Friday, October 13, 2023

Murder by the Seashore (A California Bookshop Mystery) by Samara Yew ~ #CozyMystery #Review @samarayewauthor

Murder by the Seashore (A California Bookshop Mystery) by Samara Yew

About Murder by the Seashore:

Murder by the Seashore (A California Bookshop Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Setting - California

Crooked Lane Books (October 17, 2023)

Hardcover: ‎ 256 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1639104933

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1639104932

Digital ASIN: ‎ B0BSKSHZF5

Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Ellery Adams, Scarlett Gardner’s dream was to open a bookshop in Southern California, but it soon becomes a nightmare when she finds the dead body of a customer—and becomes the prime suspect.

Southern California is where dreams come true—or so Scarlett Gardner thought. When she moved there and opened the Palm Trees and Page Turners bookshop, she thought her boyfriend and business partner would be part of the story. When he leaves her for a better job, Scarlett finds herself struggling to keep her new business afloat. That’s not the only thing she has to worry about—she discovers something underneath the pier by her bookshop that she didn’t outline for her life’s story: the dead body of a book-buying customer.

After Scarlett gives a statement to the police, she thinks her life can go back to business as usual. But when a lawyer, representing someone named Lorelai Knight, tells Scarlett that she now stands to inherit a small fortune, she’s left with more questions than answers. Before she can make sense of any of it, the police bring her in for questioning; the body she found was Lorelai Knight. And the evidence they have against Scarlett doesn’t look good. Business is booming as Scarlett returns to Palm Trees and Page Turners, but for all the wrong reasons – curious tourists don’t want books, they want a glimpse of the Bookshop Killer.

Who could really be behind all of this? And why frame Scarlett? To clear her name, she’s going to have get creative—and hope she can remain one page ahead of the killer.
My Review:

Murder by the Seashore is a fantastic cozy mystery. I love the beach setting and the main character's occupation. Bookstore at the beach? Yes, please.

I enjoyed trying to unravel the murder mystery. Every time I thought I had things all figured out, the author tossed in a complication that caused me to shift gears. This story is engaging, fast-paced, flows well, and the keeps the reader on their toes. The red herrings tossed along the way keep the reader guessing.

The story was quick and easy to read. I loved the dialogue between the characters. The conversations were fluid and conversational. The author does a great job creating a world that grabs the reader and pulls them in, keeping them engaged from start to finish. The characters are vibrant and exciting.

I really enjoyed Murder by the Seashore.

I was provided a copy of this book to read.

My Rating:

About Samara Yew:

Samara Yew is a cozy mystery author who writes about adorable bookshops and dead bodies. A full-time mom, full-time dog servant, and part-time writer, Samara lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she can often be found watching Psych reruns. Samara loves to travel, especially visiting her husband’s home country of Singapore or donning Mickey ears in Disneyland. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers. 


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