Book Review~A Country Gift Shop Collection, #NetGalley, #VivianConroy

Author: Vivian Conroy7816A0F7-CEA2-4EAE-B239-7BC4D3C05E90

Genre: Mystery

Publisher: HQ Digital

Pub Date: October 3, 2018

Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥


Taken from NetGalley

Glen Cove is a rather murderous place.

Dead to Begin With

Vicky Simmons is looking for the simple life. She’s ready to trade in London for a slower pace by opening a British Country Gift Shop in her old hometown on the coast of Maine. Little does she know a few old faces are back in Glen Cove, including unrequited teenage crush Michael Danning—having taken over the local Gazette and looking better than ever.

All is looking rosy until Vicky finds herself face-to-face with a dead body and Michael is the prime suspect. When the sheriff links the motive for murder to the unsolved disappearance of a teenage girl twenty years ago, Vicky must turn amateur sleuth. She’ll stop at nothing to save Michael…and unmask the real killer!

Grand Prize: Murder!

Inviting the bestselling cosy crime author Bella Brookes to town is going to be the best business move Vicky Simmons has made yet. Not only is Bella going to sign her books to kick off Glen Cove’s annual One-Mile Book Market, but she’s also running her famous scavenger hunt right in town. That’s sure to win over the townsfolk!

All is going to plan until a dead body is discovered, drawing Vicky straight to the scene of the crime. After the last murder Vicky had vowed to stay out of Sheriff Cash’s way, but when death comes to town she finds herself embroiled in the investigation.

Written into the Grave

Vicky Simmons’s life was supposed to be relaxing after she moved back home to the coast of Maine, but instead of baking bread and gardening she’s been chasing down killers and it’s time to stop. Vicky is ready to slow down again and vows to start focusing more on her roses than solving crime.

That is until she reads the new serial in the paper over breakfast, describing a brutal murder that takes place on a cliff top road just above a beach. Only to find herself moments later, walking Coco and Mr. Pug, face to face with a dead body on the sand. The murder victim described exactly as he was in the story…

My Review:

I was excited to be approved for this collection of mysteries, Dead to Begin With, Grand Prize: Murder!, and the third in the collection, Written into the Grave. These mysteries are fun, quick reads all set in a coastal town in Maine, Glen Cove. Vicky Simmons is the main character who comes back to her hometown to open a cute little gift shop and finds herself revisiting the town’s unsolved murder from years ago, when new information comes to light. In a small town everyone is looking for information on the murder.
In the second and third book, the mysteries continue with more murders in this little town. I enjoyed continuing the series with Vicky Simmons and her doggies, Coco and Pug, as I was much more familiar with the characters in Glen Cove. These books are great for a rainy day read all snuggled up on the sofa! 
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, HQ Digital and the author Vivian Conroy for this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.

Have you read this collection, or any others from this author? What are you reading this holiday weekend?

Thank you so much NetGalley, HQ Digital and the author, Vivian Conroy for this advanced copy!


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