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A Fatal Collection

(Keepsake Cove Mystery #1)

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Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Just as they're beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt's body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can't accept Melodie's death being called ...more
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Published November 8th 2017 by Midnight Ink
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Carrie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Callie Reed hasn't seen her aunt Melodie for ten years since her father passed back when she was in college. With one thing or another getting in the way ever since Callie had been putting off that visit. Now however with her relationship up in the air she decided to take the time to head to the quaint little Keepsake Cove that got it's name for it's collectible shops and Callie's aunt Melodie had opened a music box shop.

After arriving Callie and Melodie get a bit reconnected as Melodie is work
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Sabine
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first mystery in what I hope will be a long lasting series. I wish I could visit Keepsake Cove and stroll through the little stores that sell all the things fun and collectible and then relax for a while at Brian's Keepsake Diner.

The mystery had just a hint of magic - not overpowering and not even really enough to call it paranormal.
A lot of clues and red herrings kept me guessing until the end. I did have a strong suspicion who the killer was but never enough to be sure about it.
It
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Linda
Keepsake Cove is an enchanting town filled with irresistible collectible shops and a cafe that serves delicious meals. I can easily picture myself strolling through the streets and oohing and aahing in the shops. It backs up to a small bay area and the storefronts remind one of beautiful scenes from a Dickens novel. The protagonist, Callie, arrives to visit her Aunt Melodie, 'Mel', who owns a lovely music box shop, House of Melody. Callie's Grandpa Reed loved music boxes and his extensive collec ...more
LORI CASWELL
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is an excellent start to what I hope will be a long-running series.

The story takes place in Keepsake Cove on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Callie Reed’s Aunt Melodie owns a music box shop and a cute little cottage there. Callie arrives for a short visit that turns into so much more after her aunt suffers a tragic fall. Melodie’s death is ruled accidental, but something just seems off. Her aunt was healthy and vital. She knew the layout of her store even in the dark, and why w
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Juli
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Callie Reed travels to Maryland to visit her Aunt Melodie. She hasn't seen her aunt in 10 years. Not only does she want to reconnect with her aunt, but she needs time away to decide what to do about her troubled love life. Her aunt shows her around her music box shop, House of Melody, explaining the long time Reed family tradition of collecting music boxes. House of Melody is one of many collectible shops in Keepsake Cove, catering to the tourist trade on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Aunt Melo ...more
Dawn Michelle

If you enjoy a formulaic style, tepid writing, and a killer you can see a mile away, then this is the book for you.

Almost from the first page I found this to be tepid, gimmicky and just meh.I was never invested in any of the characters and didn't feel a connection or a pull to any of them. I read a lot of cozy mysteries [almost 100 of the 180 books I have read this year were cozy mysteries] and so I know a little bit about the genre and what it takes to make a good read. THIS was not one of th
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A FATAL COLLECTION will be a keepsake of mine for a very long time to come!

I have said many times that readers can’t go wrong with a book from author Mary Ellen Hughes. She has once again proven me right. This first book in her Keepsake Cove Mystery series is a real winner!

Many things made me want to read, A FATAL COLLECTION. The first of course is author Hughes. The second is the location of the series both real, and fictional. It takes place on the East Coast, in Maryland, close to the town
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Linda
Keepsake Cove is an enchanting town filled with irresistible collectible shops and a cafe that serves delicious meals. I can easily picture myself strolling through the streets and oohing and aahing in the shops. It backs up to a small bay area and the storefronts remind one of beautiful scenes from a Dickens novel. The protagonist, Callie, arrives to visit her Aunt Melodie, 'Mel', who owns a lovely music box shop, House of Melody. Callie's Grandpa Reed loved music boxes and his extensive collec ...more
Karen
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I finished A Fatal Collection on October 20th, and I really enjoyed it. I requested to review this book based first on its cover and then when I read the discription i wanted to read it even more. I enjoyed this book which is the first in a new series about Keepsake Cove, a town that is made up of touristy type specialty shops and has a very cozy feel, that is when the neighbors are all getting along. I was surprised at the twists and turns and neighborhood mishaps & drama. I was intrigued b ...more
Tari
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Callie Reed has come to Keepsake Cove to visit her Aunt Melodie for a couple of days but never expected the events of that first night. Melodie had spent the day showing Callie around her shop, House of Melody, which sold music boxes. They were just getting reacquainted when in the early hours of the next morning, Callie heard a noise, went to the shop and found her aunt lying dead on the floor from what was ruled an accidental fall.

Callie's life changes drastically and she's also not convinced
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Fred
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Killer Collection is the first book in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series.

Another wonderful cozy series from Mary Ellen Hughes

Callie knows that she owes her Aunt Melody a visit and with the break up with boyfriend, she feels that this is the perfect time for a visit. So she jumps in her car and heads for Keepsake Cove. Keepsake Cove is a quaint area of the little town of Mapleton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and is home to numerous shops featuring various collectible items. Callie’s aunt’s shop i
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Lisa Morin
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Visiting a small town like Keepsake Cove sounds wonderful. It would be so much fun to visit all the shops, then stop into the Keepsake Cafe for a veggie sandwich.
Callie Reed is a fun loving character who I look forward to getting to know.
After deciding to visit her Aunt Melody, Callie is looking forward to visiting her shop, House of Melodies in charming Keepsake Cove.
For Callie, the visit is short lived as she stumbles upon her aunt's body.
Aunt Mel's death is ruled an accident and even though
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Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes is the first book in the Keepsake Cove mystery series. One of my favorite things about this story was the unique shop that Callie inherits. Music boxes are so fun and beautiful, and I really enjoyed reading about them! I loved Keepsake Cove and all the fun little shops nestled together. This was a fast read. I found myself sitting down to read just a few pages, and realizing I’d spent more time in Keepsake Cove than planned. I was sad to have to say goodby ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
This was a great first installment in a new cozy series. I really enjoyed meeting Callie, along with the rest of the residents of Keepsake Cove. This was one of those mysteries that start right from the beginning - Callie visits her Aunt Melodie, who owns a music box collectible store, and she finds her dead the first night of her visit. Callie sets out to find the killer, but it is someone she would never expect it to be and the reason why is even more compelling.

I voluntarily reviewed this bo
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Jessica Robbins
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Linda
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When problems crop up in Callie Reed's personal life, she decides to take a long overdue trip to Keepsake Cove in Maryland to visit her Aunt Melodie. But the visit soon turns tragic when Callie finds her aunt's dead body the next morning, the apparent victim of an accidental trip and fall. Callie is further surprised to learn that her aunt has made her the sole beneficiary of her estate, including her cottage and the adjacent shop, House of Music. Callie quickly decides to sever ties with her fo ...more
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
I want to thank NetGalley and Midnight Ink for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate this opportunity.

Publication: 11/8/17

Synopsis: Callie makes an overdue visit to see her aunt Mel at Keepsake Cove. Callie is considering breaking up with her toxic boyfriend Hank and needed to see her Aunt. When Callie arrives in Keepsake Cove, the two women reminisce and bond over all the good times. Aunt Mel shows Callie her Grandpa Reed's music box that has been in the fami
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The Cozy Review
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Callie Reed is visiting her aunt, Melodie at her cottage in picturesque Keepsake Cove. Home to a bevy of collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The morning after her first night with her aunt, Callie discovers Melodie’s body on the floor of the music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie doesn’t believe that Melodie’s death was accidental, but she’s not sure why. It just doesn’t make sense. How could her robust and healthy aunt take a fatal fall? Why was she even in the shop in the middle of ...more
Bea  Charmed
3.5 stars

Another book that grabbed me with its cover and title. As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. The location was a plus too. I've been to Maryland's eastern Shore albeit a ling time ago and it's a location that I don't see often in books. Hughes did a good job with the setting and making it a part of the story. "A Fatal Collection" was centered both in the town of Mapleton and in the region of the Eastern Shore.

Callie is making a long overdue visit to her aunt and they are
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Peggy R
This is the first in a new series by Mary Ellen Hughes and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. It has a charming setting, likable characters and a good mystery. I liked that it was set in a quaint town where the keepsakes stores are all located in one section. I found Callie to be a very likable character with the determination to continue her aunts legacy (a music box store) after her death. The circumstances give Callie a chance to start over. There is a terrific cast of secondary characte ...more
ette
Thanks to Ann Boots for this book which she gave me as a gift. It’s a really good cozy mystery, and I look forward to the next in the series.
Christopher
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great page-turner of a cozy mystery, as Hughes introduces a new setting and characters. A masterful example of the "show, don't tell" technique that any good writer should cultivate, I felt like I was experiencing nearly everything Callie was going through trying to figure out what was going on in Keepsake Cove; I enjoyed the novel for the development of the characters as much as for Callie working out the details behind her aunt's death. As a cozy mystery, there isn't much gore or violence, b ...more
Mary Brown
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Fatal Collection
Keepsake cove Mystery, Book #1
Mary Ellen Hughes
5 Stars

Synopsis:

Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Just as they're beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt's body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can't accept Melodie's death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy
...more
Kristina
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, cozy-mysteries
A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes is the first book in A Keepsake Cove Mystery series. Callie Reed is visiting her Aunt Melodie in Keepsake Cove, Maryland. Melodie owns House of Melody, a music box shop and lives in an adorable red cottage behind the shop. The next morning, Callie goes looking for Melodie and finds her dead in the shop. The police rule it an accidental death, but Callie is not so sure. After the funeral, Callie discovers that she inherited the shop and cottage. It is the p ...more
Betty
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, cozy, e-books, cats, paranormal
The first book in the Keepsake series and a new author for me. I enjoyed the book but I found it hard to rate. It lacks one of the elements to be a cozy, no police involvement. It is not really a novel. There are suggestions of paranormal factors. The description of the areas will put you right into the setting. The thought of a small section of a village that has a series of stores denoted to different collections is inspiring. The concept that the MC did not put herself in danger is a plus. Th ...more
Darcysmom
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review.
Keepsake Cove is an ideal location for a cozy mystery series. It is a small town on Maryland's Eastern Shore that has a cottage tourist industry based around collectibles shops. The owners of these shops are interesting folks whose further character development will add richness to the series.
Callie Reed is visiting with her Aunt Mel, owner of House of Melody, a music box shop, when Mel dies under mysteriou
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Barb
Callie finally makes the trip to visit her Aunt Melodie, but Melodie is unexpectedly found dead during the visit. The authorities call it an accident, but Callie doesn't agree with their conclusion. While she's learning the business and getting to know her neighbors and fellow shopkeepers, she also pokes around a bit to try to learn what really happened to Melodie.

I've never read anything by this author before, but I enjoyed this book enough that I'll be looking into her other books. It was well
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I borrowed this book from the library since I have the 2nd book on my Kindle. I love cozies and this one was just a little different from what I am used to reading but not in a bad way at all. Someone dies but no one except Callie thinks that foul play might be involved. This sets up an interesting plot line and a variety of characters and a quaint shopping town with unique shop names.

I enjoyed getting to know the various people in the town and there are several "not so nice" characters but even
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Mystereity Reviews
An adorable and enjoyable cozy mystery, from the charming location to the cute characters and the excellent plot, it was a fun read. I loved the world that the author created with Keepsake Cove, a beautiful little tourist town in Maryland with quaint little shops and I would love to wander around the music box shop, looking at all the different models. The characters were just as charming as the location, I really liked Callie, a realistic main character that is easy to relate to. But the plot r ...more
Una
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Callie Reed has left a long time unfulfilling relationship and has come to visit her beloved aunt in Keepsake Cove. Shortly after she arrives, her aunt takes a deadly fall at night in her music box shop. Callie finds out that she is the sole survivor and heir to the shop and the cottage that is behind the shop. She has a hard time coming to terms with her aunt Melodie's fall being an accident as she was too healthy and young for such a fall. As we meet the owners of the different shops in Keepsa ...more
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