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Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
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Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
5th in Series
Publisher : WoodHaven Press (October 18, 2021)
Number of Pages: Approx 200
Convinced that the elderly lady in her care didn’t die of natural causes, Macy’s friend Della determines to look into the broken relationships surrounding the woman. She books a Halloween-themed getaway at a local inn and talks Macy into coming along with her to spy on her prime suspect.
As they join a ghost tour of the candlelit town, Macy and Della feel their guide is a little too fanatical as he shares his spooky tales. He tells the story of the Greenbrier ghost, a newlywed who supposedly came back from the grave to tell her family that her husband murdered her.
When a disturbing apparition makes its presence known, guests at the inn become apprehensive…and for good reason, because soon after, a young bride turns up dead. Although everything points to a copycat killer replicating the historical Greenbrier murder, Macy has her doubts. She’s discovered that the inn harbors secrets of its own, and when she pokes into one darkened corner too many, she might not stand a ghost of a chance.
Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.
The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series in order:
My review of Trouble Brewing
Have you ever been on a ghost walk or tour? I took one in Marietta, OH, and it was so much fun! In Trouble Brewing, Macy and her good friend Della take a Halloween weekend trip to a nearby inn after Della shares her concerns about the death of a woman under her care. During this trip, they, along with others staying at the inn, go on a frightful ghost tour. What happens? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
The Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery Series has quickly become one of my favorite cozy series. Though you can read each book on its own, I highly recommend you read them in order. Trouble Brewing, along with the first four books, is a page-turner that you won’t want to put down, so you’ll get through them all very quickly! Trouble Brewing is mainly centered around main character Macy Hatfield, and the other books will give you the background of all of the delightful characters in the series.
Macy is a very strong character who has been through a lot in her life. She’s made a huge success of the “Barks” section of the cafe. Her brother Bo created the cafe so his sister could move back to their hometown. I don’t have brothers, but I’m not sure my sisters would do that for me! (I mean, they do love me, but as the oldest sister, they’d probably think I’d be bossing them around…)
The woodsy, sort of creepy area the Greenbrier Inn occupies is perfect. There are a couple of abandoned buildings on the property that make perfect snooping grounds for Macy and Della. Lots of private gardens surround the inn too. It’s an excellent atmosphere for a cozy mystery.
Of course, the best thing about Trouble Brewing is the mystery! There are lots of clues for us to follow though many lead to dead ends. Quite literally on occasion. I didn’t know who the culprit was until almost the very end! It’ll keep you guessing.
I highly recommend Trouble Brewing! It got all of the elements a cozy should have. It’s well-crafted, perfectly clean, has wonderful characters, and a baffling mystery! You’re going to love it!
About Heather Day Gilbert
Award-winning novelist Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing mysteries and Viking historicals. She brings authentic family relationships to the page, and she particularly delights in heroines who take a stand to protect those they love. Avid readers say Heather’s realistic characters—no matter what century—feel like best friends. When she’s not plotting stories, this native West Virginia gal can often be found hanging out with her husband and four children, playing video games, or reading Agatha Christie novels.
GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57544484-trouble-brewing
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