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Dying to Remember

(Smithwell Fairies Cozy Mystery #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  294 ratings  ·  53 reviews

The 1st book in the Smithwell Fairies Cozy Mystery Series!

Weary of her ordinary life in ordinary Smithwell, Maine, Kate Brewer jumps at the chance to help an elderly neighbor, Ray Landry, investigate an unsolved murder. But Ray’s memories of the killing are at odds with the official report, and most people in town would rather forget about the tragic event. When Ray’s inv

Kindle Edition, 136 pages
Published August 29th 2018
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I adored this book! I chose it because I thought it would be fun to read a cozy mystery with a fairy involved. I love fairies. Happily I was right. This charming book was highly entertaining for me. I like Kate and Emily. They work well as friends, neighbors and sleuths. My favorite character, though, was Minette, the fairy. They mystery was well done. It actually involved an earlier unsolved case with a new case. I was kept guessing! I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
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Jerri Cachero
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A unique mystery solving duo!

I wasn't sure how the story would unfold at first, but I loved it! The mystery kept me guessing until the very end. Looking forward to more adventures!
Marie McNary
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was in the mood for a fall cozy with a touch of whimsy and this book was recommended to me. It was on an Amazon sale for $0.99 so the price was right. It was exactly what I was looking for. A light hearted cozy that had a touch of magic without being so magical that I couldn't enjoy the story. I binge read the first book yesterday and already bought the second to read today! ...more
Heather Gilbert
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
I was honored to be able to endorse this charming, whimsical first-in-series mystery. I wasn't sure how the fairy aspect would weave into a modern cozy mystery, but Kaufman did it seamlessly and delightfully. I picked this book up and couldn't put it down until I'd finished it that same night. Cozy mystery readers will love the small town setting and the determined, tea-drinking sleuth, Kate Brewer. Not to mention the fairy who shows up to help out! Looking forward to more in this series! ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, cozy-mystery
Definitely a cozy mystery series with a twist. I've read cozies with helpers that are dogs, cats, etc; but this one stars Kate Brewer and her next-door neighbor, Emily MacKenzie, along with a Smithwell Woods fairy named Minette. This addition brought a different dimension to the mystery since she only showed herself to Kate. Minette was constantly hiding herself from the others but making sure she could stay close so that she could listen for clues. Enough twists and turns that I kept reading ti ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Karin Kaufman's books, any of them. With another cozy mystery series addition, she is shooting right to the top of my mystery author list, too. Who doesn't love a cute fairy? And who wouldn't want to carry one around in their jacket pocket? As usual, I never did guess the culprit till the reveal. Well done! ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kate is a widow of 10 months. She is still grieving for her late husband. She lives in a small town in Maine and is dealing with the feeling that her life is going no where because she is doing nothing interesting.

Her neighbor Ray, drops by to visit. He gives her his memoirs and a message that things are not always as they seem and people are not all to be trusted.

When Ray is murdered, Kate and her good friend Emily decide they will find out who murdered him and why.

Along the way, Kate finds tha
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it

I was looking for Halloween centered, or at least Fall centered books for October and when I saw this one with the pumpkin on the cover, I thought "why not?" To be honest, except for the mentioned of the pumpkin festival once or twice, this book could be set anytime in the year. Oh well, it's okay. I got plenty of other books that will do the job.

I thought the story was easy enough to follow and I have grown to like Kate and Emily a lot. The mystery kept me guessing until the end but I was
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great new series

I'm looking forward to reading more in this new series. It's a new and unique series that drew me in quickly.
Judy C Carpenter
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Real story

I have read so many stories that include the paranormal and I sometimes feel angry that the women are ditsy. This one has a smart woman. And I love the story.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It didn’t sound like a book I would be interested in, but I am so glad I gave it a try! I very much enjoyed it and look forward to the next one!
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Loved the first in this new series! Can't wait for book 2 ...more
Janet Sketchley
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Smithwell, Maine. An ordinary town in an ordinary New England state. On her 50th birthday, newly-widowed Kate Brewer is feeling her ordinariness and wishing there was something – just a little bit – more to life.

But when she encounters a fairy, she’s terrified. Fairies don’t exist outside of folklore. Is she losing her mind?

When a neighbour is killed, Kate and her best friend, Emily, are sure it’s linked to a previous murder in the town. Not trusting the police, they start investigating on their
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seeing fairies at the bottom of the garden or should it be teacup?

Loved it. Okay it might be too fanciful for some but if you like a good cozy with a supernatural bent then you'll love this. The plot is a well woven and told well whilst the characters are full and relatable to.
Her 50th birthday has hit her like a ton of bricks. Not only because it's the first one since her husband's death but it is pouring. The only bright spark is her senior neighbour who wants her to read his memoirs. Althoug
Gina Growe
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New to this writer and she knocked it out of the park. Just the right amount of character introductions so it was easy enough to keep up with who is who. Intrigue, heartfelt emotions, suspense, whimsy and a great slight of hand in this whodunit. I'm totally hooked and awaiting the next installment...hope it comes soon! ...more
Christine Wannberg
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fairies and a murder mystery

I love love love murder mysteries. I also have a taste for fantasy, fairies especially. I loved this book, ready for the next one
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have to be upfront. I thought fairies would be a pleasant change from the usual witches and shifters, that's why I decided to start this series. But once I started, I really loved the characters. I loved Ray, and would love it if he showed up as a guardian ghost, but can deal with him having a good afterlife. I like Emily and am intrigued at what her mysterious husband is going to turn out to be, and as for Kate, she's a middle aged, gardening, tea loving widow living in central Maine, I feel ...more
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It's difficult to review a new offering in a new series. I did like it although I had some issues with this first book. So, like you do with new people you meet I'll keep an open mind to see if we become "friends" or not in the future. First impressions: Well written and engaging for the most part. The story made sense and I liked the ending wrap up. Again, with a new series where you're just learning about the characters and their characteristics there were a lot of holes to fill. I did not lik ...more
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not everything (anything) is as it seems at first glance in this fun book.

Kate Brewer has just lost her husband and she's lonely. There to help Kate in her grief is neighbor Ray Landry, who had lost his wife a while ago. While she is out gardening, Ray drops by and admits to Kate that he's disturbed by a conversation he'd had with a former police officer regarding a body Ray had found years ago in the woods near his house—a woods with fairies. No one has ever believed Ray's fairy talk, but when
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And the first was actually the second

I had read 'Read & Buried' the second of this series before this one. D&B was offered in MY and I'm a sucker for fairies and snarky cats. So I knew I had to find out how Minette the fairy came to be with Ray Landry before he was killed. Now I'm on To the third one. Hope Emily, Kate an Minette enjoy their winter.
Looks like I've adopted another cracking series. & it will be a privilege to watch this small town story grow & grow.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not bad, just not for me.

This was a novella sized cosy mystery with a slight paranormal twist, but even that couldn’t help save it. I just didn’t care about the characters, nor did I find it particularly engaging. I wasn’t connecting with the story once it got past the first interaction with the police officer and it wasn’t because it was badly written, it just wasn’t what I was looking for.

2 stars ⭐️
Bonnie Drummond
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastic read that warms the heart and brings a bit of sadness too. But what really brings the book together is the Fairy; and who she helps Kate find the truth about what happened to their friend Ray and a murder 6 years ago. This series needs 1,000 gold stars because it brings fantasy and murder together that will want you to think about Fairies are real or not. In a way I hope they are. What can I say I'm like Ray in a way. ...more
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy
I liked this book. It was a very sweet cozy that had me smiling to myself often as I read. The thing that made me give it 3 stars and the reason I may not continue with the series is I didn't love the main character (I'm finding this is pretty important to me the more I read... I think I'm pretty picky about my MC's). That being said if you want a short and sweet cozy set in the fall with the charming touch of having fairies involved you might really enjoy this :) ...more
Jade Wilson
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book

Oh this book is something else, the plot twists honestly had me on my knees. The way it’s written had be captivated. The way the words flow so beautifully and the language in it is wonderful. I sincerely enjoyed the book soooo much. I recommend this book to ANYONE and EVERYONE. Well worth the time I spent reading it. I didn’t get bored once.
Ellen White
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kate jumps at the chance to help her neighbor solve a murder. He also mentions the fairies,that live in the woods. Shown only to Kate is Minette
a fairy,stays hidden, but close to get clues. Whimsical, and a delight to read, the characters, especially the fairy add a nice touch to the story. As to who did it, took to the end to figure out for sure, Will look for more in this series.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and deadly

The tiny fairy Minnette and her human sidekick Kate are( I know, should be the other way but Minette is so cute!) a good way to spend ones reading time. The stories are well laid out and the characters believable. Emily makes number 3 for a terrific crime solving trio and I know when I read the last book ,I'll want more!
Y.I. Lee
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet, easy to read cosy mystery. Kate Brewer is bored and when her elderly friend is murdered she is keen to find out the truth of what's going on in her peaceful town.
I always enjoy books by this author, and this is no exception.
It is well written and kept me interested. Her descriptions of rural life are always fascinating.
T. Rose
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first fairy cozy mystery and I LOVED it!!!

This was a great seasonal cozy mystery. I was hesitant to read a book about fairies, how good could it be? It very much held my interest and I did not want to put it down. Now, I can't wait to read the next Smithwell Fairies Cozy Mystery Book.
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Different but enjoyable.

I love paranormal mysteries. This was more of a strait up mystery with a paranormal whisper. It was surprisingly enjoyable for a cozy mystery. I already miss the poor dead bloke. Hard for a character that had such a quick spot to become such a main character after his death. Kudos to the author on that!
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fairy Saves the Life of a Friend.

5 gold stars plus 1,000 more because this series is a great read.
This series is great because the Author mixes Fairy Fantasy with Murder of 6 years ago and a new murder because of the one from 6 years ago when Kate's friend Ray is murdered. This series will be good for young adults and adults who like fantasies series.
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Karin Kaufman grew up devouring murder mysteries, especially of the cozy kind. Give her a mystery, a comfy couch, her sweet dog at her side, and (preferably) a rainy day, and she’s in heaven. She’s the author of the Juniper Grove Cozy Mystery Series, the Smithwell Fairies Cozy Mystery Series, and the Anna Denning Mystery Series. The Witch Tree, the first book in her Anna Denning series, was a fina ...more

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