3.5/5 Shrimp Cookouts
On The Back:
The national bestselling author of Caught Read-Handed revisits Fort Myers Beach, Florida, where the proprietors of a local bookstore café occasionally take a stab at solving murder…
At their seaside Read ‘Em and Eat bookstore café, Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield offer fresh scones, great books, and excellent detective work…
With their book club season wrapping up with The Florida Life of Thomas Edison, Sassy and Bridgy decide to take their group on a day trip to the beautiful Edison and Ford Winter Estates. Hiring driver Oscar Frieland, who’s known for his colorful stories and love of the café’s Robert Frost fruit tartlets, the bibliophiles set off for a day of sunshine and history.
After a lovely excursion, the club returns to the café for lunch and a book discussion, but the group falls silent after Oscar is found dead in his van. The sheriff’s deputies have some questions of their own for the group, and if the ladies don’t find some answers soon, the next book they read might be from a prison library.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Berkley and Netgalley. All thoughts stated in this review are entirely my own.*
This is series is one of the series currently in danger of being cancelled by Berkley. It’s an honest-to-goodness shame that that’s the case because this series has so much potential! So, please go out and buy the first, second, or third book in this series and give it a chance. I truly believe that, given a few more books, this series will shine.
This book started slow for me; I honestly found the first 1/3 tedious, however after that the book started gaining momentum and the last third of the book was a solid 4 star read. Because of that I settled for a 3.5 star rating.
Sassy is an absolutely stand-out character. She jumps a little too eagerly into investigations, but in the end it works because Sassy jumps headfirst into everything. This book was slightly different in the fact that it didn’t merely focus on the mystery, it also had a strong secondary plotline of Sassy and Bridgy’s relationships with their mothers. Ir added a lot to the story and I hope that if this series continues we see more of the mothers.
The mystery was very solid. The killer took me by surprise and I loved the events leading up to the unveiling! The setting is beautiful as always. I’d absolutely love to visit the herb farm Sage went to!
Overall a solid book that I enjoyed. I will read another one and I recommend that you help #saveourcozies by buying one of these books!