Monday, November 20, 2023

Under the Cocoon Moon: An Olivia Penn Mystery by Kathleen Bailey #Review #CozyMystery

Under the Cocoon Moon: An Olivia Penn Mystery by Kathleen Bailey

About Under the Cocoon Moon:

Under the Cocoon Moon: An Olivia Penn Mystery

Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series

Setting - Virginia

Rhino Publishing LLC (November 7, 2023)

Paperback ‏ : ‎ 394 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1956270094

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1956270099

Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0CJ4898XN

A dead body in the woods … A rare sapphire is missing … The connection changes her life forever.
Olivia Penn is looking forward to spending time with her friends and family over the holidays in her hometown of Apple Station, Virginia. The Christmas season’s spirit has sparked a new romance, and all is looking merry and bright, until she is mistaken for a dead woman.

When a stranger makes a wild accusation involving the parents of the man she’s falling for, Olivia faces a no-win situation. As evidence mounts supporting the claim, a mysterious murder occurs near his father’s cabin that attracts the attention of the FBI. Wedged between mother and son, Olivia investigates to clear his family’s name while matching wits with a legendary thief.

With the clock ticking, Olivia must set a trap using herself as the bait or the killer may disappear without a trace. Her new love hangs in the balance, and her life is on the line. Justice will hinge on sixty minutes and a phone call.

Will the call be answered? Or will the thief recover the sapphire and silence her forever?

If you like Clue, Nancy Drew, and small town, cozy mysteries with heart and humor, a charming cast of characters, and a twisty plot, you’ll love Under the Cocoon Moon, the third book in The Olivia Penn Mystery Series.

My Review:

Under the Cocoon Moon is the third book in the Olivia Penn Mystery series.

Olivia has been back in Apple Station, Virginia less than a year as a local and has settled in nicely. She’s not quite ready to say she’s staying, but she’s also not saying she’s going anywhere. Olivia is at that in-between stage. She does have a love interest and family in Apple Station, though, so that could tip the scales.

Set during the Christmas holiday, the book is fun and festive. That is, until a jewelry heist tosses a wrench in the pleasantries. Things really heat up when the parents of her love interest are implicated. Add in an identity claim about Olivia and her being mistaken for someone who is deceased, as well as a murder that draws in the FBI, and you have an excellent cozy mystery.

The novel pulled me in with excellently written characters who continue to develop throughout the series. The book kept me engaged with a wonderful plot, fitting side stories, and world building that had me visualizing everything. The small-town setting, and everything it has to offer, brings realism to the story.

I was provided a copy of this book.

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About Kathleen Bailey:

Kathleen Bailey is the award-winning author of The Olivia Penn Mystery Series. She writes mysteries with heart and humor that keep to the traditional and cozy sides of crime. Kathleen has degrees in English, psychology, and physical therapy. She previously worked as a pediatric physical therapist for over twenty years with children who have special needs. She now spends her days plotting and sleuthing in Virginia where she lives with her husband and adorable feline fur baby. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the James River Writers. Visit online at

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