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Murder at the Moonshine Inn

(Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When high-powered executive Roxanne Howard dies in a pool of blood outside the Moonshine Inn, Richmond, Virginia's premier redneck bar, the victim's sister enlists Hazel Rose to ferret out the killer. At first Hazel balks--she's a romance writer, not a detective. But Brad Jones, Rox's husband, is the prime suspect. He's also Hazel's cousin, and Hazel believes in doing anyt ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Koehler Books
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Patricia Gligor
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Murder at the Moonshine Inn" by Maggie King is full of surprises - for the main character, Hazel Rose, and for readers.
Hazel is a romance writer who belongs to a local book club. Although she enjoys reading mysteries, she doesn't consider herself an amateur detective but she does believe in helping family. So, when the wife of one of her newly discovered cousins is murdered and her cousin is the number one suspect, she enlists the help of the members in her book club to prove his innocence. In
Margaret Andrews
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don’t read a lot of mysteries, but I really enjoyed this one. (I also enjoyed Maggie King’s first book in this series). One of my pet peeves about stories with “amateur” detectives is buying into how they become the primary crime solver, but King deftly pulls it off so that it doesn’t nag at me the whole time. She paints scenes and characters so well they leap off the page. And the story itself is well paced, engaging and funny, keeping my interest all the way through. I also like the fact tha ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
3.5 stars

Murder at the Moonshine Inn by Maggie King is, in my opinion, a mix of “cozy mystery” and “traditional mystery” – with a variety of elements from both genres.

Hazel Rose is a romance writer, married to a retired-detective-turned-true-crime-writer. She’s also the narrator of this tale and her dry wit (and the author’s way with words) is a delight. Besides Hazel, a gaggle of interesting characters parades through the novel, from the silly to the sad and just about everything in between. I
Pat Mcdonald
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book from the outset; there’s a quality to the inner voice and a tongue in cheek humour that I found appealing. It’s an excellently written story drenched in detail that carries the mounting tension along a treat.
As a crime writer with a background in policing I found the whole idea of having a book group play detective interesting. I felt like a voyeur as the lady members picked at the clues amid their everyday lives of baking brownies, meeting for lunch and, yes, assessing the boo
Teresa Kander
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I've been waiting for this book ever since I read the first one, Murder At The Book Group, two years ago. As I said then "Murder, books, and a book group...what more do I need?"
This book begins eight years after the last one, putting Hazel into a slightly older age bracket--more in line with my own age, which is nice. At the same time, her character has retained the personality traits which endeared her to me in the first place.
Since we last saw her, Hazel has been filling her time writing nov
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries
In this, the second of the Hazel Rose Book Group mysteries, Hazel enlists her friends to help investigate the murder of the wife of Brad Jones, a newly discovered cousin.
Though she's not certain about Brad's innocence and he refuses to speak to her, Hazel believes in doing what she can to help a family member. Since curiosity is often cited as a female virtue (or vice), asking the assistance of the group might be seen as good sense.
It isn't long before Hazel has a longer than anticipated list of
Betsy Ashton
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Hazel Rose is asked to look into a grisly murder, she realizes her long lost cousin is the prime suspect. With her book group, she runs into hidden lives, more distant relatives and more bodies. If you like red herrings, this book has enough to satisfy even the hardiest fish lover. Keeps you turning pages until the very end.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What do they say about family? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Well, with Hazel Rose's family, there is a crop of bad apples. Reluctantly, Hazel gets involved with a murder investigation of a high power executive with unsavory morals. With the solicited help of Hazel's book group, Hazel picks through a slew of potential suspects. This book was riveting to the core! ...more
Sybil Johnson
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder at the Moonshine Inn abounds with interesting characters, plot twists and turns and unexpected revelations sure to please mystery fans.
Miriam Downey
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Ok! So it's election night and I am absolutely frantic. Are you? What better thing to do than to read and review a fun mystery. How about a cozy? How about Murder at the Moonshine Inn?

Hazel Rose is a romance novelist and a member of a Richmond VA book club. This particular book club reads mysteries. Several years ago, the members of the book club were shocked when one of their members was murdered. Hazel Rose and her book club fr
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A well-written and fascinating cozy mystery, MURDER AT THE MOONSHINE INN chronicles the second investigative outing of middle-aged baby boomer romance writer Hazel Rose, wife of a true crime author. Hazel successfully uncovered the killer of a member of her book group, eight years earlier. Since then Hazel has contented herself with authoring her novels, meeting fans, and learning the power of an effective "no." Until--Hazel is challenged to priv
Sharon Aguanno
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this series! Although there are lots of characters, Hazel Rose is the main character and is beautifully developed. Right out of the gate Maggie draws you in with how down to earth Hazel is! There are lots of twists, turns and humor throughout the story. Lots of hints along the way and I actually guessed the killer just before it was revealed, which is always fun. This is the second Maggie King novel that I have read and I am looking forward to the next one!

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Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy, mystery
Murder at the Moonshine Inn is a little edgier than most cozy mysteries, but it does just manage to stay cozy. It was a nice change to have the protagonist try to refuse to do the investigating, realizing how dangerous it would probably be, and then to finally agree to do it but only with the aid of her book group, and to a lesser degree, her husband.

The story is full of twists, turns, and humor, and should please both cozy and traditional mystery fans.
Oct 17, 2016 added it
Hazel Rose and the women of the book group are at it again, investigating two murders while pretending they are doing nothing of the sort! With suspects and possible motives aplenty, they have to consider: Was it for love, for money, or for revenge?
Mary Heyl
Dec 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I love a good mystery as much as the next person, but this book was long, boring and tedious. Characters had no charisma at all. The storytelling is bland and long winded. Would I recommend the book to a friend, no.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Second book in the Hazel Rose series. Good follow on. Entertaining.
Settle in and invite your own bookclub to share in this complex and thought provoking multiple murder mystery. The main characters may be approaching retirement age but their brains have not slowed down.
Hazel Rose has no intention of investigating another real life murder. She says no when asked, more than once. So, is she really giving in when she invites her whole book club to seek out the truth?

Doing research for a future book is not her only cover story. Hazel may not be the only one wearing
Samantha McGraw
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maggie King’s, Hazel Rose Book Group is charming, funny, and sexy. They keep me entertained from start to finish. Hazel's family keeps her on her toes and keeps her guessing. I'm a fan of cozy mystery and this one is full of suspects and plot twists that will keep you guessing until the end.Just when you think you know what's going on, another surprise twist comes along, leaving you guessing again.

Maggie's writing is both comical and suspenseful. You'll keep turning pages until you reach the end
Elvy Howard
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I enjoyed the most was reading a well written mystery starring a woman I could relate to. Hazel is not a spring chicken, but she's a woman engaged in her life in a way that seems authentic. A very enjoyable read. ...more
Iris Chacon
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A grand classic murder puzzle for mystery lovers

Hazel Rose is a crime writer who has one solved murder under her belt already when friend Nina asks Hazel to investigate the death of Nina's sister in the parking lot of the Moonshine Inn. Hazel declines, because she's a writer, not a detective. Then Nina also is murdered, and a relative of Hazel's is a suspect. Hazel and the other ladies in her book discussion group team up to solve a mystery with many unexpected twists and turns. This is a cozy m
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
When I started this I didn’t realize that it wasn’t the first book in the series. However I had no problem figuring out who everyone was and I liked the fact that most of the characters were older instead of the twenty to thirty year olds you get in many cozy mysteries. The story moved quickly and held my attention.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gritty and sometimes funny.

Maggie King has created a fantastic ensemble of characters (and suspects). Well-written book and great plot.

I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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Maggie King is the author of MURDER AT THE BOOK GROUP and MURDER AT THE MOONSHINE INN, featuring Hazel Rose, an amateur detective living in Richmond, Virginia. Maggie also penned the short stories “A Not So Genteel Murder” and “Reunion in Shockoe Slip” for the VIRGINIA IS FOR MYSTERIES anthologies. "Wine, Women, and Wrong" is included in 50 SHADES OF CABERNET. Find "Keep Your Friends Close" in DEA ...more

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