Molly Appleby has promised her new husband that their honeymoon will be trouble-free - specifically, no sleuthing. Unfortunately, trouble seems to follow Molly wherever she goes, even to England.
After a glorious week in London, the newlyweds have escaped the city to visit Molly's great-aunt in the quaint English village of Marlow Crossing. The setting is idyllic, as beautiful and serene as Molly could hope for, but, as the senior staff writer for Collector's Weekly knows, appearances can be deceiving. And when a local woman turns up poisoned to death, Molly's convinced there's more to the story than meets the eye.
Putting her honeymoon on hold, Molly agrees to help local inspector Devon Boyle with the case, especially since the sleepy village presents such a small number of suspects. But when two of them go missing and the tragic death of another woman comes to light, Molly realizes she's up against a much more sinister criminal than she thought. Untangling a web of lies and deceit as she searches for a motive and a murderer won't be easy, but Molly's determined to put all of her detective skills to use to catch a killer before her trip and her life are brought to a sudden end.
©2016 Jennifer Stanley and Parker Riggs (P)2016 Tantor
I enjoyed the mystery. However the narrator was monotone and her different voices for the characters were not good.
A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
The highlight of this series is that each mystery ties back to a historical story which occurred long ago. That link of an old antique object from the 1900's having its own story woven into the main mystery is really enjoyable. It's what makes this series special.
I read a lot of cozies & by comparison this book has really enjoyable writing & narrating, but the plot has a lot of implausible characteristics. To think that the police chief of a town in England would take a civilian like Molly at her word that she's "good at solving crimes" and bringing her on board without hesitation is... Not likely. Molly stays in England after her honeymoon ends in order to help the police (at his request) and it's really not realistic. A better choice would be that the murder occurs during the honeymoon & Molly investigates on her own etc. I also missed the mother/daughter duo plot & there isn't nearly enough of the two of them together in this book. The Clara/Molly investigating chapters are what have made all the books in this series good. So, that lacked here. I also hated hearing Molly while about how much she missed Matt during the story. We get it! She kind of annoyed me this time..
Overall this isn't my favorite of installments in this series, but I did enjoy it because the narration is soothing & enjoyable and the story itself has a lot of depth. I look forward to see what happens next!
This is a great series. Ellery Adams has created engaging characters and an interesting mystery. I was disappointed in Molly's character in this story. Her actions were both foolish and rash. However, the story didn't suffer. What makes this series so delightful is the intermingling of antiques, history and of course a good mystery. Even with Molly being so rash, I still loved this story and look forward to the next one.
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