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Murder at the Mushroom Festival

(A Kelly Jackson Mystery #4)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  55 reviews
There’s a corpse among the chanterelles!
Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the Week of the Mushroom festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions sprea
Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Lyrical Underground
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Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Mushrooms, Murder and a bit of Mayhem! It’s the Week of the Mushroom and many fun events have been planned. Cooking classes and various mushroom hunting tours. Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast is participating in everything she can but it is not completely for her pleasure. No, she is tracking a murderer to clear her friend Daniel off the suspect list and the “Silver Sentinels” are helping her. Kelly finds herself in a little cold water but she and
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, animals, cozy, dogs
The 4th book of the Kelly Jackson mysteries covers multitude issues making an extraordinary story. Among the issues, the cover is a cooking class on mushrooms, public lands, sinker logs, Indian sacred grounds, problems with redwood and a mushroom hunting dog and pig.à
Redwood Cove is a B&B hotel situated along California northern coast. As the name implies the redwood grow there in large numbers. The town is hosting its annual mushrooms festival. Kelly has just been named manager of the hotel. Th
Linda 📚
I always enjoy visiting the regular characters in the Kelly Jackson mystery series. They have established a family-like closeness which contributes to the charm in each new book. Book 4 is a light mystery dealing with illegal redwood logging. A reporter’s life is cut short when he’s researching and planning to do an expose on mushroom patches. Is he killed because mushroom hunters want the locations of their private patches kept secret, or because he stumbles upon more high stakes secrets in his ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kelly, the manager at Redwood Cove B&B, is happy to host a cooking class during the Mushroom Festival. Visitors are arriving to the festival, and plenty of mushroom related activities are on the schedule. During festival week, a local newspaper reporter is found shot dead. Kelly and some sleuthing seniors look into who is behind his death.

The 4th book in the Kelly Jackson Mystery series. This is the first book in the series that I have read, but I plan on reading the first three too. A cute cozy
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had only read the first book in this series but when this one was released I couldn't resist jumping ahead. Just like the first, this mystery was well-written and plotted out. I did somewhat guess the killer (although I was second guessing myself at one point) but there were a couple of smaller mysteries going on that I didn't really have any idea who was behind those.

Kelly jackson was still sort of new at her job as manager of the Redwood Cove inn and she was looking forward to the upcoming M
Lisa Morin
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver is a light cozy mystery. Fans of this author will be pleased with this addition.

It's time for the Mushroom Festival in Redwood Cove.
Kelly, beginning her new position as manager, is hosting a cooking class at the Redwood Cove Inn. It's all about the mushrooms until tempers flare up due to a nosy reporter.
When the reporter winds up dead, Kelly is on the case, her friend Daniel stands accused of this dreadful crime.
With the help of the Silver Senti
Peggy R
This is an entertaining series that has a charming setting, good characters and solid mysteries. This fourth book continues to build on the previous three books in terms of the characters growth. Kelly Jackson is settling into her new life in Redwood Cove. She has a good sense of self and is level headed. When she and the Silver Sentinels are solving a case, she doesn't purposely or blindly put herself in jeopardy. The mystery is solid in this latest installment. As with the other books, there a ...more
Jessica Robbins
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, netgalley
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

What a cute new addition to this wonderful series. Kelly is fairly settled by this point and highly involved in the tight knit community. There is a mushroom festival going on that sounds like great fun if it wasn't for the dead body that was found. When a friend ends up the main suspect she starts asking questions with the help of the Silver Sentinels who are a hoot I must say. Add Tommy, his dog, and
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cozy-mystery
Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver is the fourth book in this series and the best one yet.

Kelly has settled into Redwood Cove now and loves joining into the local festivals and celebrations. Ms. Finsilver's writing is so descriptive that I always feel like I am right there with Kelly as she travels around Redwood Cove. I really appreciated the in-depth research of mushrooms. I learned a lot regarding the different types of mushrooms and all of the different ways to use them in fo
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading book 3 in this series I was determined to get caught up with this series again and not much later I picked up book 4 and started reading it. Murder at the Mushroom Festival is another great installment in this series. While the mystery didn't grip me as strongly, it was a lot of fun to be back in this town with the familiar group of characters.

I can't fully pinpoint why, but the mystery in this book wasn't gripping me as much. It wasn't as int interesting and I never really got inv
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Murder at the Mushroom Festival is the fourth installment in the A Kelly Jackson Mystery series set in Mendocino County, CA and featuring Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager, Kelly Jackson. Mushroom hunters are descending upon the area for the Week of the Mushroom Festival and Kelly is letting down on her luck Elise Jenkins hold a cooking class at the B&B.

Always looking to learn more about her new hometown Kelly immerses herself in the activities planned around the area for the mushroom hunte
RO G'ma
Murder at the Mushroom Festival is the fourth book in Janet Finsilver’s Kelly Jackson Mystery series. The series takes place in a small town on the coast of Northern California with caring, well developed, and affable characters and a well-plotted story line that flows at a steady pace. As with the other books, there are multiple mysteries woven throughout the book and in the end, they all come together and the reader can see how they are related. I enjoyed the twists and turns and didn’t guess ...more
Murder at the Mushroom Festival is Janet Finsilver's very enjoyable fourth entry in her Kelly Jackson cozy mystery series, and it was a pleasant return to Redwood Cove. Kelly and the Silver Sentinels are investigating another murder, and also an attempted murder, during the annual Mushroom Festival, but they're drawn into the theft of a very rare piece of sunken redwood lumber as well. When Daniel, one of Kelly's closest friends, is suspected of the murder, she enlists the help of her boss, Mich ...more
Clare O'Beara
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mushrooms and toxic fungi are to the forefront, but don't forget most fungi grow in wooded areas, so the redwood forest is also a feature of this book.
I enjoyed the nature settings and the food ideas, as well as the lively variety of characters and interests. I hadn't read any earlier books in the series and found it simple to pick up the threads.

The main sleuth is running her B&B in a small California town which is about to hold a mushroom festival. (We don't see her doing much of the admin,
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver is fourth installment in A Kelly Jackson Mystery series. Kelly Jackson, the manager of the Redwood Cove Bed-and-Breakfast, is looking forward to the Mushroom Festival in Redwood Cove, California. She has agreed to let Elise Jackson teach her mushroom class in the multipurpose room. Elise will be teaching the participants how to identify various mushrooms, how to cook with mushrooms and provide maps on where to find the fungi in the local area. O ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Kelly jackson is still learning about the town of Redwood Cove and her relatively new job as manager of the Redwood Cove Inn. The Upcoming Mushroom Festival featuring a mushroom hunt and other outdoor activities has her excitedly trying out new activities to share with her guests. Elise, is running a cooking class using mushrooms at the inn and will be providing some of the other food. There is a mystery involving the disappearance of "sinker logs", old-growth redwood logs that were submerged in ...more
Terry Ambrose
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Mushroom Festival puts a different twist on the cozy mystery formula by adding a group of sleuthing seniors to the protagonist Kelly Jackson's crime solving repertoire. Not that Kelly really needs any help, she's a pretty good sleuth herself and turns up plenty of clues all on her own.

There are a number of twists in this tale that will keep you guessing as to who the real killer is. There's also plenty of information about mushrooms. We're not just talking plain, old, everyday butt
Allie York
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this series!
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series has quickly become one of my favourites. This fourth in the series exceeded my expectations.
These characters are among my all time favourites. Pair this with a first rate whodunit and you have a true gem of a series.
I hope there are more books in this series to look forward to!
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just loved this book! Having a setting that is almost in my own backyard of the Bay Area made it that much more fun to read! The characters were fun and interesting and I loved all of the activities the characters participated in while attending the Mushroom Festival (horse back riding, hiking, canoeing!) And let's not forget to mention the tiny piece of the puzzle, a murder to solve - and a well thought out one that had me to the end! I found the mushroom facts to be interesting and the story ...more
Denise Spicer
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 173 page quick, cute read features the amateur sleuths of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast in Northern California. Innkeeper Kelly, her Native American friend, and some “senior” sleuths investigate murder during the Annual Mushroom Fest. Lots of interesting outdoorsy descriptions – canoeing, hiking, foraging, and some mushroom information - - as well as llamas, cute dogs and A Pig.
Stanley McShane
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder at the Mushroom Festival is the fourth in the Kelly Jackson series and my first experience with the series or the author. In this installment, Kelly Jackson has been named permanent manager of the rustic Redwood Cove B&B and is gearing up for the festivities by bringing in Elise Jenkins to host a cooking class featuring mushrooms.

Among the town's guests are Ned Blaine, a reporter who is creating a lot of animosity as he noses into secret mushroom locations that he plans to disclose on the
Jennifer Ritter
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder at the Mushroom Festival is the fourth book in Janet Finsilver’s Kelly Jackson Mystery series. As the new manager of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast, Kelly is immersing herself in the culture of her new small town on the northern California coast. Part of her responsibilities is to help with the various festivals, the latest of which is the yearly mushroom festival. The B&B is hosting mushroom cooking classes to which attendees are both locals and out of towners, including the Professor’s ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
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Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The annual Mushroom Festival is ready to kick off in Redwood Cove, CA and it looks to be an interesting weekend. for Kelly Jackson, manager of the Redwood Cove B&B, she’s looking forward to participating in the activities as one of the newest residents. Things kick off with a mushroom class hosted at the B&B where a local report seems to have raised the ire of several local participants. The next day as the festival kicks off, the day begins with the murder of the local reporter…and her friend D ...more
What drew me in was the description and the cover. This can be read as a standalone. I did not feel lost or that I was missing something from not reading the others. I do plan to pick up the first three as I was delighted by this story. Ms Finsilver is a new-to-me author.

This book has a little of everything: mystery dealing with illegal redwood logging, Native American Indians’ sacred grounds, mushrooms, cooking class & mushroom recognition classes, a mushroom festival, and working animals.

A rep
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder, poisoning, blackmail, theft, destruction of Native American lands, assault, and threats! There’s plenty of action in Redwood Cove, a coastal town in northern California where lots of folks are gathering for the Mushroom Festival. Kelly Jackson, new manager of the Redwood Cove Bed-and-Breakfast finds herself in the middle of trouble when she and the Silver Sentinels, a group of amateur sleuths with wisdom and connections on their side, try to find a murderer and determine if the other cri ...more
Sherry Lynn
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I jumped into this series at book 4 and that was A o.k! Although I
really enjoyed the characters and need to go back and read the rest just because I want to!
My head was spinning though not in a bad way with all the villainous crimes! Murder, theft, blackmail, the Indian land being
dishonored and just a few threats thrown in to make everyone a
little nervous.
The road is twisty and curving and will keep you a bit on the edge of your seat with all the action and mystery.
I enjoyed meeting all the
Cathy Cole
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I dearly love crime fiction. I love the insights into the human mind. I love trying to solve each case. I love bringing justice to the world even if it is merely fictional. But there are times when the darkness of crime fiction can be a bit too much. It is at these times that I like to turn to mysteries that are kinder and gentler. Justice is still served, yet the vast majority of the cast are good people who contribute to their communities, are good to others, and who know all about doing what' ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver in exchange for an honest review. During the local mushroom festival, Kelly Jackson’s bed and breakfast hosts classes on mushrooms and where to find them. When an attendee is murdered, Kelly, guided by the Silver Sentinels, investigates and discovers the victim had been using his position as a reporter to cause lots and lots of trouble: blackmail, scaring children, challenging property rights, disrupting local livelihoo ...more
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Janet Finsilver and her husband reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet loves animals and has two dogs—Kylie and Ellie. She has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lag ...more

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