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Once Upon a Seaside Murder
Once Upon a Seaside Murder | Maggie Blackburn
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As the holidays approach, bookstore owner Summer Merriwether learns a dark secret in this second volume of Maggie Blackburn's Beach Reads mystery series. There's no place like home for the holidays, even if home is sleepy, beachside Brigid's Island, NC. During this season for giving, the town wakes up to a welcome throng of shoppers--and Beach Reads is no exception. But bookseller Summer Merriwether's Christmas cheer turns to cringing fear when she uncovers a deadly secret about her late mother--a secret someone will kill to keep. When the local library hosts a cozy mystery panel discussion, Summer learns that one of the authors on the panel based her book on an actual murder that shook Brigid's Island thirty-five years before. Worse, she soon learns that her dearly missed mother, Hildy, took a disturbingly deep interest in the case, going so far as to collect clippings and keep a journal of the dark doings. This doesn't jibe with Summer's memories of her usually cheery mother at all. Tidings get worse when Summer learns of her long-lost biological family's involvement in the crime...and still worse when the life of the book's author is threatened. With the help of Hildy's plucky book club, Summer puts her scholarly smarts to work on protecting the cozy author and solving the decades-old murder. But this ghost from Christmas past may still be deadly in the present, and if she can't find the killer, Summer's future will be brief.
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Read this in October for #BookSpinBingo #scarathlon2021 and #screamathon

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Once Upon a Seaside Murder | Maggie Blackburn
Mehso-so

This was ok, but just not my cup of tea. The book was too long, and there were too many details. By details, I mean her feelings. If this had been shorter and was a little lighter (less sad), I think I would have enjoyed it more. I understand she‘s dealing with a lot, but it was a bit of a downer for a cozy; really had to push myself to continue.