Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Death by Committee - Cozy Mystery Review

Rating: Good
Source: Publisher

After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery--Aunt Sybil's only known rival is buried in her backyard!

Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil's name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can't help but wonder--can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer's deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:
  I'm a sucker for the inheriting a house after everything comes crashing down (there are more of those than you'd think) and I love a good cozy mystery.  

My Impression:
  This is very much a story involving a few of my favorite things.  I love all the bits that make up this series - a character starting over, an inherited old house, and a giant dog.  I liked Abby though I hope for her sake she learns to say no - especially to the quilt guild - in the future!  Her relationship with her aunt was very special and I could see why she got so involved with the investigation and was insistent that her aunt was innocent.

I enjoyed the mystery very much and liked the community of Snowberry Creek with all the characters in the quilter's guild and other places.  I'm hoping in the future some of the characters (especially Tripp) get a bit more developed and the mystery itself is a bit stronger.  It was as much front and center as I would have preferred.  However, this was a fun start to a new series and one I'm looking forward to continuing.  I especially need more Zeke!  Any book with a big dog like Zeke is automatically going to be a win for me!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?
  Yes!  While not flawless I enjoyed this mystery and am looking forward to seeing the series develop.  

Would I Recommend this Book?
  If you're a fan of a true small town cozy then I think you'll enjoy this series.

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. Sounds like a fun cozy to read. I have a special bond with two of my Aunts so that is nice to see in the book and who doesn't love a big dog? =)


  2. This sounds like the makings of a fun series. I too love the inheriting a house scenario.

  3. Sounds good, like you starting over and inheriting a house that most likely needs work is a fave of mine too.

  4. I like that the MC is part of a quilting guild. The summary line about how the neighbor growls more than the mastiff was an LOL.

  5. Small towns and inherited houses can be a lot of fun!

  6. This sounds good, Katherine. I like the idea of the house, the dog, the mystery. Thanks for a good review!

  7. I'm reading this now and it's so good.