I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Libby Klein and her new book Midnight Snacks Are Murder. This is the second book in her A Poppy McAllister Mystery Cozy series. I have read both books in the series and I thought they were great.
Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
2nd in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Digital ASIN: B0776HFC8V
When her sleepwalking aunt is accused of committing murder, Poppy McAllister finds out there’s no rest for the weary . . .
Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her aunt remodel her old Victorian into the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, Poppy is ready to call, “Mayday!” And now Aunt Ginny—who’s a handful wide-awake—is sleepwalking on her new sleeping pill prescription and helping herself to neighbors’ snacks and knickknacks.
Even more alarming, a local humanitarian who worked with troubled teens is found murdered, and the police suspect the “Snack Bandit.” Other than a bad case of midnight munchies and some mild knickknack kleptomania, Aunt Ginny is harmless. Someone’s trying to frame her. Poppy will need to work tirelessly to uncover the killer and put the case to rest—before Aunt Ginny has to trade in her B & B for a bunk bed behind bars . . .
Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Poppy is a hard working caring person. She is willing to do anything to make sure that Aunt Ginny does not spend the rest of her life behind bars for a crime she did not commit. Poppy is a natural born investigator: she is nosy, can be pushy if need be and is persistent. I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Poppy and Aunt Ginny, you can tell how much they love each other. Georgina, Poppy’s former mother-in-law, was a real pain and someone you love to hate. Even Smitty, the contractor, plays a role in this book. And Figaro, Poppy’s cat, is so funny and I think he stole the show. His “fainting” had me laughing through the whole book.
The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. Through much of the book I felt like I was right there at the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, watching the construction take place and listening in on conversations. This helped me to remain engaged throughout the whole story.
I really like that Poppy is not your typical cozy protagonist. She is older than most and she is not athletic or fit and trim. She struggles with her weight (who doesn’t) and she has completely changed her eating habits. She is portrayed realistically and I could see myself being friends with her.
The mystery was well crafted and not easy to solve. There were enough clues to sift through and many suspects to consider. Throw in some twists and turns and you have the ideal mystery. I did not figure out the culprit until it was revealed at the end, which is how I like it.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. It had everything I look for in a cozy: engaging characters, a cozy setting, lots of humor and a tricky mystery. I would give this book more than 5 starts if I could. Be sure to check it out.
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