Monday, July 24, 2023

A Fatal Groove - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  A Fatal Groove (A Record Shop Mystery #2) by Olivia Blacke

Rating: Really Liked It  (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  It’s springtime in Cedar River, Texas. The annual Bluebonnet Festival is brewing and the whole town is in harmony. Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie thought opening Sip & Spin Records was going to be their biggest hurdle, but the Frappuccino hits the fan when the mayor drops dead―poisoned by their delicious coffee.

Since Tansy was the one to brew the coffee, and Juni was the unfortunate citizen who stumbled upon the mayor’s body, the sisters find themselves in hot water. Family is everything to the Jessups, so with Tansy under suspicion, the sisters spring into action.

Between the town festivities, a good old-fashioned treasure hunt, and an accidental cow in the mix, Juni will have to pull out all the stops to find the mayor’s killer.

Genre:  Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I enjoyed the first book in the series and was curious to see what trouble the sisters would get into next.

My Impression:   I enjoyed my second visit to Cedar River.  The record shop is up and running and the annual Bluebonnet festival is keeping Juni and her sisters busy.  I really enjoyed seeing more of the town and was fascinated by the treasure hunting and the story of the 1956 bank robbery.  I really enjoyed Juni's brother in law's role in the story.  He's a good lawyer but he's also a good brother with a sense of humor.  

The murder happens pretty quickly in the book and the investigation gets moving.   It takes some digging to find out just who would want to killer the mayor and why.  It's also fun to watch the Jessup family go all out to protect Tansy.  I really wasn't sure just who it was until almost the end and I enjoyed spending time in Cedar River while I figured it out.  

This is the second book in a fun and interesting series.  The coffee shop aspect isn't unusual for a cozy but the music/record store adds a fun touch.  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Definitely!  I've really enjoyed both books in this series.

Would I Recommend this Book?  Absolutely!  Since this is only the second book in the series you can also get in early on the series which is always a good thing.

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