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  • A fantastic start to a new series!

    In this first installment in Sherry Harris's Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery series, Chicago children's librarian Chloe Jackson has temporarily moved to Emerald Cove, Florida, to help her best friend Boone's grandmother, Vivi, run her business after his death in Afghanistan. Vivi is not the frail old lady Chloe had been picturing in her mind. She's attractive, feisty, and independent and wants nothing to do with Chloe. When a bar patron is found dead behind the bar, all signs point to Vivi being the killer. Chloe doesn't think that she is guilty and decides to do her own investigation, but soon becomes the killer's next target. I thought this was a charming and entertaining read. I enjoyed the writing style, the characters, the plot, and the setting. The author's rich descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning and made me feel like I was right there on the beach, and I could practically feel the sun on my skin and hear the gentle roar of the ocean waves and smell the salty air. Chloe was a very enjoyable character. She was smart, caring, down to earth, and strong. I felt an instant connection to her and was rooting for her. I can't wait to see what's in store for her and how her relationship with the other characters develop in the upcoming books, particularly with Vivi, Joaquin, Ann, and Rhett. The mystery was well-crafted, with plenty of twists and red herrings to keep you engaged and guessing until the exciting reveal. Overall, I absolutely loved this book and eagerly await the second book. This is a delightful cozy mystery, with a touch of humor, an intriguing and enjoyable cast of characters, and a gorgeous setting. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review

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  • New Series Alert!

    What do you do when your best friend makes you promise to take care of their grandmother if something ever happens to them? If you’re Chloe Jackson, you pack up your classic VW Beetle and head to Florida’s Emerald Coast and do your best to keep that promise, even if grandma doesn’t seem to care for you. Taking a job at the bar Boone’s grandmother owns allows Chloe to help Vivi as she promised. When a bar patron is found dead behind the bar the police build a case against Vivi and it looks like an arrest is imminent. But Chloe doesn’t believe the woman is a murderer and looks to clear her name, but soon finds herself a target on the murderer’s radar. I’ve long enjoyed Sherry Harris’ Sarah Winston Garage Sale mysteries and was thrilled to see a new series from her. I’m loving the Florida location and found this first entry to be a real page turner. Looking forward To more in this series.

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  • Cozy Mystery On Florida's Emerald Coast

    This book is the first in a new series. From reading this book, the rest of the series should be fantastic. It takes place on Florida's Emerald Coast which is the white sand beach that runs from Panama City to Pensacola. The area is full of military and tourists. There is a history of smuggling and bootlegging in that region. The story revolves around an old beachside saloon, its original owner, and a twenty-something from Chicago. This book sets the scene for the series. There is a very good murder mystery that I couldn't have figured in a million years, although all of the clues were there. I can't wait for the next book. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.

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  • Awesome! Intriguing mystery and great characters

    The first book in Sherry Harris’s new series, Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mysteries, isn’t even out and I am anxious to read the next one! From Beer to Eternity isn’t quite what I expected from the title, but it gave me everything I want and expect from a book by Ms. Harris. I loved it! The well-plotted murder is as complex as any in that field that falls between cozy and traditional amateur detective mysteries. Chloe handles most of her investigation intelligently although there was one time I wanted to grab her and tell her, NO, but her judgement worked out so I forgive her this time. Hitting that balance with an amateur investigating murder has to be difficult but Ms. Harris has done an outstanding job of allowing her protagonists to use their brains as they walk a dangerous line. Since Chloe Jackson, Sea Glass Saloon Mystery series is new, early in the book, I missed the sense of comradery and community that I experience with her Garage Sale Mysteries, but Chloe’s connection with the people around her develops through the novel and I foresee strong ties in the future. A future I will be following avidly. I first discovered Sherry Harris through her Garage Sale Mysteries and from that first book, everything she writes has become a must-buy. Chloe made a promise that she never expected to have to keep, but it led her to take a leave from her job as a children’s librarian in Chicago and spend time in the Florida panhandle. Her decision not to share her reason for staying has left her in a bit of an awkward position, but she dug in and got a job at a bar owned by a late friend’s grandmother. This lady Is NOT her idea of a grandmother who needs help, but it turns out that there is a lot for Chloe to do when the woman comes under suspicion for murder. There are many characters that I liked but the two that I loved are Joaquin and Michael. They seem to be Chloe’s version of the D’Angelos. For those of you who are new to Sherry Harris, the D’Angelo family is a reference to special people in her other outstanding series. As a serious Sherry Harris fan, I naturally requested an ARC of From Beer to Eternity and just as naturally, I had already preordered a personal copy. My friends and followers will be hearing how much I enjoyed this just-right mystery as they have heard all about her other books. #NetGalley #FromBeertoEternity

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  • Fantastic! You will love Chloe!

    I was just a few pages into From Beer to Eternity and I thought so far, so fabulous. What an absolutely fantastic start to a new series. This is the first book by Sherry Harris I have read, but it will not be the last. I already cannot wait for the second book in this series, and I am going to read her Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery series and anything else she’s written. Yes, From Beer to Eternity was that good. I loved Chloe from the start. She’s a librarian, so there’s that, plus she’s the best friend anyone could ever hope for. Before her long-time best buddy Boone left for military service in Afghanistan he asked her to promise that if the worst happened and he didn’t make it back, she would go to Emerald Cove, Florida and help his grandmother Vivi run the Sea Glass Saloon. Well, the worst has happened. Boone is dead. So here’s Chloe, in the Florida Panhandle, a far cry from Chicago “helping” Vivi, who doesn’t seem to need or want any help. Chloe doesn’t want to tell her of the promise she made to Boone so makes up an excuse and gets hired on as a waitress. She’s not really sure what Boone had in mind but she is bound to keep her promise, plus there are a lot of odd characters hanging out at the bar – and this guy who keeps showing up when she least expects it. One of those odd characters get murdered right behind the bar, Vivi seems to be the main suspect, and there’s something going on that Chloe can’t quite figure out. Everybody seems to have a secret or two. Chloe is fearless. Maybe not always as cautious as she should be, be loyal and determined. It was a joy to watch her plot to discover the murderer unfold. Gets knocked down, gets right back up. The location, plot and characters are so deep and well developed that I felt I was right there, in the Florida humidity, amidst the tourists, running in the sand. Chloe’s memories of Boone are so vivid that I had to keep reminding myself that Boone wasn’t just going to show up. The writing is superb and just flows along, taking you with it. The references to books and movies and past events all resounded with me. Chloe made me laugh out loud with her antics and her asides to herself, and made me cry by how much she honored and missed Boone. There are good guys and bad guys and some just weird guys ( well, women too). There’s a hint of romance and a promise of friendship, and some real danger all wrapped up in a good, solid mystery. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I loved this story and recommend it without hesitation.

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