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  • So much to love about this cozy mystery series!

    The Holiday season is here and you need to add An Eggnog to Die For by Amy Pershing to your TBR pile, as well as get gift copies for any cozy mystery lovers that you know! In book two of the Cape Cod Foodie Mysteries we are able to reconnect with all the great characters from book one, A Side of Murder, and are introduced to some new characters including Samantha’s parents and the brother-sister duo who are running the chic, new restaurant in town. While Pershing excels with character development, what really delights me with this series is all the cooking scenes and recipes, and the reno/interior design Sam is doing to the house that she inherited from her aunt. Sam’s mom finds some treasures in the house that will make any Antiques Roadshow fan swoon, and it’s a wonderful find since Sam is a bit low on funds. As with most cozies there is a romantic aspect, and in this series it’s Jason, the Harbormaster. Their relationship is progressing, and Jason’s gift to Sam towards the end of the book is the sweetest ever… but, for the love of whatever you believe in, they need to communicate more. I’m not saying they need to finish each other’s sentences, but…. Finally there’s the mystery, and this one was very well written with some red herrings. And while the suspects were few and far between at first, the more Sam talked with people around town the more she found out that Santa had been a very, very naughty boy. I’m looking forward to seeing what wonderful recipes and interior design Pershing comes up with for book three in the Cape Cod Foodie Mysteries, as well as reconnecting with all of her fantastic characters!

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  • A cute cozy mystery!

    An Eggnog to Die for by Amy Pershing is the 2nd A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series. The author provides all the information that a new reader needs to know. An Eggnog to Die For has Samantha Barnes getting ready for the holidays. Sam is working on fixing up the home she inherited from her aunt and working as a food critic for the local newspaper, Cape Cod Clarion. She also tapes short food segments for the online paper. I enjoyed the descriptions of the town and their upcoming holiday celebrations. This is a quintessential small town that is celebrating Christmas New England style. There are several quirky characters in the story that keep things lively. Sam is filming a holiday drink segment at the local hot restaurant, Ginger Jar. She takes a break to use the ladies’ room and ends up finding the town’s Santa dead in the owner’s office. Sam dons her sleuthing cap once again and sets out to locate the killer. She has a long list of suspects since the victim was not well liked. There is misdirection to throw readers off the track of the guilty party. There are clues to help armchair sleuths solve the crime. I enjoyed the reveal of the killer and I appreciated that the whodunit was completely wrapped up. The food and drink descriptions will have your mouth watering. There is humor in the story to provide giggles. Sam’s snarky comments are amusing. The story is told from Sam’s point-of-view, so we get to know what she is thinking and feeling especially with regard to her harbor master boyfriend. An Eggnog to Die For is a cute cozy mystery with a delightful dog, appetizing appetizers, a sanctimonious Santa, costume crisis, parents paying a visit, and a snooping Sam.

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  • A Super Read!

    This laugh out loud cozy mystery penned by Amy Pershing features foodie Sam Barnes who writes restaurant reviews and makes videos for the local Cape Cod Clarion. She has a lot on her to-do list this Christmas as her parents are scheduled for a visit but finding a dead body isn't one that can be crossed off the itinerary. Sam is a quirky character and I quickly became enamoured with her witty one-liners and her self-deprecating humour. The mystery itself was entertaining with plenty of mayhem. There was an excellent array of suspects in An Eggnog to Die For and I had a great time trying to work out whodunnit. A super read this Xmas -very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Berkley via NetGalley at my request, and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Holiday Cozy Mystery

    I enjoyed this second book in the Cape Cod Foodie Series. This time it is Christmas on the Cape and they have killed Santa Claus. I really enjoy the Cape Cod setting and all food. The mystery was good with lots of suspects to keep it interesting. The solution was good and it made sense. There is lots of Christmas Spirit too. This series should be read in order. I look for word to reading Book 3. Enjoy

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  • AN EGGNOG TO DIE FOR by Amy Pershing

    AN EGGNOG TO DIE FOR by Amy Pershing is the second book in the Cape Cod Foodie Mystery series. It the wonderfully well-written cozy mystery centered round Samantha “Sam” Barnes, the Cape Cod Santa’s Seashore Selebration, and the untimely murder of Santa. Sam’s amateur sleuthing has her trying to figure out who is nice and is naughty of committing murder and why. After her divorce and a viral video that sent her New York chef career to nose diving and after inheriting her Aunt Ida’s house in Fair Harbor, Sam had moved back to her home town. She’s now the Cape Cod food critic, a foodie, writing article and doing videos for the local Cape Cod Clarion that her friend Krista owns. She happy back in her home town where she’s fixing up the house she inherited, enjoying Diogi, her loving pooch, and moving slow on a possible second chance romance. Seems her wishes for a quiet Christmas with boyfriend Jason Captiva, the harbormaster, aren’t likely to happen after receiving a phone call from her parents, Robert and Veronica. Her parents use to own the local paper, but had moved to Florida when they retired. They have decided to spend the holidays back in Fair Harbor this year. Sam is thrilled to see them, but when they decide to stay “with” her in her small mostly un-renovated home, warning flags start to go up. After the shock wears off, she decides to embrace the fact and starts planning a big Feast of the Five Fishes. Plus it means getting a Christmas tree she hadn’t planned for and decorations she doesn’t have. Thank goodness for friends like Krista, Jillian – a registered nurse by profession and a saint for saving Sam lots of money and worry on the decorations, her 60 something neighbor and local librarian Helene and Miles, her high school buddy & organic farmer. With the big debate over whose eggnog recipe she should deem the best and serve at the party and after tasting the fabulous eggnog at the Ginger Jar, she’s knows she has to wiggle that recipe out of them for her party. The Cape Cod Santa’s Seashore Selebration is a big hit complete with a 5K, a Santa Stroll and a Santa Trolley. Starting it all off is Santa arriving at the harbor by boat driven by Jason as Santa’s elf. Will Sam every get that image of Jason in an elf costume out of her head? Later while trying to find the ladies room in the Ginger Jar, Sam finds Caleb Mayo, who played Santa in the big celebration still in the suit minus his hat, murdered in the office of the new hip restaurant, the Ginger Jar - owned by Julie and Martin Bruni, a brother and sister team. She knows that her curiosity and the need for justice will lead to her trying to find out whodunit. The case is being handled by Police Chief George McCauley, who immediately sits his sights on Martin as his prime suspect, and Detective Vivian Peters, who Sam went to school with and evidently John know very well. Between following up clues in the murder, doing food research at restaurants as well as some videos for the job at the paper and seeing to her parents, Sam is running on caffeine and determination. She’s thankful that she can bounce ideas off Jason and Helene. Jason and Sam, once a couple when they were younger, are trying to make this second chance work by going slow. He’s a great one for thinking things out and supporting Sam in her endeavors. Helene, having worked for 25 years as a legal psychologist with the Manhattan DA’s office, through her expertise gives Sam a way of looking at things both legally and emotionally. When Jason starts to seem unavailable or cutting their time together short, she starts to wonder about where he’s going and if he feels as she does in their blooming relationship. When her parents seem to be able to entertain themselves, she’s both relieved and curious. Can she pull of this special dinner for her family and friends? How will she ever get a tree up, the house decorated, find time to shop for the dinner ingredients, manage to keep her assignments at work done and investigate a murder? Sam just can’t see Martin capable of murder. She has the list of suspects, now it’s just a matter of elimination to figure out who the guilty party is. Will her investigation lead her to thinking someone she admires as the guilty party? Or is that just a step towards finding the answer of whodunit? Will the reporter in her mother have her trying to help – even so far as questioning mob related folks? Will they be able solve the case in order to have a merry Christmas? Will Christmas presents bring answers to some of Sam’s questions? AN EGGNOG TO DIE FOR by Amy Pershing is a wonderful page-turning whodunit that will have you guessing the guilty party only to be proven wrong and led off to another suspect. The author brings the characters alive making them loveable, entertaining and even sometimes unlikeable. You will be driven to see what happens next to the final reveal. Can be read as a standalone book. FIVE STAR reading!

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