Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery Publisher: Henery Press Date of Publication: March 24, 2020
Number of Pages: 252 SCROLL DOWN FOR THE GIVEAWAY!
Romance is in the air. Or on the ‘gram, anyway. When an influencer-turned-bridezilla shows up at the lighthouse to capture Insta-perfect wedding photos designed to entice sponsors to fund her lavish wedding, Gethsemane has her hands full trying to keep Eamon from blasting the entire wedding party over the edge of the cliff. Wedding bells become funeral bells when members of the bride’s entourage start turning up dead. Frankie’s girlfriend, Verna, is pegged as maid-of-honor on the suspect list when the Garda discover the not-so-dearly departed groom was her ex and Gethsemane catches her standing over a body. Gethsemane uncovers devilish dealings as she fights to clear Verna, for Frankie’s sake. Will she find the killer in time to save Frankie from another heartbreak? Or will the photos in her social media feed be post-mortem?
Since joining the Lone Star Book Blog team, I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the books in this series, so this year, I was finally able to read one, and I am so glad that I did! Though this is the fifth book in the series, I never felt that I was missing anything, but I will definitely be returning to the previous installments to spend some more time with Gethesmane and this fascinating life she has built in Ireland.
Amid these challenging times, if you are looking for a wholly new place to escape to, then look no further than the quaint Irish village of Dunmullach. The picturesque descriptions create such a captivating and atmospheric story that you will truly feel like you are in fact walking among the characters. Everything from the cliffs, the lighthouse, the church to the community itself are all captured in such intricate detail as to truly bring this rich setting to life. And it certainly isn’t hard to imagine just how beautiful the Instagram photos would be!
Gethesmane is the perfect amateur sleuth to walk with through the story. She’s charismatic enough to get people talking even when they don’t really want to, inquisitive enough to try her hand at solving a mystery in the first place, and stubborn enough to find herself in some very precarious and dangerous situations. Her sidekick, Eamon, a ghost stuck on this side of the after-life, brings some levity and the right amount of common sense to fashion together the perfect crime-solving duo. This clever plot has great use of red herrings to keep you guessing until the very end, but add in a lot more than just a dalliance into the occult, and the twists keep coming! But ultimately, the story’s cast of shady characters with all of their convoluted and conflicted relationships is intensely fascinating to read about and unravels into an unforgettable and grisly conclusion that should not be missed!
The author’s deft storytelling created an unsettling, suspenseful, and slow-burning mystery that is so well done as to rival the great mystery writers of our time. This is definitely a series that will be highly recommended as an example of a great place to start with cozy mysteries. An absolutely fantastic and well done story that I can’t wait to go back to with the first book! I’m so glad I had the chance to read this one and look forward to reading more.
Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for providing me with a free copy of the book. This is my honest and thoughtful opinion.
A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon won her first writing prize in the 6th grade. She continued writing through college but put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. She established her medical career then returned to writing fiction. Raised in the southeast, schooled in the northeast, she relocated to the west where she completed Southern Methodist University’s Writer’s Path program. She admits Texas brisket is as good as Carolina pulled pork. She practices medicine in North Chicago, IL. She enjoys the symphony, art collecting, embroidery, and ghost stories.
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