BlueBuried Muffins (Black Cat Cafe Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) Review

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Title- BlueBuried Muffins

Author- Lyndsey Cole

Genre- Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link-  Amazon KU

synopsis

Annie Fisher is scared. She’s scared of the mess her boyfriend, Max Parker, is in the middle of and she has to get out of his house. She puts a whole state between them and drives like a madwoman from Cooper, NY to her hometown of Catfish Cove, NH where she hopes she’ll be safe.

She decides to start a new life, a life she ran away from two years ago but is finding herself missing as soon as she gets home. Annie immediately has a place to live, a job at her Aunt Leona’s new café—Black Cat Café—and plenty of boyfriend prospects. Unfortunately, she also has plenty of bad things follow her.

Like Max Parker. Only the next time she sees him he’s dead. Suddenly everyone she runs into turns into a potential suspect. There are ghosts from her past and new neighbors that make her hair stand on end. And right in the middle of everything is Annie with Max’s last warning to her—Don’t trust anyone. Will those words prove to keep her safe or put too much distance between Annie and those trying to help her?

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Reviewed by Crystal H.

Annie Fisher never saw herself coming back to the sleepy little town of Catfish Cove but when a call comes in telling her about her favorite aunts cafe fire she sees this as the perfect time for a homecoming. Of course she wants to be there for her aunt but she is also running away from her boyfriend and the trouble he seems to be in before she is dragged into it. Little does she know that trouble has decided to follow her.

She quickly realizes while New York was amazing Catfish Cove is where she belongs. While helping her Aunt Leona build her new cafe she comes in early one morning to find Max her current ex boyfriend dead, worst yet murdered.

The Sweet-

I enjoyed this story and plot very much, and found myself wishing to visit Catfish Cove and it was written to be such a darling town. I liked getting to know Annie, her family and her neighbors- if this is small town life than ign me up please!

I found Annie to be intelligent and one tough cookie who refused to be bullied by any man including her father, who for lack of a better description is a major cranky pants monster. She clearly loves with all her heart and stands up for herself and those she cares for. The ending sort of slapped me in the face in a good way because I never saw that twist coming!

The Sour-

Though the premise and plot are very well thought out unfortunately the story itself had some sort comings. Annies past in Catfish Cove seems like an after thought to me. I wish the author would have developed that part of the story more so that Annie’s character would have been more developed, Each time the past was brought up it was quickly swept away and I wish the author could have seen the potential to develop those moments. I also for some reason feel as though the author is hinting at something between Annie and her “aunt” but every time a small hint is dropped it quickly disappears.

As the first in the series I think that the series itself has a lot of potential and I look forward to reading it in hope of the characters being more realistic. I would feel comfortable suggesting this book to someone who is just starting to read cozys  and rate it a solid 3.5 cupcakes out of 5 cupcakes.

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Lyndsey Cole lives in New England in a small rural town with her husband, dogs, cats and chickens. She has plenty of space to grow lots of beautiful perennials. Sitting in the garden with the scent of lilac, peonies, lily of the valley or whatever is in bloom, stimulates her imagination about mysteries and romance.

Connect with Lyndsey on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/LyndseyColeAuthor

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