Review: Smile Beach Murder
Title: Smile Beach Murder
Series: Outer Banks Bookshop Mystery #1
Author: Alicia Bessette
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: When Callie is laid off from her reporting job, she returns to her hometown of Cattail Island and lands a gig at the local bookstore -- the same one where she found comfort after her mother died. In fact, the anniversary of her mother's infamous death is approaching. Years ago, Teri Padget tumbled from the top of the lighthouse. As islanders are once again gossiping about the tragedy, devestating news strikes: the lighthouse has claimed another victim -- Eva Meeks, of Meeks Hardware. The police are calling it suicide, but Callie does not believe Eva jumped any more than she believes her mother did -- especially because Callie knows that before her death, Eva had dug up a long-forgotten treasure hunt that could have put a target on Eva's back. In Callie's search for answers, she enlists the help of some beloved books and several new friends, including the handsome local martial arts instructor, Toby Dodge. But when another death rocks Cattail Island, Callie must face her fears alone. As she earns enemies in pursuit of the truth, Callie knows she will either uncover the killer or become a victim herself.
My Review: This book is full of the things that draw me into a cozy mystery. It's set in the south, it features a woman getting a fresh start, a curious death and a treasure hunt! Overall this is a really great read. I related really well to Callie and enjoyed getting to know her. The writing and pacing were well done and the mystery was very engaging. If you're a fan of cozy mysteries then this one is definitely worth reading.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*