Saturday, February 9, 2019

Corned Beef and Casualties - Cozy Mystery Review

Rating: Good
Source:  NetGalley

Jill Gardner’s store, Coffee, Books, and More, is raking in the green as her little coastal town holds a big festival for St. Patrick’s Day. But the locals aren’t exactly feeling the luck of the Irish, thanks to the rowdy behavior of some of the tourists who are pouring in.

Then a woman who just visited Jill’s shop is found dead near the shore. The fireworks display on the beach may have already happened, but the real fireworks have just begun . . .

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:
  This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I love that this is a St. Patrick's Day themed mystery.

My Impression:
  This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series.  I love the town, the community, and especially Jill and Greg.  My only issue is that I keep hoping for a full length mystery and while I enjoy a novella it just isn't quite the same.

This was a quick read and I really enjoyed the St. Patrick's Day setting.  I don't think I'd enjoy the festival but it definitely made a great place for a murder.  With so many new people in town and all the chaos and the drinking it's hard to find witnesses and Greg is pulled in all kinds of directions keeping the peace.  So of course Jill has to do a little investigating on her own.  She doesn't really stick her neck to far out and never drifts into to stupid to live territory.  I like that Greg respects her opinion but at the same time tries to discourages her from investigating.  The mystery itself wrapped up a little too quickly and I would've liked it fleshed out a little more but that's part of the issue with novellas in general.  Despite that this was a fun mystery and if you're new to the series it would be a fun introduction.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?
  Of course!  Lynn Cahoon is an auto buy for me.

Would I Recommend this Book?
  I would though I would recommend the full length mysteries in this series more.

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


  1. I avoid novellas mostly, although in a favourite series and you know the characters well, then its always like a little pleasure.

  2. I would like to give this series a try one of these days. I tend to prefer full length novels over novellas too. There is never quite enough, and I often want more.

  3. I think Lynn Cahoon has some of the best cozy titles!