Bekki and Nick have just returned from their honeymoon and are looking forward to settling into their life together. However, when Bekki receives a little bit more than shampoo in her order at the Salon, they get thrown into another mystery. With one of her friends on the hot seat, Bekki is determined to figure out what happened to the owner of the local shampoo company.
This was an interesting book, though the murder mystery was pretty easy to figure out, it was fun to watch Bekki try and prove what she thought at the start. I didn’t look into the science of the essential oils, however, if what was said in this book it’s true, there is some interesting science behind the story.
We did get a little more expansion to the city and surrounding. The factory of the shampoo company is a few towns over, and we get to know a little about the company. We also get to know more about Bekki’s clients as well. I must say though that Minnie is a very interesting character that we got to learn about this book.
I enjoyed finding out more about Bekki in this book and her background. We get to also see how she feels about marriage. As she did have commitment issues before the marriage, so it isn’t a surprise that they continue into the marriage. I would love to see her actually tell Nick how she feels but it will take a while for her character to feel comfortable with that.
I really enjoyed this book.
When Bekki gets an offer to take a cruise, for free, and cover for a friend from New York’s salon on that cruise ship, she can’t help but say yes. With Sammy at her side, the take off to enjoy themselves, with Nick’s firm warning of not investigate anything while away. However, when a crew member was killed, Bekki can’t help but start putting pieces together, leading to a very dangerous situation.
At this point in the series I should be used to seeing Bekki do some crazy and dangerous things, however, this takes the cake. After how many crimes she solved and dangerous situations she’s been, you would think that she would be more cautious. Thankfully, Sammy was to the rescue and got the investigator on board to help out. The investigating part and the happening of information is pretty normal, but like how she shares with Nick, she should have done that with Todd.
The mystery was fun and interesting, we got to see more about what was going on with the murderer. It turned out to be a lot more complicated than what it appears on the surface. Though this book was essentially a culmination of what was going on on the cruise ship, we got to understand how it all began.
I enjoyed seeing Bekki and Sammy let loose a little bit. We also get to learn more about Sammy and her relationship with Morris. We get to see more about the dynamic between the two women and how Bekki seems to be the most level-headed one, most of the time. It was nice to see their friendship grow throughout this book.
I really enjoyed the book.
Bekki is looking forward to her father and Nick getting closer to a day out of gold at the country club, however, when they find a body their plans get derailed. Now Bekki’s father’s friend is in the hot seat and he’s angry at Nick. Bekki is not only in the middle of the one-sided feud between her father and husband but also in the middle of Nick’s case even though she promised not to work on any of Nick’s cases.
With such an emphasis on Bekki not investigating and not working on the case, it felt a little off. There was a lot of tension on Bekki’s side about the fact that she was investigating. Nick does confront her, but I feel like there will be a lot more of these conversations in future books. I do feel like Nick and Bekki grew over this book and are settling into their married life nicely. Robert and Nick start to be a little warmer to each other throughout this book.
I enjoyed the mystery, and it was really interesting. This is the first time I’ve seen the conscious attempt at a framing job that nearly worked in this book series, in the previous book they were sloppy attempts. We get to see the background of the victim and the murderer suspect. It also expands on Bekki’s parent’s history and life. As you all know in love my character development and learning more about all the characters in the book. As Bekki’s parents have felt a little like placeholders throughout the series, it’s nice to see them actually being used in this book.
I am still loving this series.
Bekki the Beautician Cozy Mysteries 5 – 8