Wednesday, September 21, 2022

A Death in Door County - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  A Death in Door County (A Monster Hunter Mystery #1) by Annelise Ryan

Rating:  Really Liked It! (4.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Morgan Carter, owner of the Odds and Ends bookstore in Door County, Wisconsin, has a hobby. When she's not tending the store, she's hunting cryptids--creatures whose existence is rumored, but never proven to be real. It's a hobby that cost her parents their lives, but one she'll never give up on.

So when a number of bodies turn up on the shores of Lake Michigan with injuries that look like bites from a giant unknown animal, police chief Jon Flanders turns to Morgan for help. A skeptic at heart, Morgan can't turn down the opportunity to find proof of an entity whose existence she can't definitively rule out. She and her beloved rescue dog, Newt, journey to the Death's Door strait to hunt for a homicidal monster in the lake--but if they're not careful, they just might be its next victims.

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've been wanting to read this author for awhile and I can never resist the first book in a cozy series.

My Impression:  I'm pretty straight forward when it comes to my cozies.  I don't mind an occasional ghost or two but much more than that an I'm usually out.  Because of that I almost passed on this one.  I'm so glad I didn't because it was an absolute delight!  

I love Morgan as a main character and Newt is a delight as a doggy side kick.   The Odds and Ends store is incredibly intriguing and her back story is both incredibly sad but also leaves space for a mystery to resurface later.  Devon and Rita are her two store employees and make a great team both as investigative and personal support.  I also liked Jon.  While he and Morgan have very different professions they are both open minded and logical investigators and I enjoyed how they worked together.

I flew through this mystery and enjoyed every moment of it.  I loved the characters, was completely wrapped in the plot and was sorry to get to the last page.  I'm already looking forward to the next book!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author?  Absolutely!  I really enjoyed this one and want to read more from this author.

Would I Recommend this Book?   Definitely!  Even if you're not a big fan of monsters I think you'll enjoy this cozy as much as I did.

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


  1. I like this premise. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

  2. We reviewed this on the same day! I liked it too.

  3. I so want to read this one! Cryptids, a mystery, and a bookstore....all things I love in a book. :D

  4. It sounds really good. Hmm Cryptids, not sure about them. Don't mind a ghost or two in a cozy, to me they add a bit of fun.

  5. I love the sound of this one! And I'm very happy to see you gave it such a high rating, that means I will probably really enjoy it too.

    Going to take a closer look on Goodreads!

    Elza Reads

  6. I've been seeing this one all over the place, but yours is the first review of it I've read. I'm happy to see how much you enjoyed it.