ʼTis the day after Christmas, following a wicked-busy time of year for Mac’s bike shop. It’s just as well her Cozy Capers Book Group’s new pick is a nerve-soothing coloring book mystery, especially when she has last-minute wedding planning to do.
But all pre-wedding jitters fade into the background when Mac and her fiancé, Tim, begin a cottage renovation project and open up a wall to find a skeleton—sitting on a stool, dressed in an old-fashioned bridal gown . . .
As Mac delves into the decades-old mystery with the help of librarian Flo and her book group, she discovers a story of star-crossed lovers and feuding families worthy of the bard himself. Yet this tale has a modern-day villain still lurking in Mac’s quaint seaside town, ready to make this a murderous New Year’s Eve . . .
Titles in the A Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery series include — Murder on Cape Cod —♦— Murder at the Taffy Shop —♦— Murder at the Lobstah Shack —♦— Murder in a Cape Cottage —♦— Murder at a Cape Bookstore —♦—
Title: Murder in a Cape Cottage
Series: A Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery #4
Author: Maddie Day
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published: September 22, 2022
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Murder in a Cape Cottage is the 4th title in the A Cozy Cappers Book Group Mystery series, and while I’m picking up the series at this point I wasn’t the least bit lost and could enjoy Mac and Tim’s story, the quirky secondary characters, and trying to figure out this mystery without any trouble – it did, however, tempt me to go back to the beginning and discover what I’d missed up to this point.
While doing some renovating on their cottage, Mac and Tim discover a skeleton wearing a vintage wedding dress, seated, chained, with a suitcase nearby behind a wall. To say it was a surprise would be an understatement and this discovery comes right as they are getting ready for their wedding which is already stressful enough! Who was this murdered bride? And what family in this small town knows more than they’re willing to admit?
Murder in a Cape Cottage is a well-written cozy mystery with enough red herrings and twists to satisfy any reader who enjoys this genre. While I don’t need to figure out whodunit before the reveal to have fun with a story, I was fascinated by this plot with plenty of possible suspects. It definitely kept me on my toes!
I enjoyed this world and would quite happily return again, if you love a good cozy mystery that will engage your emotions, and your mystery-solving skills with enough unexpected twists to make the story fly by then you’d feel right at home in this world.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Available for your favorite e-reader (although the earlier titles are now in KU)