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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A Call for Kelp (Seaside Cafe Mystery #4) by Bree Baker

A Call for Kelp

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 295 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer

Amazon synopsis: 
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...


4.5 Stars 

This is the fourth book in the Seaside Cafe series by Bree Baker.

The premise:  A Hollywood actress, Mitzi Calgon, who is a friend of Everly’s great aunts, is killed. The woman is in town to save the American Honey Bee and it appears on the surface that it was the bee population that killed her.

Everly owns a tea shop where she makes many speciality teas from scratch daily plus a few foodie items. She has started a blog and it has been successful for her. Recently she has been doing video tutorials which has brought more traffic to her site.

The relationship between Everley and Detective Grady has a been a bit on the tentative side and they really don’t know where they stand after their last kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas. I do like these two together and wish more interaction between the two in the future.

The characters in this are really likable and I enjoyed getting to know them as the book went on. The mystery was just so spot on and that little app thingie her friend gave her to vlog her cooking for her YouTube channel was a great tool that had me on the edge of my seat when it came to the forefront of the mystery at the end of the book. What a great gimmick!

I really love this series and it just keeps getting better. The characters are charming and friendly plus the plot is complex enough that it keeps you guessing until the end. This book really gives the reader a great sense of community that I really like. Definite kudos!

If you want to read 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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