I anxiously await new releases in the Seaside Cafe Mystery Series! If you read this series, I’ll bet you do too. The wait for book four is over, and A Call for Kelp is here today! Happy Book Birthday!
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A Call for Kelp
by Bree Baker
Series: Seaside Café Mysteries (Book 4)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (May 26, 2020)
It’s sink or swim for Everly with her most bizarre case yet!
Everly Swan is busy as a bee running her beachside iced tea shop, and the small island of Charm, North Carolina is abuzz-Mitzi Calgon, an iconic Hollywood actress, is in town! Everly’s great-aunts are making a documentary about beekeeping and Mira has agreed to help. But when the actress turns up dead, reporters and fans swarm the island, muddying the water and disrupting the peaceful lives of the townspeople.
Everly’s never been good at minding her own beeswax, so she starts following her own leads and combing through the evidence. Then there’s the mystery of Detective Hays-ever since their kiss under the mistletoe, he’s been acting distant. And he’s annoyingly determined to keep Everly away from the case. But when she receives a cryptic warning to “Bee Careful”, Everly realizes that she’s gotten herself into a really sticky situation…
The fourth book in Bree Baker’s Seaside Café Mystery series, readers of Joanne Fluke and Kate Carlisle will love A Call for Kelp!
My review of A Call for Kelp
A Call for Kelp is another winner in the Seaside Cafe Mystery series! As with most cozy mystery series books, you don’t have to have read the other books in the series to enjoy it. However, your enjoyment will greatly increase if you do! And since this is only the fourth book, you voracious readers should be able to catch up quickly.
I love reading well-written, clean cozy mystery books. A Call for Kelp, as well as the other books in the series, fits the bill. Bree Baker’s use of descriptive language transports me to Charm, NC with each book, and I never want to leave. Being in Ohio makes me envious of ocean town residents. Here’s an example: Everly stands on her deck where she re-centers herself “in the stillness, absorbing the blessed white noise of endless rolling waves, inhaling the uniquely seaside scent of sand, salt, and sunblock.” Ahhhh. Perfect.
The characters leap off the page. They make you feel like you could head to Charm and become friends. The main characters continue to endear themselves to you (well, most of them do). Ryan is quickly becoming one of my favorite characters. He’s a reporter, but you’d never know it by the way he dresses. Ryan is annoying, but you can’t help but be charmed by him.
The side characters that popped into Charm for A Call for Kelp are entertaining additions. They are in town for Aunt Clara and Aunt Fran’s bee documentary which is being narrated by former movie star Mitzi Calgon. Mitzi and her movies have a cult following, so when she ends up dead, even more fans head to Charm. Keep an eye out for one particularly quirky character! I have the perfect actor in mind to play him/her (spoilers, sweetie), so this series needs to head to Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. I’ll be the casting director!
A Call for Kelp will keep you turning the pages, make you hungry, and thoroughly entertain you. I highly recommend it!
Reviews of prior books
You can read my reviews of the first three books in the series below:
My mom and sister love this series too! We can’t wait to celebrate the next book birthday!
About Bree Baker
BREE BAKER is a Midwestern writer obsessed with small-town hijinks, sweet tea, and the sea. She’s been telling stories to her friends, family, and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and a recipe she’s sure to ruin. Now she’s working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Café mysteries. Bree is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and the Romance Writers of America. Visit her online at breebaker.com.