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  • Loved it!

    Michigan, rehabilitation, family-dynamics, friendship, murder, murder-investigation, law-enforcement, neighbors, amateur-sleuth***** Good start to a new series! Lindsey is a wealthy New Yorker who has a meltdown and decides to buy a decommissioned lighthouse near where she spent summers with her grandparents in their bakery. She is an excellent baker as well, so the plan is to open a bakery/cafe. She has excellent friends both old and new, but she also has enemies old and new. I thought that the murder victim would be the nutcase who had other ideas about the lighthouse, but it turned out to be someone from the past and Lindsey is in the frame. Together with friends and the lighthouse ghost (who was murdered years ago) she learns to sleuth. Good story! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!

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  • Wow! Fantastic start to a new cozy mystery series.

    I am so excited to share the first book in A Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series with you! It truly was a pleasure reading Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah. I rarely laugh at cozy mysteries and when people say in their reviews that they couldn’t stop laughing, I wonder if I really am that jaded from reading so many thrillers and horror books. While I wasn’t LOLing at Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop, I was amused by some of the dialogue and scenes, which for me is basically rolling on the floor with laughter. Then having the location be in Michigan with a possibly haunted lighthouse on the shores that now houses a bakery with renovated living quarters, which would be a dream living spot for me, is a great choice. Add in a BFF who is an influencer for clothes and skin care, who also has a British accent and is super feisty with a heart of gold, a hunky next door neighbor that loves animals, a young cop that is very easy on the eyes, and a town of caring folks that really want your business to succeed, and you have a recipe for a great cozy. Oh, and speaking of cooking cozies, this one is spot on. The food descriptions are delectable and the recipes at the end all sound soooo good. I may not make the donuts, because I’m lazy like that, but the omelet and cookies are ones that I really would like to make. Then there’s the animals in the cozy! For most of the book it’s the big, loving Wellington, aka Welly, for short. Who is loyal and loves food, including fresh lake fish. Towards the end we also get to meet two little dogs, Brinkley and Ireland, who are adorbs. And the way Brinkley and Ireland come to be in the story is touching, and they along with two other people will add even more fun and depth to future books. And…. And! I recently put this in a review that I was hoping a cozy mystery would have the killer be this type of person, but I figured it wouldn’t be done. Well, Darci Hannah, you did it, and now you have a fangirl for life.

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  • This new series had me at Lighthouse!

    Lindsey Bakeswell was a money maven on Wall Street. When she found her chef fiancé fooling around with his pastry chef she broke up with him, got drunk and woke up the owner of an old light house on Lake Michigan. With enough money in the bank, Lindsey is starting over and pursuing her passion of baking by turning an old historic lighthouse into her home and bakery. While most of the town is excited to have a bakery opening, there are a few who aren’t happy that a historical landmark has fallen into private hands. Given the latter, Lindsey expects a protest at her grand opening. What she didn’t expect was her ex fiancé and his hussy showing up. Nor did she expect anyone to be poisoned in her bakery on that first day and to be set up to take the fall. With her BFF, Kennedy, her sexy new neighbor, and her baker, Lindsey is determined to find out who the killer is and save her business and new life. Aside from her core group, Lindsey isn’t sure who to trust in town since everyone one her list seems to have a motive, no matter how naught or nice they are. This new series had me at “Lighthouse”! I was excited to have a strong female protagonist and a solid whodunit in this setting. I devoured this book and was already searching to see if a release date has ben set for the next one. IT’S THAT GOOD! Be sure to check out the recipes at the end and you can enjoy some delicious treats right along with the characters.

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  • A bit caracaturish for me

    The key characters are a likeable bunch, if perhaps just a little caracaturish for me. There were some lovely red herrings along the way that kept the interest going, but this time I worked out whodunnit. At times suspicion was cast upon the most unlikely of people which did make one think twice, hmm!. The setting for this murder mystery is lovely and the motive for the actions taken, plausible. With thanks to Kensington Books, Netgalley and the author for my advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Simply Fabulous!

    Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop is the first in Darci Hannah's new Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series following Lindsey Bakeswell and her devoted Newfoundland dog, Wellington. In this book, I was pleased to meet Lindsey who has always dreamed of owning her own bakery. After finding her fiancé in a compromising situation, covered in icing sugar along with his tarty pastry chef, Mia, she heads off to small-town Beacon Harbor, Michigan and sets up a bakery cafe in a former lighthouse, leaving New York City behind. There is a problem, though; the Beacon Point Lighthouse Preservation Society aren't keen on Lindsey's lattes, donuts and pastries. They wanted the lighthouse preserved for its historical importance, whilst others believed the local lore about ghosts and hauntings and would have liked it demolished. In spite of the obduracy of some of the locals, the opening event of 'The Beacon Bakeshop & Café' is a success, until her ex-fiancé shows up with Mia in tow and Rory Campbell, Lindsey's new neighbour discovers that one of the customers isn't breathing; it's Mia. It is wonderful to start a cozy mystery series from the very beginning and I jumped into Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop with feverish excitement! This super new series has a fabulous, engaging main character. Darci Hannah's new sleuth, Lindsey, is smart, caring and determined. With a compelling plot, drama aplenty, a great bunch of characters, and oodles of mayhem added to the mix, this was a fantastic read that kept me on my toes. Darci Hannah's writing style was a good fit for me. Trying to unravel the mystery in the pockets of Lindsey, with the aid of her BFF, Kennedy Kapoor and her handsome neighbour, Rory was lots of fun and I welcomed the comfortable pace as well as the surprising, neatly packaged ending. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop and I'm game to see what adventures befall Lindsey and the Beacon Harbor crowd, next. The book includes recipes that pastry and donut lovers will salivate over, and I'm keen to try out the Carrot-Raisin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting. Very highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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