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  • Delicious murders? Count me in

    I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in Josh’s new series. Ellery is bumbling and sweet and just wants to find his place. Unfortunately, it seems to be being prime suspect. The characters in this book are charming and draw you in. It’s a modern Murder She Wrote. and I adore Jessica Fletcher. The mystery is interesting as you read the book and try to figure it out. Which I failed. I didn’t get the twist until Ellery did. The chemistry between the Chief and Ellery is enough to keep you guessing and hoping. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next murder. Er book. I received an ARC for my honest review

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  • Grab a yourself a cuppa and new cozy

    What is better than reading a cozy on a cold and rainy day? Reading an entertaining cozy written by the talented Josh Lanyon is the correct response. “Murder at Pirate’s Cove” is the first release in the new “Secrets and Scrabble” cozy mystery series and it’s delightful. The story pace is quick and main characters engaging. The town of Pirate’s Cove strikes all the right chords of a seemingly nothing happens here peaceful village until the chill of murder strikes once...twice. What is it about places with cove in the name that become murder central? Fun, that’s what. Jessica Fletcher’s Cabot Cove has a new rival, but with refreshing protagonists who are young, attractive, gay/bi and (yup!) wicked charming!

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  • Highly recommended

    I think this is an excellent cozy mystery with all my favorite tropes of a cozy: a bookstore, small town and a pet (a puppy in this case) and an old lady that helps the MC. We are used to cozy mystery featuring a female MC but I must say that Ellery is a likeable, interesting and funny character, well thought and somewhat clumsy. I love him as much as I loved the fleshed out and likeable cast of characters. The mystery is solid, full of twists and turns, and the solution came as a surprise. After reading this story and loving it i already preordered the next instalment. It was an engrossing and fun read, I read in two setting and found it very enjoyable. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

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  • Wonderful new series

    Ellery has inherited a whole lot more than he bargained for. Yes, it appears to be a failing bookshop the Crow's Nest and a dilapidated mansion nestled in a lovely seaside village. Why would anyone want to pressure poor Ellery to sell his somewhat sad Inheritance from Great-great-great Aunt Endora? The bookshop is floundering and Ellery cannot keep up with repairs to his new home. Trevor Maples is offering way more than they are worth and is rather nasty and secretive as to why he wants what appears to be a ridiculous investment. Ellery is a stubborn man and won't consider the offer. Now add Trevor getting murdered in Ellery's book store and we are off to an interesting start. This book is a cozy mystery that delivers in spades. The author did a fabulous job in describing the quaint countryside and it's quirky residents. The mystery component was excellent and had me guessing right up until the end. This book does not have the strong romantic undertones Ms. Lanyon's other series usually contain but the plot was so well constructed, it really wasn't missed. You still feel the gentle pull between the widowed Police Chief Jack Carson and the harrassed book seller. You just know something will develop between this two hopefully in the near future. More murders and additional attemps to frame Ellery had me riveted to the pages. I highly recommend this amazing mystery and eagerly await the next installment. Happy Reading.

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  • Great cozy mystery!

    M/M cozy-mystery, law-enforcement, family-dynamics, friendship, bookseller, small-business, small-town, island-life, amateur-sleuth, murder, murder-investigation, verbal-humor, situational-humor***** I had gotten book three in the series from NetGalley and liked it so much that I got this and the next one in audio. The story truly follows all the cozy criteria and has a great plot, fascinating characters, and laughs. It also has a police detective, a bookshop owner (and former professional TV actor) named Ellery (like Ellery Queen mystery writer!), a frenetic puppy named Watson (is there any other kind?), the Scallywags, and the Silver Sleuths. It's set in an island off New Jersey (USA) that's accessible by ferry (that's why they can have cars). Ellery inherited the bookshop and rundown Dutch Colonial from an ancient of his father and has only been a resident for three months when he finds the first murder victim in his store. And then he gets convicted in the local press, so what else can be done but learn to become a sleuth? Loved it! Matt Haynes is the laid back voice actor who really knows how to underplay the laughs.

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