Monday, October 25, 2021

Getaway with Murder - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Getaway with Murder (Mountain Lodge Mysteries #1) by Diane Kelly

Rating: Liked It!
Source:   Publisher

Description:  As if hitting the half-century mark wasn’t enough, Misty Murphy celebrated her landmark birthday by amicably ending her marriage and investing her settlement in a dilapidated mountain lodge at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With the old inn teetering on both a bluff and bankruptcy, she must have lost her ever-loving mind.

Luckily, handyman Rocky Crowder has a knack for rehabbing virtual ruins and for doing it on a dime, and to Misty’s delight, the lodge is fully booked on opening night, every room filled with flexible folks who’d slipped into spandex and ascended the peak for a yoga retreat with plans to namastay for a full week. Misty and her guests are feeling zen—at least until the yoga instructor is found dead.

With a killer on the loose and the lodge’s reputation hanging in the balance, Misty must put her detective-skills to the test. Only one thing is as clear as a sunny mountain morning—she must solve the crime before the lodge ends up, once again, on the brink.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've enjoyed other books by this author so I couldn't resist the beginning of a new series.  

My Impression: This is a fun setup.  I liked Misty and the concept of the inn.  I liked that she's a bit older then the typical cozy heroine and that while she is happily divorced her ex-husband isn't evil.  The yoga retreat is a perfect setup for murder.  There are a lot of connections and issues between the attendees that could lead to murder as well as regular motives like robbery and seeing something you shouldn't.  

There's a lot of setup in this one and getting to know the characters which does put the mystery on the backburner.  As well with all the detail throughout the ending ended up feeling rushed.  I enjoy the author's writing style and her way of building characters and settings.  The series has a lot of potential for interesting mysteries and romance and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Definitely.  I've really enjoyed previous books by this author and I can't wait to see where this series goes.  

Would I Recommend this Book? If you like cozies with developed characters and interesting settings 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. *