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Title: A Country Gift Shop Collection
Author: Vivian Conroy
Publisher: HQ Digital
Published: October 3rd, 2018
I was lucky enough to have read two out of these three books when they were initially released as individual books but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed re-reading them and the third book. They all feature Vicky Simmons who is the person acting as detective in each of these enthralling murder mystery stories.
The stories are well plotted, leaving the reader with plenty of clues which sometimes are red herrings, leading you astray, keeping you guessing, but that always make total sense when you know who really did it! The whole area is portrayed brilliantly, brought to life in the imagination of the reader. Each story is a great read in its own right, together the three are a real treat! I can’t recommend this series – and this collection- highly enough. If you enjoy “cosy” murder mystery stories make sure you don’t miss this brilliant series – and anything by this very talented author. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by her and can’t wait to read anything new she writes in future.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Glen Cove is a rather murderous place.
Dead to Begin With
Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She’s ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine. Little does she know a few old faces are back in Glen Cove, including unrequited teenage crush Michael Danning—having taken over the local Gazette and looking better than ever.
All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She’ll stop at nothing to save Michael…and unmask the real killer!
Grand Prize: Murder!
Inviting the bestselling cosy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!
All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation.
Written into the Grave
Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.
That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…