Thursday, November 19, 2020

Review ~ DEATH OF A WANDERING WOLF by Julia Buckley

Death of a Wandering Wolf (Hungarian Tea House, #2)
by: Julia Buckley
Series: Hungarian Tea House
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: June 30, 2020
Publisher: Berkley
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Hana Keller is enjoying a day off from serving up tea and delicious pastries at her family's Hungarian Tea House when her downtime turns deadly....

The only thing Hana loves more than a good cuppa is finding a delicate porcelain treasure to add to her collection. She's usually on the hunt for teacups but when she spots a rare wolf figurine at a local yard sale, she knows it's her lucky day. Hana also knows the wolf is valuable and tells the seller that he's charging too little for it. His reaction is peculiar--he says he received the wolf from someone he doesn't trust and he just wants it out of his life.

Hana is inspecting her new prize when she finds a tiny microchip attached to the bottom of the porcelain wolf. When she shows the figure to her police detective boyfriend, Erik, Hana is shocked to learn that the chip is actually a tracking device. They decide to confront the seller about the sneaky sale but when they arrive at his house, they find him dead. Erik and Hana now must hunt a calculating killer who has no intentions of crying wolf when it comes to murder...

Julia Buckley is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors. Death of a Wandering Wolf has made her Hungarian Tea House series one of my favorites. I love that Julia infuses her culture into the series.

Death of a Wandering Wolf finds Haniska “Hana” Keller and her friend Katie browsing a basement garage sale. Hana is shocked to discover that there are so many beautiful paintings up for sale at a fraction of what they should be worth, in her estimate. Hana hits the jackpot when Katie discovers a Herend wolf statue for only $5. When Hana goes to speak with the seller, Will Kodaly, she discovers that he’s the artist of all the paintings being sold and that he knows her family. Hana tries to pay more for the Herend wolf, but Will declines. She soon finds herself at another murder scene, when she takes her boyfriend, Detective Erik Wolf, back to Will’s house. Erik and Hana discover that Will has been killed and Erik is sure the wolf Hana purchased is somehow involved.

Hana later finds herself helping her friend Falken go through Will’s house to determine what things can be sold. Never does she expect to find that Will has had her family investigated. But things get even more complicated when Hana is almost killed not once but twice, after coming face to face with the killer. It’s a good thing wolves travel in packs, and that the Kedves/Keller women are suspected of having a sixth sense.

Death of a Wandering Wolf was an amazing story that left me guessing up until the reveal and still had me on the edge of my seat. I loved that the romance between Hana and Erik was stepped up, providing a little closed-door romance. Hana learns a little more about Erik’s family and is finally sure that Erik is the one for her. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

**Received a copy of the book courtesy of the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.**

Rating: 5

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