12.30.2022 | Friday

One Corpse Open Slay

category: Book Reviews

One Corpse Open Slaytitle: One Corpse Open Slay
author: Dakota Cassidy
series: Marshmallow Hollow Mysteries #3
published: 30 November 2020
publisher: self-published
genre(s): cozy mystery, paranormal
pages: 215
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

rating: four-stars | series rating: four-stars

the blurb

Welcome to Marshmallow Hollow, Maine, a holiday mystery, where it's all Christmas all the time and murder is hung by the chimney with care...

Halliday Valentine here! It’s a week before Christmas, and my quaint holiday town, Marshmallow Hollow, is chock-a-block with seasonal activities. Some less fun than others…like the ice sculpting competition my bestie, Stiles, has talked me into. Let’s just say, as a pair, Michelangelo we ain’t. I’m secretly relieved when our epically awful ice display gets damaged. It gives me a chance to watch my new beau, Hobbs, compete in the sled race.

But not five seconds in, and Hobbs’s sled-loving dog, Stephen King, escapes my grip to get in on the action—and boy, does he. He even manages to find himself a sled to ride. Too bad it’s already occupied. With the corpse of a renowned ice sculpting judge.

True-crime lovers that we are, Hobbs and I jump right into the investigation. It’s not nosiness, I swear. A little kitten’s fate is on the line, after all (long story)!
Only problem? A bajillion suspects. The victim was nothing if not an equal-opportunity jerk, universally hated by everyone he’d ever met. And every suspect has an air-tight alibi. Not to mention, the murder weapon is a giant mystery the police can’t solve.

All this sleuthing would be a heck of a lot easier if I could just use my magic. But can I trust Hobbs with that reveal? Or more accurately, is he ready for that reveal?

a few notes

cover notes: the perfect cozy mystery cover
murder, family, vengeance
mood reading:
in the mood for a well-crafted cozy
bonus points:
great characters, humor, wit

my review

This series is so much fun! Dakota Cassidy creates cozy mysteries that are a perfect blend mystery and magic, humor, and romance. And the mysteries are complex and intriguing. In this one, a well-known member of the ice sculpting community is in town to judge a competition. But well known does not mean well liked. He’s a Casanova among the ladies, even though he’s also, in a word, a jerk. He’s also found murdered, and the aftermath of his death reveals a decades-old secret. So many twists and turns keep the reader guessing to the end!

About Dakota Cassidy

Dakota Cassidy is a national bestselling author with over thirty books. She writes laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, grab-some-ice erotic romance, hot and sexy alpha males, paranormal shifters, contemporary kick-ass women, and more.

Invited by Bravo TV, Dakota was the Bravoholic for a week, wherein she snarked the hell out of all the Bravo shows. She received a starred review from Publisher Weekly for Talk Dirty to Me, won an RT Reviewers Choice Award for Kiss and Hell, along with many review site recommended reads and reviewer top pick awards.

Dakota lives in the gorgeous state of Oregon with her real life hero and her dogs, and she loves hearing from readers!

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars
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