Monday, September 2, 2019

Raspberry Chocolate Murder

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Brand new cozy mystery series from the creator of Pelican Cove

**Enraged Baseball Star Murders College Sweetheart**

The past two years have been tough for Anna Butler. Widowed at fifty five and diagnosed with a dreaded illness soon after, she is struggling to keep it all together. Then the license for her dream café is rejected. Anna feels she can’t get a break.

Cassie Butler dropped a glitzy Hollywood life and came home to nurse her mother. Penniless after being duped by her crooked manager, she isn’t striving too hard to rebuild her flagging career. Living with her estranged mother after twenty years is proving to be a challenge.

When a young college girl is found dead in the woods, her boyfriend becomes the top suspect.

Anna agrees to go sleuthing to help her friend’s son, a bright young kid she has watched grow up. As Anna uncovers one clue after another, her faith in the boy begins to waver. Is he really as innocent as he claims to be?

Raspberry Chocolate Murder is the first juicy mystery in a brand new cozy mystery series from international Amazon bestselling author Leena Clover. Set in the small seaside town of Dolphin Bay on the California coast, this is a fast page turner with plenty of twists and turns and luscious food.

If you love strong heroines, small town life, friendships that endure and yummy food that makes your mouth water, you will love Dolphin Bay.

Grab this beach cozy today and start reading.
My Review...

Cute cozy with a lot of underlying twists and turns going on in a little town. Anna, a widow, owns a bookstore and wants to open a café. However, the mayor and others are making it very difficult for her to get the proper permit. As you can imagine in a mystery, someone gets murdered and Anna is asked to help find the murderer. As in most cozies she is helped by a group of friends and her daughter.

This is the beginning of a new series and there are quite a few characters to become familiar with. I think Clover makes the main characters have individual memorable personalities and most of her side characters are defined. Sometimes when you have a lot of characters it can be confusing and yet I think the author has done a good job of keeping things clear here. The plot even has a sub-plot and yet as a reader there was never any confusion. A quick fun read.

As I mentioned this is Book 1 of a new series named “Dolphin Bay Cozy Mystery Series”. Leena Clover is also the author of the popular series titled “Pelican Cove Mystery Series”. All have good reviews. Check them out. 

Read an Excerpt:

Life had dealt Cassie a few hard blows. She was still reeling from the last one. Her crooked manager had absconded with most of her hard earned money, leaving her with a big tax bill. The coveted golden knight otherwise called an Oscar award lay forgotten at the back of her sock drawer. When she won the award at 21, it had been her crowning glory. At 36, it looked like it was going to be her swan song. Cassie wasn’t sure if she cared much either way.

She stepped out of the pool and settled into her favorite cabana, letting the sun dry her. Her phone chirped and her face lit up as her best bud’s face flashed on the screen.

“It’s about time,” she said with a pout, activating the video feature on the phone.

A buff, bare-chested man blew a kiss at her and laughed. It was hard to tell he was ten years younger.

“Don’t sulk, Cassie. It will give you wrinkles.”

Cassie straightened her mouth immediately and smiled. “So when are you getting here, Bobby? I have great plans for us.”

About the Author: Leena Clover is the international bestselling author of the popular Pelican Cove cozy mystery series.

An avid reader herself, Leena grew up reading mystery books. Some of her favorite authors are Agatha Christie and M C Beaton. Now she is trying her hand at writing whodunnits, making them as nail biting as possible while keeping them cozy.

Her love for food is evident in all her books. Readers can find yummy treats in the pages of her books, along with friends that last a lifetime.

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