Plotting for Murder
by Tamra Baumann (Goodreads Author)
Published March 14th 2019
Sawyer Davis’ new life in picturesque Sunset Cove is crumbling around her as fast as the old Victorian house she lives in. She’s a chef whose matchmaking mother has left her a puppy, a bevy of single men to choose from, and a bookshop dedicated to whodunnits. Complete with a book club of amateur sleuths who live for death. When one of the members dies just after eating Sawyer’s amazing truffle mac and cheese, Sawyer is immersed in an even bigger soup pot of trouble.
With her chef’s reputation on the line, and an uncle after her inheritance, Sawyer teams up with the sheriff who once broke her heart—whether he wants her help or not—to solve the mystery. Will past hurts, and long-buried attraction for the sheriff stand in the way of solving the crime before the murderer strikes again?
It has been a couple of days since I read Plotting for Murder. When I came to my computer to review it, I couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was about. Then Sawyer’s magician father came into my mind and “poof” like a magic trick, it all came back to me. I am not saying this to relate that the characters were unforgettable but the title didn’t harken me back to the plot. This had great characterization and flow. They story was complex and fun.
Sawyer’s mother left her a real mystery to solve after her death. This rigamarole was done in order to force Sawyer to stay in Sunset Cove. It was implied there was something monetarily important to find. Sawyer dreamed of opening her own restaurant but now had to settle for preparing food in her mother’s mystery bookstore. If she could find this money or whatever it was, maybe her dreams could be realized
Mysteries weren’t really her forte but she would delve into the search for clues anyway… whatever she had to do to make her dream possible. Her Uncle, and mayor of the town, had a vested interest in this money as well. He wanted it for himself but would continually remind her that anything she found belonged to the Trust and he was in charge of the Trust. Her Uncle was not a nice man. I am not sure how he ever got elected Mayor.
Sawyer’s father was a magician and due to his age, he didn’t do the really amazing tricks of today but the hand magic and props of yesteryear. She was very familiar with such tricks since she grew up learning about them. And these tricks become key when she begins her search.
I don’t want to go into too much detail but this was a pretty great read. And I am hoping the subtitle: Cozy Shop Mystery #1 means that there will be more offerings in this series. Definitely check this one out. Lots of fun magical elements.
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.