Friday, February 5, 2016

Review ~ MURDER BY THE BAY by Tonya Kappas

Murder by the Bay (Blossom Bay Short Series, #1)
by: Tonya Kappas
Series: Blossom Bay Short Series
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: January 11, 2016
Source: Personal Purchase

Welcome to Blossom Bay, a cozy east coast town with a colorful set of characters that you will fall in love with. The Blossom Bay Short Series is a series of short stories based on the characters of Blossom Bay. Some of the short stories will be mystery, some will be romance, while others will be woman's fiction. One thing is for sure, each short story with have the fun and charm of the Tonya Kappes novels you are use to reading.

Murder By The Bay

Julia France has had a reoccurring dream of the same house for years. On her way to meet up with a group of friends for a get-away weekend, the dream house appeared right before her eyes. Lucky her! The house was not only a bed and breakfast for the quaint community, it was for sale! Julia knew it had to be fate and bought the house.

Blossom Bay Inn is open for business and Julia's dream come true has come to a halt when someone is found dead at the Inn. Is Julia's dream over before it even started?

Julia France has found her dream house.  Even better, the house is a bed and breakfast and on the market to be sold.  After months of delay, she is finally opening the Blossom Bay Inn.  With her first guests scheduled to arrive within hours, Julia and her chef step into the inn for the first time.  The whole place is in desperate need of a cleaning.  Worse, Julia discovers a dead body.

I found Murder by the Bay to be enjoyable.  I just wanted a little bit more character development.  I would have also liked there to have been a true mystery to solve.  Julia just basically stumbled upon solving the crime.  I'm curious to see how the series will progress.  I hope there’s more to be seen of Julia and Detective Max Winston.  I just don’t think this book did their characters justice.

**Personal Purchase**

Rating: 3

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  1. By saying it's a short series, is it actally more like a short story?

    1. Yes. It's only 28 pages long. I've read another one of her short stories, that was 33 pages long and she managed to give me what I needed and wanted.

      This, I just wanted more from the characters.


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