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A Shot of Murder

(A Lucky Whiskey Mystery #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  52 reviews
When it comes to murder, sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.

Ten years after leaving the small town of Gett, Florida, for Hollywood stardom, Charlotte "Charms" Lucky--who has never quite lived up to her surname--returns home to run the Lucky Whiskey distillery while her grandfather recovers from a heart attack.

Making whiskey is harder than Charlotte imagined, espec
Paperback, 303 pages
Published June 8th 2019 by Midnight Ink
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Shot of Murder by J.A. Kazimer is the first book in the new cozy A Lucky Whiskey Mystery series. Just as with other cozy mystery series out there each book of this series will have it’s own mystery to be solved so they can be read on their own too without worrying about cliffhangers.

In A Shot of Murder Charlotte “Charms” Lucky has returned to her home town of Gett, Florida after a decade of trying and failing to succeed in Hollywood. Charms has returned to help with her families Lucky Whiskey
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
200 years ago, Lucky Whisky was founded in Gett, Florida. When Lucky shared his secret recipe with this best friend Gett, he stole it and started a rival distillery. Centuries later, the feud between the families (and the distilleries) hasn’t gone away...

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Charlotte Lucky isn’t exactly Gett, Florida’s favorite citizen. Too many remember the time she defaced the local water tower with a suggestive update to the town’s name (Getting Lucky). And her most memorable role during her recent
Gail C.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to NetGalley and Midnight Ink Publishers for providing me with an advance copy of A Shot of Murder by J. A. Kazimer, the first in a new series featuring Charlotte Lucky, known to most of the people in town as Charms. It is set in a small town in Florida where Charms and her family are known for their Lucky Brand of Whiskey.
The book has a good plot, with Charms discovering the body of her whiskey label’s master brewer in the cask of the current batch of whiskey that is aging. Unfortun
A Shot of Murder is a lighthearted Southern cozy mystery and the debut novel in A Lucky Whiskey Mystery series. The story is told from Charlotte Lucky’s point-of-view. She has returned to Gett, Florida to help her grandfather after his heart attack, but Charlotte continues to hold onto her studio apartment in LA (a girl can hope). When Lucky finds their head distiller of The Lucky Whiskey Distillery shot to death in one of their casks of aging whiskey, her grandfather is arrested. Lucky begins q ...more
The Hatfields & McCoys of Whiskey

The Lucky's and Gett's have been making the best whiskey in Florida for generations.
Charlotte Lucky returns home to small town Gett, Florida from Los Angeles after spending ten not so lucky years trying to be an actress, to help run family owned Lucky Whiskey Distillery with her grandfather Jack.
One morning Charlotte finds a worker fermenting in a casket of whiskey and her grandfather is arrested for the murder. Well that's not good.
Will Charlotte uncover the tr
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I haven’t read a lot of mystery books, but this one has me rethinking that. I sat down with the plan to just read a few chapters and before I knew it hours had passed and I had read the entire book! I loved the characters, especially Charlotte. Her interactions with the townsfolk were always amusing, although I did really feel bad for her the way some were holding a grudge over something from years ago.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Debi by: Net Galley
Thank you for allowing me to review this book although I am still unsure where to begin....well, perhaps with my biggest pet peeve....No one over the age of 6 stomps their feet to try and get their way, that's why they are usually called a petulant child and NOT a woman nearing the age of 30. I mean seriously that was truly silly and just ridiculous. Let's not forget calling him 'Grodie Brodie' as she did in elementary school?! I liked the idea of the story and the characters certainly have the ...more
Sep 07, 2020 rated it liked it
The plot is pretty impressive. Lucky has a good reason for amateur sleuthing - after all, her grandfather is arrested for the murder he did not commit. Coming to the annoying bits of the story - the multiple mentions of Lucky featuring in the STD commercial and as a killer in an NCIS episode, Lucky's drunken adventures that lead to her painting the whole town 'not yellow' - this ruined the story a tad for me.
Also, I did not understand the need for the characters to be overly rude or hostile. An
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"Never be ashamed to be a woman," and I wasn't. Not now. Or ever.

There was a day I sat browsing through Netgalley, and I ended up requesting an absurd amount of cozy mystery galleys. A shot of Murder is the last in that group that I could actually read (one I couldn’t….always make sure there aren’t 20 other books in the series before you check it out.) So thank you to Netgalley and Midnight Ink for a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Also some content warnings: murder, attempted rape

Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Charlotte Lucky’s grandad has a heart attack, she leaves her life as an actress in Los Angeles and heads home to Gett, Florida to help him recover and run the family Whiskey business. Coming home again Char, or Charms as her friends call her, fiends that ten years hasn’t changed the town and its residents much.

After dinner, Char heads out to check on a batch of whiskey and finds their head distiller floating in the cask, shot dead. When Grandad Jack is arrested for the murder, Charms begins
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Charlotte Lucky returns home to Gett, Florida to help her 75 year-old grandfather, Jack, recovering from a heart attack, run the family distillery, Lucky Whiskey. Bad news – Charlotte finds Roger Kerrick, Lucky’s distiller, stuffed into a cask in the rackhouse.

Lucky Whiskey’s chief competitor is Gett Whiskey, run by Rue Gett, grandmother to Brodie, Charlotte’s high school nemesis, and Danny Gett, local sheriff. Danny quickly arrests Jack for Roger’s murder sending Lucky into a tailspin. Trying t
This is the start of a new Lucky Whiskey Mystery-series. Charlotte "Charms" Lucky has come home to Gett Florid after ten years of glamorous life in Hollywood. Her grandfather is having health issues and Charlotte is taking care of him and the Lucky Whiskey distillery, a family business. Charlotte finds a body in one of the whiskey casks and her grandfather is accused of murdering an employee. Gett is a small town of 845 people where the Gett family owns another local whiskey distillery. Gett's a ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really great start to a new series. I loved the characters, especially Charlotte. Her interactions with the townsfolk were a delight and I liked her straight away.

The balance of drama to comedy was perfect. The mystery was very engaging and had me guessing until the end. There were many suspects with plausible motives and the twist at the end definitely added to the story. This was a brilliant opening for the series. Highly recommended. Rating: 4 Stars.

I received a complimentary digi
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the 1st of the Lucky Whiskey Mystery series. Charlotte (called Charms) Lucky (I kept wanting to say Lucky Charms lol) returns to Gett Florida to help her Grandfather in the family whiskey business after he has suffered a heart attack. The prior ten years found Charms in Los Angeles trying to be an actress and now coming home she learns some things have not changed. She also learns the whiskey business is hard the and riff between the Gett and Lucky families still exists. It doesn't help ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Comedy and drama come to a head in this mystery story about murder. I started this one and and ended it way before I thought I was going too. And I have to say that I loved it. From the cover to the story itself I had a blast with this one and I can not wait for the next one. This was a great start to a new series!! All the characters were there and formed I loved Charms and really love how this all turned out.

Go Into This One Knowing: Slightly Repetitive
Barbara Tobey
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A humorous southern mystery. Many delightful lines. The murder kept me guessing. The typos kept me stumbling with hopes that all are caught before final publication. I realized that I was reading an advance reader copy. Amusing relationship between "Charms" and "Grodie Brodie." I guessed early on about the water tower, but the murderer was not apparent to me. Nobody walks anywhere in Los Angeles, so Charlotte walking three miles to get to her dinner engagement was a treat. LA had not changed thi ...more
Kathleen Gray
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Charms has returned to Florida to help in her family's whiskey business (and lick her own wounds) and walked right into a murder mystery when she finds the distiller dead and stuffed in a whiskey barrel. There are multiple themes in this new entry in the cozy genre= too many for me at least. There's a rivalry with Gett Whiskey, a possibly rekindling romance, a grandfather who has been arrested, and so on. I also felt it would have benefited from another edit. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. ...more
I originally thought I wasn't going to like this book. It was about distilling whiskey, which seemed strange, and it had a really slow start for me. But, I changed my mind about 10% into the book. The characters seemed to come alive at that point and I devoured the rest of the book! For me, this turned out to be the beginning of a very promising series!

Thank you to NetGalley and Beyond the Page Publishing for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's a good cozy, engaging and entertaining.
I had some issues with Charlotte because she grates on my nerves but the cast of characters was quite likable.
I liked the humour, the plot and the mystery that kept me guessing till the end.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Seán B
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-books
Firstly thank you to NetGalley for this ARC - took longer than expected to come around to finishing it. My first initial impressions weren't good and I wasn't really enjoying the fist 50% or so of the book.
We are introduced to Charlotte 'Charms' Lucky, a local town girl who moved to LA from a small town called Gett, her aspiring actress dreams are put on hold as she returns to Gett to help her grandfather out with their whiskey distillery Lucky Whiskey. The character of Charms for me became ann
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: advanced-read
I received and ARC copy of this book from NetGalley.
Hollywood actress Charlotte "Charms" Lucky comes comes home to Gett, Florida to care for her grandfather after his heart attack. Caring for him entails taking care of their whiskey distillery and opening a cask leads to the discovery of the body of an employee in the whiskey. When her grandfather is arrested for the murder, Charlotte knows she will have to look for the killer herself. Her high school nemesis, Brodie Gett of Gett Whiskey, says h
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Small town Gett, Florida. Gators. Competing whiskey distilleries. And then a body found in a cask of whiskey.

A fun read and somewhat predictable, but fun, nevertheless. Learned some things about the distillery process and never would I contemplate spending $200 on a bottle of whiskey, small batch or not.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A Shot of Murder is a small town murder mystery. This is the beginning of a new series with very real, southern characters. Charlotte Lucky is the main character and the people in her small home town definitely have opinions about her. The premise is that the distiller of a local family whiskey maker is killed and hidden on Lucky Whiskey's property. In short order the wrong person is arrested and Charlotte must solve the case.

This reminds me very much of the Wine Country Mystery series by Ellen
Randee Green
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
After spending ten years trying to make it in Hollywood, Charlotte Lucky is back in the small town of Gett, Florida to help take care of her grandfather and run the family’s whiskey business. Things are not exactly going well—making whiskey is hard work, and Charlotte also must deal with a rival whiskey-making family and the lingering resentment of the townspeople over an old high school prank. And it only gets worse when Charlotte finds the body of Lucky Whiskey’s main distiller—and her ex-boyf ...more
Janis Hill
This is going to be one of those rare occasions where I'm going to rate and share a review on a book I didn't finish.

Let's start with some positives... The setting, story concept, and main character were interesting enough to keep me reading for as long as I did. So, well done. This could turn out to be a really fun read. Which is why it got two stars, instead of one.

Constructive criticism time: I made it through 19% of the book and really wish I had the stamina to keep reading, as I could see
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Charlotte Lucky returns home to help care for her Grandfather and the family distillery it is as if she never left. Small town gossip it seems never fades. The town of Gett seems determined to hold her one and only prank against her for all eternity.

When the Whiskey company's head distiller/ ex high school boyfriend of Charlotte is found in one of the company's caskets after being shot her Grandfather is accused of the crime. Charlotte knows she will need to solve the crime and prove her G
Susan Johnston
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: Charlotte returns to Everglades Florida when her grandfather has a heart attack. She leaves her so-so Hollywood career so she can help him recover and run the family distilling business. Her surname is Lucky, a moniker she shares with the Boutique whiskey they make. The name does not describe what awaits her.

First she finds the body of the key employee in a barrel of whiskey and her grandfather is arrested for his murder. Then all sorts of dangerous and threatening thin
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
"A Shot of Murder" earns 5/5 Oak Casks...Entertaining!

I looked at the creative book cover and was intrigued to read J. A. Kazimer's new book in her Lucky Whiskey Mystery series. A whiskey distillery in Florida? I'll take a shot of that! J. A.'s book follows the traditional, yet entertaining, cozy formula I enjoy with Charlotte "Charms" Lucky, a young women who's lately not experienced much luck, coming home to run the family's whiskey business while her grandfather recuperates. She discovers run
I learned something today, while reading A Shot of Murder: I like cozy mysteries to be set in happy places where people actually want to live (despite the high murder rate). Not some place where everything is depressing and people seem to have actually given up trying to make a go of it.

Not very surprising Charlotte left the town of Gett at the soonest opportunity. Ten years later she's back to take care of her grandfather after he had a heart-attack. For that and other reasons, it's not a happy
Cozy Cat Reviews
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun new cozy series I enjoyed from cover to cover. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity.

This is the debut book in the new cozy series " Lucky Whiskey Mystery Series". I enjoyed the author's setting of a small town of Gett Florida in a whiskey distillery business. The protagnist is Charlotte who was a aspiring actress in Hollywood returned home to care for her ailing Grandfather and his business. Charlotte had aspirations she is not quite ready to relinquish
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J.A. (Julie) Kazimer lives in Denver, CO. When she isn't looking for a place to hide the bodies, she spends her time with a pup named Killer. Other hobbies include murdering houseplants and avoiding housework.

She spent a few years as a bartender and then wasted another few years stalking people while working as a private investigator before transitioning to the moniker of WRITER and penning over

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