I’m so excited to be a stop on the blog tour for author Caroline Fardig and her new book Southern Double Cross. This is the third book in her A Southern B & B Mystery series.
Southern Double Cross: A Southern B&B Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Alibi (February 11, 2020)
Print Length: ~260 pages
Digital ASIN: B07W3J7QFC
A fundraising party goes south in a delightful cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Southern Discomfort and the Java Jive novels
Quinn Bellandini is ready to get back to running her grandfather’s B&B in Savannah, Georgia, with her sister, Delilah—but first, she has to coordinate a fundraising event at the house of local philanthropists, with the help of her boyfriend, Tucker Heyward. Everything is running smoothly until Quinn’s friend, Pepper Fox, frantically calls her with the horrifying news that the lady of the house was found dead. Pepper’s brother, who was working as a caterer, is soon charged with her murder.
Pepper knows her brother didn’t commit the crime and asks Quinn, now a veteran detective with two solved murders under her belt, to prove his innocence. Quinn can’t bear to see her friend upset and enlists Delilah and Tucker to help investigate.
The invite list quickly turns into the suspect list as tensions mount and old feuds are brought to light. Could Quinn have hired the only catering company in Georgia that throws in a murder on the side?
Don’t miss Caroline Fardig’s “wildly entertaining”* Java Jive mysteries, which can be read together or separately:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE | MURDER OVER MOCHAS
The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly by their actions and words. And there was a lot of action taking place in this book and a lot of sleuthing. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place.
The characters are well developed and well defined. I really enjoy the way that Quinn and Delilah interact and how much they love each other. They are as close as two sisters could be, even though they are very different. We got to spend a little more time with their friend, Pepper, which added some depth to the story.
The mystery had a lot of clues to sift through and suspects to consider. The girls like to take chances when solving a mystery, especially Delilah, and it is no wonder that Quinn’s boyfriend, Tucker, is not too happy.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. The whole series is great and definitely worth reading.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Alibi, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.
CAROLINE FARDIG is the USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the Java Jive Mysteries series and the Lizzie Hart Mysteries series. Fardig’s BAD MEDICINE was named one of the “Best Books of 2015” by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.
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