After coming back home after their honeymoon, Chase and Missy start debating the whether or not to buy the little inn in Florida. When Missy decides to take the plunge into the hotel ownership and management. That, however, means that they have to move and leave what they know behind. However, when a young boy goes missing Chas and Missy are thrown right into a new mystery.
This is a really fun little pick up from the last book. Though I didn’t really like that the last book ended with a cliffhanger, but it worked well for this book. I enjoyed the beginning of the book where Chas and Missy were just living their lives without any murders. Missy takes a back seat in this book, however, we do get to follow Chas at work, which I really liked. It’s a nice meld of cozy mystery and cop book. The new writing style is really fun and interesting.
The mystery didn’t start until partway through the book, and it wasn’t too hard to figure out, however, Prescott did throw a couple of curveballs with the story. What is common with this book, as it is mainly focused on Missy and not Chas, is that the reader doesn’t always get enough information to completely figure out the mystery completely. I think that’s on purpose, however, it is a little annoying.
There is a lot more character development than other books as they have just moved to a new place so Prescott had to introduce all of the new characters.
There was a slight lack of consistency throughout the book. I noticed mistakes in the name of a character in the book, mainly the wrong last name. Also, the length of time between everything happening in the book. It just felt like it was on fast forward.
Overall it was still a really enjoyable book.
Chas’ new boss invites everyone over to his home for a Halloween party. However, when a murder happens at the party, all fingers are pointed at Clara, Missy’s new friend in town. With no real evidence, Missy tries to figure out a way to clear Clara’s name with help from a few other friends from around the town.
I really enjoyed the way the Prescott mixed new friends with old. With Echo making an appearance, and Kel being a heavy part of this book, it’s really fun. Kel is an interesting character, and he melds perfectly with Echo, they are both quirky and got at their own speed. Though they get along really well, they also have differences that make them but heads.
We get to find out more about the town and its surroundings in this book. We also get to meet more of the townsfolk. This book felt like it really expanded the town for future books, as I believe there are 30 books at the inn.
The mystery was fun, but with so many people pointing their fingers at Clara, it was a little hard for Missy to prove her points. Also, Clara’s personality was a little all over the place in this book and it was a little inconsistent which was annoying. However, I really did enjoy the way that Missy was used much more in this book to investigate the murder. It does make sense as Carla is her friend after all. I do enjoy the new way that we see Chas at work, however, I enjoyed the throwback to Missy.
I still really enjoyed the book and enjoyed learning about Missy and Chase’s new town.
When the inn is booked out completely for a wedding party, Missy is super excited. Missy has only ever had positive experiences with marriage and wedding bells, however, when the clients arrive she is starting to be unsure about this time. With a very temperamental mother-of-the-bride and a feud between the father-of-the-bride and the father-of-the-groom. When the father-of-the-bride is found dead in the corn maze, now Chas must figure out what really happened.
I must say, the mother-of-the-bride is one witch of a woman and the sad thing is that I have met people like her. She was really well written and written to be so easy to hate. I did enjoy learning more about Spencer in this book, and he was really interesting. I would love to learn more about him, however, I feel like with the friendship blooming between Chas and Spencer. We also have confirmation that Echo will be staying a while in Florida which is going to be interesting to see how she gets used.
We got to see what Missy is like when she gets really angry which added some dimension to her. Chas and Missy have to deal with a lot throughout this book and work really well together. The change in the writing style has allowed us to see them more as a couple in the past few books which allows them to feel more real.
The mystery this book was interesting, and though she tried to throw some curveballs this book, however, they weren’t very effective. Trying to paint Spenser in a slightly bad light isn’t really effective as he’s such a lovable character. I really did enjoy the little digging that Kel and Echo did during the book. I feel like Kel is going to be a very useful in the future books.
While on one of his much deserved days off, Spencer spots a young woman walking straight into the ocean. The marine runs after her and brings her to the inn. Missy and Spencer get pulled into the mystery around this poor girl, while Echo is dealing with everything around Kel
I am really enjoying the focus on the characters and their development in this book. I feel like we get to really know the characters in this book, and though there is still a murder and mystery, it isn’t the only thing that is focused on in the book. I have always been a big fan of character development, not only throughout the book but also the series. We got to see Echo’s feelings for Kel develop and she becomes aware of what Missy has always seen. We got to see another side to Spencer that we haven’t seen before which was interesting and fun. I really enjoy seeing him grow as a character.
My murder didn’t take place until about ½ through the book, which seems to be normal now, Chas was still working on a case earlier on in the book. I enjoyed how seamlessly the two mysteries flowed into each other. I also enjoyed how Prescott managed to introduce a character that seems just as broken as Spencer in this book to match with him.
This wasn’t a who done it book really. It was all taken care of by Chas. We did get all the hints of the conversation between Chas and the murderer but none of the additional information the Chas gets off of the page until he tells Missy. If you’re looking for a who done it I feel like this book series is turning into much more of the cozy side of cozy mysteries, not that I’m complaining as I still am really enjoying the series.
Missy is getting ready for Thanksgiving and a surprise birthday party for one of her guests. However, when one of the guests turns up dead suddenly everyone is on high alert. Chas must track down the killer while Missy tries to appease her guests and calm the staff.
Ok, I love Kel I always have, however, I feel like he took a few too many liberties in this book in compared to the previous books. I draw the line to breaking and entering into anyone’s house, including a dead man’s. I did enjoy Missy finally standing up to Clara in this book, at first I liked that character, but now she’s just wearing on my nerves. Having a little follow up with the old characters was really fun and interesting to see them.
The mystery was interesting and different. I didn’t suspect the murder until the end, which was nice and rare. I did enjoy seeing Missy being interrogated by the police in this book as it proves that Missy isn’t immune to police procedures. I still really enjoyed the work between Missy and Chas during this book, and the help that Kel provided was excellent, even if it was very illegal.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of this book series.