1.4.2023 | Wednesday

Carnage in a Pear Tree

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Carnage in a Pear Treetitle: Carnage in a Pear Tree
author: Dakota Cassidy
series: Marshmallow Hollow Mysteries #4
published: 23 September 2021
publisher: self-published
genre(s): cozy mystery, holiday, paranormal
pages: 216
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookHype | 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...

Hellooo! I'm at it again, and only a day after my last run-in with a killer!

Hobbs and I are growing closer and closer, but there always seems to be a mystery waiting for us just around the corner, nipping at our heels and thwarting our hot romance.

A very nice waiter named Joey Scarpetti, from the Marshmallow Hollow Ski Lodge is dead, and it happened in my backyard in my pear tree, no less. So what’s a girl to do but investigate?

On top of that, I catch Hobbs having coffee with a very stylish, flawlessly beautiful, natural blonde (hair envy here!), and I’m in a bit of a tizzy.

But when I have a gruesome vision of a young woman, so grief-stricken she wants to leave this plane forever, I know I have to find out if my vision is from a future event and if so, is there a way I can prevent a horrible tragedy?

All bets are off the table as I hunt for a killer and try and save a young woman’s life!


a few notes

cover notes: seasonal, cozy
keywords/phrases:
murder, magic, obsession, stalking
mood reading:
in the mood for a complex mystery with fun elements
bonus points:
smart characters, humor

my review

I think this one just might be my favorite in the series! There was a heavier tone to parts of the story that I appreciated, as it added a lot to the suspense and anticipation. As always, the author creates tons of twists and turns, lots of little reveals that totally hide the true whodunit. When the bad guy was finally revealed, I was utterly floored. And while the mystery was wonderful, so too was the romance. I love Hobbs and Hal together, but a potential wrench is thrown into it when it’s discovered that he, too, has a secret. So good!


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
plot
four-stars
characters
four-half-stars
writing
four-stars
pacing
four-stars
cover
four-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

reading challenges:

  • 2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Alphabet Soup: Author Edition Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge
  • 2023 Linz the Bookworm Reading Challenge
  • 2023 PopSugar Reading Challenge
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