

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  1. Thanks! Great to be here. And many thanks for the review.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this. It certainly sounds like fun.


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