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Along with this murder is the under-current of Bel's High School Best Friend, Amy. Amy went 'missing' many years ago and being from such a small community the after affects are very telling. Bel thinks she is 'dead' but begins to question her own feelings.
Then, to add to the pudding...Kevin, Bel's High School boyfriend, now a Police Detective, announces his own pending wedding... Amy had cheated with Kevin that fateful night she went missing...
This is a mystery surrounding a large and loud Irish family. Each member of the family is unique unto themselves. They have grand hearts but not always the best judgment. This series involves the reader into the family and you find yourself turning the pages quickly.
Interesting series and I look forward to the next installment.
After managing to book the wedding, despite some obvious concerns, things seem to go smoothly until the end of the wedding when Bel discovers the groom – dead in the women’s bathroom. Now the tip money from the wedding is missing, along with one their server’s, and Irish gangster’s are breaking into Bel’s apartment. Can she sort through all the lies flung at her and uncover the real killer?
This was a quick read. I really appreciated the quick short chapters, with my schedule it just seemed to work out well for me. What I liked most about this book is the sibling relationship between Bel and her brother Cargan. The two are very close in this book and are working on the mystery behind the murder and the disappearing banquet server together.
This book was filled with interesting characters, from Bel’s mother and father to her brothers. I really adored the family and the closeness and how they seem to look out for each other. I absolutely adore the way her mother complains about Bel’s cooking, because Bel likes to branch out and try thing that are outside of her parents or Irish comfort zone.
I followed Belfast (loved her name) as she sorted through the lies and was bold enough to approach some people that she never should have.
Also, there is a secondary ongoing mystery in this series with Bel’s long lost best friend Amy. A girl who disappeared years ago and seemed to have shaken the little town. In this book it seems remains have been uncovered and Kevin (Bel’s friend, ex boyfriend) believes that this might be Amy. New evidence has come to light about that night also that shake Bel’s world.
What didn’t I like?
I found myself a bit peeved at Bel and Kevin. In this book Kevin is also getting married to what seems to be a wonderful woman, but because of the connection they share over this mystery with their disappearing friend – Kevin and Bel find themselves in a lip lock not once but twice now. I guess, that bothers me a bit. Bel has some unresolved feelings for Kevin and Kevin seems to as well – but they are also indirectly hurting Kevin’s soon to be wife, who seems to be Bel’s friend and a wonderful person.
The pacing was interesting, but there seem to be a few things I was left unsure of. I wanted to know what happened to the Irish Gangster and the man that was helping him, Donnie.
The reveal was weird and also felt a bit anticlimactic. If you are looking for a cozy mystery that is really just a bit subdued – this will be for you. Also, I wasn’t sure I was 100% on the same page about the reason behind the murder.
But it was cozy, and it did feel like a page turner for me. I didn’t find this boring at all.
Overall, I loved the Irish family dynamics. I loved the secondary mystery lurking in the background and I enjoyed the authors laid back writing. This series comes with well fleshed out characters, some sibling love and an interesting mystery. I did enjoy following the clues and meeting the town locals. I am looking forward to seeing where this takes us next.
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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Publisher: St Martin Press
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