Midnight Snacks are Murder by Libby Klein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Midnight Snacks are Murder is the sophomore follow-up to Libby Klein’s first Poppy McAllister Mystery, Class Reunions are Murder. Poppy has decided to settle in New Jersey to help Aunt Ginny convert her Victorian home into a Bed & Breakfast. Amid the construction, a neighborhood vandal has cropped up. The thief is breaking into homes in the middle of the night and eating snacks found in the kitchens and then taking a memento from the homes. When it’s discovered that the snack and memento bandit is none other than Aunt Ginny, Poppy has to figure out how to get a handle on things.
The situation goes from bad to worse though, when a local counselor for troubled teens is found dead in the middle of the thief’s latest B & E. Poppy knows that the meds Aunt Ginny has just begun taking are making her a sleepwalker – NOT a killer. So, while planning the remodel, trying to get settled into the new area, dealing with her mother-in-law who is now on premises, and getting a new business started, Poppy has another murder to solve.
Book two is just as wonderful as book one. Midnight Snacks are Murder pulled me in and kept me engaged from the very beginning. The author put a lot of thought and research into this book concerning both Poppy’s life but the life of her Aunt Ginny. Poppy is a wonderful main character. She’s not perfect, not supermodel thin, yet has a personality that is awesome. She’s a very realistic character, kind of a pushover when it comes to her mother-in-law, and funny. This book is full of wit, snark, and humor. Poppy’s Aunt Ginny is a such a quirky character, too. I loved her antics.
The strong character development and world building continues in Midnight Snacks are Murder. The book is written with realism that I could feel. I love how the author continues to develop Poppy. She uprooted herself from where she lived with her husband and took on the caretaker role for Aunt Ginny – who is healthy and spry but needs a little bit of looking after. She changes her diet, meets a new flame and reunites with an old flame, and begins new business ventures. The author takes these themes and combines them into one fantastic book.
This book is fun and a must read for all cozy mystery enthusiasts.
I was given a copy of this book to read.
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Release Date: July 31, 2018
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