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Monday, March 16, 2020

Death of a Blueberry Tart (Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mystery #12) by Lee Hollis



Death of a Blueberry Tart
by Lee Hollis 

Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 1st 2020 by Kensington Books




Goodreads synopsis: 
It may not be front page news, but Island Times food and cocktails columnist Hayley Powell and crime reporter Bruce Linney are now happily married. Before they can set sail on their honeymoon cruise, however, Hayley's mom, Sheila, pays an impromptu visit—and promptly becomes the prime suspect in a murder.

The victim is Sheila's old high school rival, Cassie Lemon-Hogg, known for her homemade blueberry pies and her home-wrecking flirtations. As Hayley teams up with her BFFs Liddy and Mona to clear her mother's name, Sheila reunites with Liddy's mom Celeste and Mona's mom Jane for their own amateur sleuthing. The race is on between the moms and the daughters to find out who served this blueberry tart her just desserts . . .

Includes seven delectable recipes from Hayley’s kitchen!

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5 Stars

This is the twelfth book in the Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails mystery series by Lee Hollis.

I am totally becoming the biggest Lee Hollis fan. A few of my most favorite and memorable reads have come from Hollis lately. I resonated with Hayley’s situation as her mother’s sudden appearance on their doorstep had them cancelling their much awaited cruise vacation. Then her mom’s old high school rival is killed and Sheila is suspect number.

Hayley’s mom seemed to attract trouble. Not sure how she wasn’t in jail more often in the town where she lives currently. Maybe being around her daughter is giving her some negative karma. I loved how the older generation were the ones going out and causing havoc while the younger generation went around bailing them out of jail. Too funny.

I also loved the relationship between Hayley and Bruce. And those little news clippings between chapters were so fun and informative. Loved them too! I mean, it was just a love fest  all around reading this book. Can’t recommended it more highly.

If you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.



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