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    Murder and Magic in Savannah

    Southern Discomfort is a satisfyingly delicious read. A first book in a new cozy mystery series, author Caroline Fardig introduces us to the Quinn Belladini, her sister Delilah, grandfather Papa Sal, the hottie (newly returned home) boy next door Tucker, and other Savannah, Georgia locals. Being a traditional Southern girl, Quinn Bellandini is polite to a fault, can cook up a storm, and holds herself to the promises she makes to friends and family. When her friend Drew Green is suspected of killing his brother, and Quinn finds herself a "Person of interest" and suspected accomplice, she commits to helping clear her falsely accused friend and herself. Not being much of a sleuth, or smooth talker, Quinn gains the aid of her sister and they're off and hunting a killer. In the midst of it all of it, Quinn finds that lies, (unknown) truths, and misunderstandings have her questioning her beliefs and herself. But being the Southern girl her grandma raised, she follows through on her promise and finds herself having to figure out her feelings for Tucker, be they love or hate. I had the opportunity to read an ARC of this first book in a new series and I can't wait to see where Quinn and her friends go from here.
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    Good start to a new series

    I was excited to check out this new series because the author's Java Jive Mysteries series is one of my favorites. I was not disappointed. Quinn Bellandini, along with her sister Delilah and grandpa operate a B&B in Savannah. When Quinn's friend is arrested for murder and she thinks she is suspect #2 she decides she needs to take action. Unlike most cozies Quinn realizes this is dangerous and wishes she did not have to investigate but she feels this is the only way to save her friend. In the process she finds out a lot of unsettling facts about both friends and foes. This is a very good start to a new series. We know enough about the characters to like them and want to know them better. Savannah is a great setting and I find Uncle Frank's ghost to be a fun addition to the storyline.
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    Good new series!

    Southern Discomfort is a new series (Southern B&B mysteries) by Caroline Fardig, who is a season author, and is a little edgier than most cozies. There is more sex (not explicit) and maybe a little more double-dealing. Quinn and her sister Delilah have mostly taken over the running of their grandparents' B&B. Grandma has passed away but Grandpa Sal is still the personality of the place, if largely not involved in the day-to-day operations. He does do a magic show very day for the guests who often include families with children. He and his brother, Frank, had been professional magicians in their youth. Frank still sticks around in his ghostly form to help the family out. Quinn's friend, Drew, runs a restaurant in town with his brother Jason and Jason's wife Val. One evening after closing, Quinn delivers a homemade treat through the back door, for Drew, as an apology for what she considers a misunderstanding she wants to clear up . Instead of Drew in the kitchen she discovers Jason, dead on the floor with a knife in his back. She calls the police and discovers the good cop half of the good cop/bad cop set of detectives sent to interview her is a good friend from lower elementary school. She and Drew meet up the next day to talk about the crime and decide, since neither of them has any money, that they need to investigate. Before long, Drew is arrested on murder charges and the bad cop lets Quinn know she is a suspect as well and can expect to be brought in shortly. Delilah, meanwhile inserts herself into the investigation. It turns out she is better at being subtle than her sister, Quinn. She is also arranging to set Quinn up with the guy from high school that has just arrived home and moved in across the street. Quinn is not interested. She still holds against him a transgression she believes he committed in high school, but Tucker is omnipresent, turning up everywhere. I quite enjoyed this book. There were plenty of subplots, not the least of which is the presence of Uncle Frank (who not everyone believes in). The characters are well developed but leaving plenty of growth for future books. The murder was plotted well and there was plenty of misdirection, which kept both Quinn and reader engaged. Sadly, there were also friendships gone wrong and people misunderstood. The setting is ideal. No one ever has to die at the bed and breakfast and Tucker across the street is the cherry on top. I liked this novel and think it is worth a read. Enjoy! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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    Ghost Clues

    Fan of Caroline Fardig. This Southern Discomfort Mystery seemed a bit unemotional to me. Murder of a chef starts this "Who Done it?". A neighborhood B&B run by a family give us sisters Quinn and Delilah following the clues to locate the killer. Friends, old acquaintances, and historical locations flip the pages of this novel enjoyably. In the shadows a spirit communicates hints that I wish would have played a bigger part. " A copy of this book was provided byRandom House Publishing Group - Alibi via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
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    Great mystery

    I absolutely love this book. Quinn is a great strong character, who knows when to use her no nonsense persona at the right time. After stumbling upon a murder, Quinn finds herself trying to clear not only her name but her friends as well. She is devoted to finding the real murderer and her sister, Delilah, helps along the way and gains a few "unclear" (at the time they are revealed) hints regarding the murderer from an unexpected source. There were moments when I thought I had it all figured out who the real murderer was, but than a new piece of information would be revealed and I would find myself with a new suspect. I love when there are twists in a book that keep you guessing and never really knowing who or what it is until the very end. I highly recommend this book!
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