Tuesday, November 14, 2023

#Review ~ Deacon of the Dead: A Second Chance Inn Cozy Mystery by MJ O'Neill #CozyMystery #Zombies @MJONeillAuthor

 Deacon of the Dead: A Second Chance Inn Cozy Mystery by MJ O'Neill

About Deacon of the Dead: 

Deacon of the Dead

 A Second Chance Inn Cozy Mystery

Cozy Mystery

1st in Series

Setting - Georgia

Sweet Devotions (October 10, 2023)

Print length ‏ : ‎ 274 pages

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CK6LN21S

Come Sit a Spell in Clinton, Georgia. Home to Southern Sass, Romance, Murder, and (Fake) Zombie Fun - a charming cozy mystery book series from award-winning author MJ O'Neill

Who Knew Fake Zombies Could Stir Up Such Real Trouble?

When Harmony Holt’s daddy lands in the hospital putting their family inn on the brink of foreclosure, she’s dragged back to her quirky hometown, Clinton, Georgia, with an unconventional rescue plan: zombies. Well, zombie tours to be precise. As autumn unveils its colors, she concocts a daring plan to intertwine the town's newfound fame as film site for the hit TV show Walker, Zombie Ranger with it's upcoming fall festival, all to save her family’s legacy—and ideally, while dodging any awkward encounters with her ex, Seth.

But when Deacon Miller, a vocal opponent of her undead tourism idea, is found murdered in the middle of her zombie-fueled grand opening, shot with her inn’s gun, no less, she’s in a heap of trouble on both fronts. Now, with her tour permit hanging by a thread, land snatchers are clamoring for a piece of her property, and the local businesses that banked on her venture are in the lurch. To top it off, she’s prime suspect in the Deacon’s murder. Her sole beacon of hope? Sheriff Seth Johnson, her ex.

Is it a Second Chance at Love or a Second Chance for Murder? Dive into this fall treat by award-winning author MJ O'Neill, a unique blend of cozy mystery and romance, sprinkled with Southern sass and autumn charm. Can Harmony save her family legacy and find where her heart truly belongs, or are some secrets better kept whispered in regrets?

My Review:

Deacon of the Dead is the first book in the Second Chance Inn series by MJ O'Neill. Set in the south, Harmony Holt comes back to Clinton, Georgia to help her injured father keep their home from foreclosure. Her plan involves revitalization of the Second Chance Inn and a few zombies. Stemming from Clinton's location for the shooting of TV show Walker, Zombie Ranger, Harmony unveils a new venture - zombies. One of the local religious sects, however, is disgruntled by Harmony's undead tourism plan. When the most vocal of the group, Deacon Miller, is found dead, Harmony becomes suspect number one.

I love Deacon of the Dead. Harmony, Seth, Wade, and the rest of crew are great characters. The setting is fun, and I love the zombie tourism idea. Harmony has a lot to lose in Deacon of the Dead and makes it her mission to clear herself as a suspect. Harmony is a new favorite amateur sleuth. I enjoyed her character, sassiness, and determination. The book is filled with twists and turns, and I enjoyed traveling the path with Harmony, as she unraveled the murder of Deacon.

I was provided a copy of the book.

My Rating:

About MJ O'Neill:

MJ O’Neill
is an award-winning author, entrepreneur, and literacy advocate.

Her love of mysteries started as a dyslexic child who relied on Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden to get through the dreaded book report. Now, she is a fierce advocate for literacy and stands firm against literary censorship.

Her professional writing adventure began when she owned a chocolate factory where writing mysteries was a safer bet than “murdering customers”. Currently, you might spot MJ rambling around the Pacific Northwest in her jeep, with her teenager and fierce Yorkie, on the hunt for bigfoot and her next captivating tale.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. The book 1.5 is out this week and the the third (my favorite in the series) comes out Jan 2nd.

    1. You're welcome! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.