Mysteries in the Time of Post COVID-19

Now that the COVID crisis has been declared “over,” I’ve started a new page of mystery reviews. Here we go!

Allyson's bookshelf: currently-reading

The Pumpkin Killer

“An Irish Village Mystery Book”
Murder at an Irish Bakery: An Enchanting Irish Mystery (#9) [04/10/2023]

The ninth book in the series has Garda Siobhan O’Sullivan working as security for a baking contest at the O’Farrell’s old flour mill. Owner Fia O’Farrell hopes that the baking contest will generate money to help keep the bakery/mill from closing. Of course, things don’t go smoothly and the famous baker who is part of the contest, falls head first in her first contest effort.

It’s now up the Gardas to discover who the killer is and hope that the killer doesn’t strike again.

Another fantastic entry in the series though I did miss not reading as much about her family as previous books.

5 baking paws

“Lord Edgington Investigates”
Murder at the Spring Ball: A 1920s Mystery (#1) [03/10/2023]

Since the death of his wife, former Scotland Yard superintendent, Lord Edgington of Cranley Hall became a recluse but not totally as he read the newspaper each and every day.

He pulled himself out of his funk and with the help of his teenaged grandson, Christopher, he decided it was time for Cranley Hall to host another one its spectacular spring balls. Unfortunately, one of his family members ends up drinking poisoned champagne (a fate which could have befallen the entire family). The former Scotland Yard superintendent puts on his investigative hat and with the assistance of his grandson, Christopher, sets out to find out whodunit.

I really enjoyed the book especially since it was from the viewpoint of grandson Christopher. I adore British mysteries set in between the major wars and if this is your cup of tea, by all means, go for it.

5 British paws

“A Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery”
Death on Deck (#13) [04/04/2023]

Lady Eleanor Swift accompanied by her whole staff, including her bulldog Gladstone take the maiden voyage of the luxury cruiser, The Celestina, making its way to New York City (no doubt, the next book will be set in NYC).

She didn’t initially want to take the cruise, preferring to spend her birthday with her Beau Detective Hugh Seldon but as fate had it, Hugh was called off on a case leaving Eleanor to not want to spend her birthday alone, accepted the invitation to be on the Celestina.

Of course, murder isn’t far behind and she ends up working with a surprising investigator to ferret out exactly who committed the murder.

Another excellent entry in the series and I can’t wait to read the next book!

5 cruising paws

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