Jan 28, 2020

Southern Double Cross by Caroline Fardig

Hello my cozy friends,

Today I am reviewing "Southern Double Cross" the 3rd instalment in the ”Southern B&B Mystery” series by Caroline Fardig.   I read a novella by Caroline in Year-Round Trouble Anthology and enjoyed it so thought I would give this a try. I found the story to be very entertaining and have purchased the previous books in the series.

A fundraising party goes south in a delightful cozy mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of Southern Discomfort and the Java Jive novels

Quinn Bellandini is ready to get back to running her grandfather’s B&B in Savannah, Georgia, with her sister, Delilah—but first, she has to coordinate a fundraising event at the house of local philanthropists, with the help of her boyfriend, Tucker Heyward. Everything is running smoothly until Quinn’s friend, Pepper Fox, frantically calls her with the horrifying news that the lady of the house was found dead. Pepper’s brother, who was working as a caterer, is soon charged with her murder.

Pepper knows her brother didn’t commit the crime and asks Quinn, now a veteran detective with two solved murders under her belt, to prove his innocence. Quinn can’t bear to see her friend upset and enlists Delilah and Tucker to help investigate.

The invite list quickly turns into the suspect list as tensions mount and old feuds are brought to light. Could Quinn have hired the only catering company in Georgia that throws in a murder on the side?
Even though this is the first book I have read in the series I was able to follow along easily so it can be read as a stand alone.  I really enjoyed it and practically read in one sitting and have since purchased the other books in the series.

The protagonist Quinn and her sister Delilah have a great relationship,  and I liked how they came together to help their friends brother. The side characters are well rounded and seem real as I could relate to almost all of them . The town of Savannah Georgia is somewhere I have always wanted to visit, so I found the setting interesting.

There are plenty of twists and turns in this story, and I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on who the murderer was right to the very end. The story moves at a steady pace, and I had a hard time putting it down.

I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.
I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Random House and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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