Thank you for joining me for my stop on the blog tour for Murder at the Mystery Bay Hotel by Marcia Spillers. I have a review to share today along with an excerpt but first of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
About the book
BY MARCIA SPILLERS
Genre: Cozy/Amateur Sleuth Mystery
Series: Mystery Bay Series #1
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Can Delphie Beauchamp, a Texas born research librarian fresh from a break-up with her two-timing boyfriend, help best friend and newly elected Chief of Police Em Landry, solve a double homicide in the old Mystery Bay Cemetery? Chief Landry needs Delphie's help in solving the murders, along with determining why specific graves from the early eighteen-hundreds have been vandalized. Her canine best friend in tow, a twenty-two-pound dachshund named Huckleberry, Delphie heads for the tropical island of Mystery Bay, Florida where she begins a journey that includes a pinch of gold, a touch or romance, and a wallop of ghosts, in a race to solve the mystery, of the Mystery Bay Hotel.
The smell of the ocean, crisp and briny like a jar of pickles, held just a hint of murder in the air. I picked up my luggage from the small carousel inside the terminal and opened the glass door of the Mystery Bay International Airport. The sultry, mid-October sunshine hit me all at once, along with the sweet fragrance of the red, frangipani trees that bordered the edges of the sidewalk. Amazing how paradise was just a plane ride away.
“God, what a beautiful day.” I dropped my suitcase on the pink-hued coral sidewalk and pulled out my sunglasses. Before I could slip them on, Huckleberry, my twenty-two pound, red Dachshund whined for me to take off his winter sweater. Poor little guy. The outfit worked great for the chilly October weather in central Texas but not the south Florida humidity.
“Sorry, Huck.” I unhooked his leash and pulled off the sweater. Stretching out his long body, Huckleberry trotted over to the nearest hibiscus bush and hunched over. Seconds later he sighed in relief.
I coughed and fanned the air. Guess he wasn’t that hot in his sweater after all.
I love a mystery within a story, I find it so much fun putting the clues together and trying to solve the puzzle. So as soon as I read the description I was sure this book would be ideal for me but what did I think...
The book has lovely descriptive writing that made me feel as if I was right there in Mystery Bay. The puzzle of the captain was intriguing and it was fun seeing Delphine put the clues together. I enjoyed the genealogy side to the story too as this is something that has always fascinated me.
I always have a soft spot for any dogs that feature in books and Huck is no exception, I thought he was fab. At first I wasn't sure about the supernatural aspect to the story but after a while I just let myself be carried away with the story. I guess it didn't matter to me in the end and I think it actually fitted into the story really well. The plot moved pretty quickly and overall very smoothly.
Delphine is a great character who is determined to help her friend solve the murders. She has help along the way and the hint of romance is a lovely touch. Will there be a happy ending for Delphine and can she solve the mystery in time?
Mostly light hearted and perfect for a lazy afternoon of reading!
Thank you to Marcia Spillers & Brook Cottage Books for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Marcia Spillers has been a Librarian/Archivist for more than twenty years. Currently a school librarian, she lives in Austin, Texas with her two chows, Bella and Susie Bear. Marcia spent seventeen years in south Florida perfecting her writing skills, along with completing the Writer’s Program at UCLA.
Website: www.Marcia Spillers.com