Review Of The Moonshine Shack Murder

The Moonshine Shack Murder

A Southern Homebrew Mystery, Book #1

Diane Kelly

5 Stars


In this intoxicating new cozy mystery series, the future for modern-day moonshiner Hattie Hayes looks bright–until death darkens the doorstep of her Moonshine Shack.

The Hayes family has made moonshine in Chattanooga since the days of Prohibition, and Hattie is happy to continue the tradition, serving up fun, fruity flavors in mason jars for locals and tourists alike. All signs indicate her new ‘shine shop will be a smashing success. What’s more, mounted police officer Marlon Landers has taken a shine to Hattie. For the first time ever, the stars seemed to have aligned in both her work and romantic life. But when a body ends up on her store’s doorstep alongside a broken jar of her Firefly Moonshine, it just might be lights out for her fledgling business.

The homicide detective can’t seem to identify the person who killed the owner of a nearby bar. The only witness is Hattie’s longhaired gray cat, and Smoky isn’t talking. When the detective learns that the victim and Hattie had a heated exchange shortly before his murder, she becomes her prime suspect.

Lest Hattie end up behind bars like her bootlegging great-grandfather a century before, she must distill the evidence herself and serve the killer a swift shot of justice.  (Amazon)


This is the first book in a new series and I thought it was quite good.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  I really enjoyed getting to meet Hattie, her grandfather and her girlfriends.  She has been busy getting her moonshine shop ready to open and praying it will be successful.  When someone is killed outside Hattie’s shop, things begin to go south.  Hattie is considered a person of interest and knows she has to find the killer before she gets thrown in jail.  She will need all the help she can get.

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The mystery is well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider and the mystery was not easily solved. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I cannot wait to see what adventure awaits Hattie next.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkeley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery Book 1) by [Diane Kelly]