Come for the cozy, stay for the thrill of it The first in a brand new series: A Gluten Free Mystery Mona Reilly is preparing for the grand opening of Jammin’ Honey, a local Jam and Honey shop, in the small town of Magnolia Falls. Her best friend, Vicki, supplies the shop with honey and homemade lotions, candles and royal jelly. While Mona and Vicki are off taste testing the gluten-free catering the shop mysterious burns down. When a body is recovered from the fire, Vicki’s brother, incidentally the most handsome cop Mona has ever laid eyes on, is assigned to the case. Everyone in town has a motive and it’s up to Mona to solve this sticky situation. (Goodreads)
The characters are well rounded and well developed. I enjoyed getting to know Mona and her best friend Vicki. Mona is a hardworking smart woman who has poured everything into her new shop, Jammin’ Honey. When things do not work out as planned and the shop has a fire, Mona will have to rely on strength she did not even know she possessed to get her life back on track. I enjoyed the friendship between Mona and Vicki, you could tell they cared deeply for each other. Mona was strong about everything that was happening in her life. That is, everything besides Leo, Vicki’s brother and Mona’s forever crush. Then she turned into a high school girl, with all of the insecurities that go along with that.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. She is also very talented in creating small town settings and all of the nosiness and politics that go along with it. The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the story. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through and I did not figure out who the killer was until it was revealed at the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It is a good start to a new series and I am looking forward to reading future books.
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, and that is what this review is.