I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Mother's Day, Muffins, and Murder (A Mom Zone Mystery #10) by Sara Rosett
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on March 28th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Reading Challenges: Craving for Cozies
With summer approaching, Ellie Avery s schedule is ruled by attending end-of-the-year events at her kids school and avoiding run-ins with her arch competitor. When a murder disrupts the core curriculum, can the two women form an alliance to teach the killer a lesson in justice?" As a regular volunteer at North Dawkins Elementary, Ellie would never miss the annual Mother's Day breakfast even if she has to tolerate the likes of Gabrielle Matheson. The rivals aren't exactly sworn enemies, although Ellie still thinks there's only room for one professional organizer in their small Georgia town. But when Ellie sees Gabrielle in the hallway, she s a mess. It looks like Gabrielle s seen a ghost or, as she explains, a dead body inside the supply closet. Before Ellie can get help the body vanishes . . . only to mysteriously reappear later at the school. Little is known about the victim, a secretive snoop with a nosy nature and a penchant for keeping quiet about her own past. Ellie will leave no desk unturned to protect her kids and expose the cunning criminal s identity. Because if she doesn t, the killer may chalk up another textbook case of murder . . . Don t miss Ellie Avery s great tips for PTA moms! Praise for Sara Rosett and her Ellie Avery mysteries Some cozies just hit on all cylinders, and Rosett s Ellie Avery titles are among the best. "Library Journal" MILKSHAKES, MERMAIDS, AND MURDER Rosett s latest Ellie Avery mystery is about a woman trying to protect her family, and that s a message most of us can relate to. "RT Book Reviews, "4 1/2 stars MISTLETOE, MERRIMENT, AND MURDER Intriguing characters, a strong setting, more than a dash of humor and a suspenseful plot that keeps us guessing until the end . . . Yet, what places air force wife Ellie Avery at the top of my list are the poignant descriptionsof what military families face every day. Katherine Hall Page MIMOSAS, MISCHIEF, AND MURDER A winning mystery . . . a rumor of hidden money, secret letters from a famous recluse, a fire, a threatening message, and a crazed gunman add to the cozy mischief. "Publishers Weekly" MAGNOLIAS, MOONLIGHT, AND MURDER Engaging nifty party tips help keep the sleuthing on the cozy side. "Publishers Weekly" GETTING AWAY IS DEADLY " "Keeps readers moving down some surprising paths and on the edge of their chairs until the very end. "Cozy Library"
Since I’ve been in a cozy mystery mood lately, I was very excited to be able to review this thanks to Kensington Publishing Corp! Then I realized that it was book 10 in the series and I instantly regretted requesting it. Fortunately, from word one, the book is fun, clever, and interesting.
This could be read as a stand alone but I am even more curious in the rest of the series. Being new to the series, I did feel like I wasn’t quite getting all the information about Ellie. It’s easy to tell that this isn’t a book one but there was enough in it to not feel like I was missing anything and there were only enough details to let me in on the surrounding details, not so many details that the story was bogged down.
Ellie is a mother of two with a hubby in the military. She’s fierce! She can make muffins but can also stand up to detectives that suspect her of murder. Fortunately, this go around she’s not high on the suspect list but her conversation with the police was funny. Minus the fact that it was about a dead body!
And I love the fact that the mystery starts at 6%. Many cozy mysteries wait until a plot is nearly fully formed to dig into a murder. This started the day with the school and everything that was happening and BAM murder!
The downside is that I had my curiosity built up so I was putting together the clues and was able to pick out a prime suspect before 40%. I think this is pretty early. Although there are not many clues by this point, there were some things that stood out and made it pretty obvious.
That is the only downside though. This went fast, was a fun read, full of surprises and laughs, even while Ellie is trying to help solve a murder. There are a lot of characters, which makes me want to go back and start from the beginning even more.
In short: Great cozy mystery that fits into the genre well. Can be read without reading the nine prior, but it’s probably more fun to read them all!
|Overall:||4.1 / 5|
The first Ellie Avery mystery, MOVING IS MURDER, was a Reader’s Choice Award Nominee in 2007 at the Salt Lake County Library and received a Distinguished Honor Award from the Military Writers Society of America. Sara’s essays have also appeared in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE MILITARY WIFE’S SOUL and magazines such as THE WRITER, GEORGIA MAGAZINE, and MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE.
Sara loves all things bookish, considers dark chocolate a daily requirement, and is on a quest for the best bruschetta. Connect with Sara at www.SaraRosett.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.
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