A Curio Killing
Callie finds treble in Keepsake Cove when her ex-boyfriend is framed for murder
Callie Reed is looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival. But her excitement dims considerably when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hank, will be performing with one of the hired country-western bands. Callie vows to keep her distance, but that changes when the band's manag...more
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Author: Mary Ellen Hughes
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Business
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Page Count: 266
Publishing Date: September 8, 2019
The latest in the A Keepsake Cove Mystery cozy series by Mary Ellen Hughes, A Curio Killing from Midnight Ink comes out on September 8th.
Callie has had a lot of changes in the past year, her home, career, relationships, and everything else. Mostly for the better. But when Hank, her ex shows up out of the blue, her new life takes a ...more
I really wanted to like this book more. I've enjoyed the prior two but I couldn't get ...more
A Curio Killing by Mary Ellen Hughes is a sweet cozy set in Keepsake Cove. This town must be the collector's paradise with entire stores dedicated to individual collectibles. Callie and Lyssa have solved a murder or two before this one.
Callie is our main character, sleuth, and point-of-view. She i ...more
In this 3rd Keepsake Cove Mystery House of Melody owner Callie Reed is excited about the upcoming Spring Festival. She is totally caught off guard when her ex-boyfriend Hank walks into her shop and informs her his band will be headlining the entertainment for the festival. She is even more shocked when he purchases a pricey music box. She plans to enjoy the festival with new boyfriend Brian, keeping any contact with Hank to a minimum.
Then the band’s manager is murdered and the ...more
A Curio Killing is book 3 of the Keepsake Cove mystery series. I really enjoy this series. I especially love the se ...more
The Third Keepsake Cove Mystery
Spring is blossoming and Keepsake Cove is celebrating with its Spring Festival. After inheriting her aunt's music box shop, Callie Reed is looking forward to her first festival and while she won't have a booth at the event is anticipating big crowds checking out House of Melody. She's thrown for a loop when she hears a too familiar baritone voice in her shop. It turns out her ex-boyfriend Hank's new band is headlining the festiva ...more
Cassie Reed is going about her life making ends meet and running her shop, House of Melody, selling unusual music boxes, alongside all of the other collectables businesses in her little town, including Shake It Up! - a shop selling salt & pepper shakers. Keepsake Cove, Maryland is a wonderful, quaint little place and the townsfolk regularly hold events for business promo ...more
Callie is a smart woman and is enjoying her new life running her grandmother's music box store. She has settled into the town nicely, met a new guy that runs the cafe, and she has solved a murder or two. The festival in town brings back her ex, Hank, who seems pretty clueless. Why he think ...more
I love the setting of Keepsake Cove as the author brings the town to life for the reader.
Our protagonist Callie Reed owns the charming Keepsake Cove music ...more
This is the third book in the Keepsake Cove Mystery series by Mary Ellen Hughes.
This was my first book in this series and I wasn’t disappointed.
Callie Reed is visiting a local town festival where her ex-boyfriend, Hank is performing on stage. He obviously still had the hots for her due to his new song’s title, Missing You. Then after an argument with his band manager the man winds up dead and Hank is suspect number one. I am not entirely sure why Callie felt the need to search around fo ...more
As Callie begins digging she finds there are quite a few people with connections to the dead man, both locals and visiting ...more
Unexpectedly, this most recent festival also brings Callie's EX to town and tragedy too. Hank, the EX ends up in jail suspected of murder. Being the only person he knows locally, Callie feels soft-hearted and some obliga ...more
Hank is soon singing a sad tune in a detention center with Callie his only lifeline. Though thoroughly aware of his m ...more
One of the reasons I love cozy mysteries is that the books are clean without the swearing and sex that have overtaken too many of the books on the market. With this series, the author has created a nice community of friendly business associates, friends and a few not-so-nice chara ...more
I swear each book in this series is better then the last! Callie is all set for the Spring Festival and excited to just be there to enjoy instead of working this time. At least until her ex shows up out of the blue saying his band is headlining. Things get awkward fast it when his manager ends up murdered it really gets bad. She feels compelled to help him even if everyone else does not agree or how weir ...more
Callie gets involved in this one because the chief suspect is her ex-boyfriend Hank. Callie has been trying to extricate herself from the relationship but Hank doesn't seem to be getting the message.
The setting is interesting, and there are some good supporting characters. But Callie seems to be pretty spineless in dealing with her ...more
Well-conceived red herrings complicate Callie’s search for the real killer while she also contends with Brian’s feelings about her helping Hank and her mother’s reque ...more
This is a very entertaining murder mystery. The backdrop is a small coastal town that has quite a few shops that sell collectibles. The town is having a spring festival that ends up in a murder. The rest of the story is the search for the killer. There are many plot twists. I was quite surprised by the final reveal. I really enjoyed the discussion of the different collectibles; music boxes, dolls, miniature houses and so much more. Although I have read other books in the series, t ...more
Callie owns a specialty shop that sells music boxes and has finally got her life going in the right direction when she is looking forward to the festival being put on in the town. Her ex turns up to perform in the festival when his manger is found dead and he is accused of the murder. Will she be able to clear his name and find the real killer ?
Great characters and story telling a fun cozy mystery ...more