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A Mysterious Mix Up

(Allie Cobb Mystery #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Murder hits the stacks when literary agent Allie Cobb investigates a fatality in the local library . . .

Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference armed with hugs for her cat and her boyfriend, and dreams of a long, hot bath. She’s also getting ready to take the plunge by hiring an intern for her expanding literary agency. But it’s one for the books when Allie finds
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Published January 7th 2020 by Lyrical Press
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A MYSTERIOUS MIX UP by J.C. Kenney is the third book in Allie Cobb cozy mystery series. The novel takes place in Indiana. It worked as a stand-alone novel for me, but I believe reading the previous books would likely add to a reader’s enjoyment of the novel. I rated this one 3.5 stars and rounded up to 4 stars.

In this story, Allie Cobb returns home from a book conference and is looking forward to time with her cat Ursula (Ursi), her boyfriend Brent and his dog Sammy. Brent managers the
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A Mysterious Mix Up by J.C. Kenney is the third book of the cozy Allie Cobb Mystery series. As with most cozy series each book in this series contains it’s own mystery that is solved by the end so each can be read and understood as a standalone. However, some character development happens that carries over book to book for those that follow from the beginning.

Readers met Allie Cobb in the first book who was definitely her father’s daughter as she followed his footsteps into a career as a
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: completed-2020
A Mysterious Mix-Up earns 5/5 Overdue Notices...Engaging Fun!

This is the third book, and my first, in J.C. Kenney’s Allie Cobb Mystery series, so I’m always concerned I’ll start at a need to worry here! Kenney’s writing style developed well the background and character connections to keep me quickly engaged. Allie Cobb, a literary agent, is a unique occupation to highlight, and putting her in the middle of a murder investigation was very entertaining. Allie had started her
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-book
J C Kenney has done it again, another engaging story starring Ursula the Calico Cat (oh and her servant Allie Cobb!)

Allie has been away at a book conference back in New York, and she is glad to be able to get back to her apartment in Rushing Creek and to see Ursi and her house/pet sitter aka her boyfriend Brent and his dog Sammy, when she has unwound from the conference and the travel Brent lets her know that Mrs Napier, the head librarian, is planning on retiring to Florida and she is
J.C. Kenney
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey, if I can't be proud of my own work, what can I be proud of?
The Cozy Review
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
New from Lyrical Press is the 3rd installment in the literary series, “An Allie Cobb Mystery,” and possibly the best one yet, A Mysterious Mix Up.

Allie is always getting herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Sometimes she is also the main suspect. In this literary series, amateur sleuth and literary agent Allie Cobb is once again skirting danger and worrying her friends and family. For the most part, Allie is a very likable character, as are
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Allie finds her personal mentor and long time librarian nearly dead with a man hovering over her. Turns out she was poisoned by some tea she drank that is traced back to this same man's garden. Allie is almost sure he wouldn't have killed the woman and she makes it her personal mission to find the killer.

I really liked the dynamic of the police chief being her sister's ex and someone she grew up with. It make the sleuthing seem a bit easier since he was so understanding, most of the
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
When literary agent Allie Cobb's hero, the longtime town librarian, is murdered, Allie decides to investigate.

I enjoyed the lit agent angle. The background was interesting, and the flexibility worked well for avoiding the question of why the amateur sleuth has time to investigate. I also appreciated that Allie could generally see when she did something unsafe, and although she made mistakes she attempted to be careful- women can be brave and smart.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Mysterious Mix Up is the third book in the An Allie Cobb Mystery series.

Allie has just returned from a conference in New York City and the first thing that he shares with her is that the Rushing Creek Librarian, Vicky Napier, is retiring and moving to Florida. Napier had been the librarian since Allie started to read and was someone she looked to and who was largely responsible for Allie’s love of books.

The next morning Allie and Brent head over to the library with some cookies she had baked
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Mysterious Mix Up by J.C. Kenney is the 3rd book in the Allie Cobb Mystery series, and another great addition. Allie Cobb is now running the family's literary agency that her father started. Allie returns from a book confrence, excited to be home. Until Allie finds her role model, the town libraian, close to death on the library floor. Why would anyone want to poison Vicky Napier, when she is ready to retire? Allie is determined to find out. I really enjoyed this book, and read it in one day ...more
Marie McNary
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great series! The author’s love of the literary world comes through in the pages of the book. A fun series with wonderful characters that is sure to keep you entertained from beginning to end. I have enjoyed the character development throughout this series and I look forward to seeing where Allie’s adventures take her next.
Kelly Cain
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely 3rd installment to the Allie Cobb Mystery series. Well thought out plot (you had me at Smalls ). If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check out this series. I can't wait to see what Allie, her cat Ursi, and the rest of the folks in Rushing Creek get up to next. ...more
Some of my favorite mystery series are book themed. Many have librarians as the main character but it's been awhile since I read one with a librarian as the victim. Allie has taken over her father's literary agency and has just returned home from a book conference. Her boyfriend tells her that her mentor, the long time serving librarian, is going to retire. Once Allie has reconnected with her boyfriend, unpacked and spent some time with her cat, she decides to head over to the library to talk ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd installment in the Allie Cobb mystery series and does stand well alone although I have read the previous two books. Allie is just returning from a conference in New York and is excited to return home to Indiana and home to her cat Ursi and her boyfriend Brent and his dog Sammy. When Allie returns he mentions that Allie’s beloved librarian Vicky Napier is planning to retire and recommend Brent as her replacement. She is devastated as Vicky was a role model of hers growing up ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
"A Mysterious Mix Up" is the 3rd book in the Allie Cobb Mystery series by J. C. Kenney. Allie has just returned from a business trip to NYC and is looking forward to a bit of downtime with her fur baby Ursi and her boyfriend Brent. That respite is short lived when the head librarian Vicky Napier is murdered. Allie thought of her as a hero and knows she has to figure out who would hurt such a wonderful woman.

Allie's suspect list isn't that long and evidence seems to be pointing to one person in
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Returning home from a trip, literary agent Allie Cobb finds out that Mrs. Napier, the librarian at Rushing Creek Library is retiring and plans to move to Florida. Eager to speak with Mrs. Napier the next morning, Allie arrives at the library early and finds Porter, a local handyman, standing over the librarian’s dead body.

With the whole town shocked at the murder of the beloved librarian rumors begin regarding motives and suspects. Allie becomes determined to find her heroine’s killer even
While this is the third book in the series, I found it read well as a stand alone. You will find all the bases covered.
Small, connected community. People with eccentric traits and twisted relationships. This time it was not a much hated person who was the victim. In fact, the woman we lose quickly at the beginning of the story is very well liked and looked up to. We are told she has plans to retire and move south, sadly enough, for she will be missed. Shockingly, she never gets to enjoy
Bobbie Kirkland
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of A MYSTERIOUS MIX UP (Book 3 of the Allie Cobb Mysteries) by J.C. Kenney in exchange for an honest review. Life is going well for Allie Cobb; she has a devoted boyfriend, a loving cat, and a flourishing publishing business. Allie is disappointed and saddened finds out that her long-time role model and personal hero Vicky Napier has abruptly decided to retire from her position as head librarian and is rushing to sell her house and move to Florida. However, Allie quickly ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the third Allie Cobb Mystery and a series I love to return to. Thank you to the author, publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. Allie Cobb, literary agent is one of my favorite protagonist and these are such fun books to read.

Allie has just returned from a book conference when she finds her mentor , the local librarian poisoned .
Allie is determined to find out who did this to her friend and prevent anyone else from being harmed. As she begins to explore clues through the local
Grace Koshida
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Allie Cobb is shocked to learn that Rushing Creek's librarian and her mentor Vicky Napier is abruptly retiring and moving to Florida to be with her sister. Allie and her boyfriend Brent go to give Vicky their best wishes and end up finding the librarian dead on the library floor. Vicky was much beloved by the town but there were some toxic people in her life, including obsessive handyman Porter Rasmussen and wood carver Ozzy who felt that Vicky had ripped him off on a contract. Brent, who’s in ...more
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars
I feel conflicted by this book, The Mysterious Mixup by J.C. Kenney. I have loved the past few books in this series, this one not so much. This book felt contrived and forced through most of it. The last two chapters were the best part of the whole book. Allie Cobb, the main character of the series just came across as cocky. I don't know if I didn't notice it in the other books in this series but I barely could get past it.
I was sure boyfriend Brent did it. She protested way too much
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and I loved this instalment that I read as fast as I could.
It was great to meet again the likeable and fleshed out cast of characters and I was happy for the developments in their life. Ursi is becoming one of my favourite cozy mystery pets.
The setting is lovely and I always think I'd like to spend my holidays there.
The mystery was solid, full of twists and turns, and the solution came as a surprise.
I think this is an excellent series and can't wait to read the next
Kathleen Gray
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who poisoned Vicky? Allie is certain it wasn't her boyfriend Brent and she's pretty sure it wasn't Porter either. Allie has always seen Vicky as a mentor. Her impending retirement from the Rushing Creek library meant that Brent might take over. Porter, she now knows, always yearned after Vicky. So who? People liked her- or so Allie thought. Cozy readers know there's always more to the story and Allie works her way through a suspect list. She's also got her own business to run and you might have ...more
Ryan Hoffman
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Mysterious Mix Up is the third in the Allie Cobb Mystery Series. Allie is back in Rushing Creek, Indiana and hoping to spend time with Brent Robertson, her beau, his dog Sammy, and her cat Ursi. The occasion is count short when she finds Vicky Napier, the head librarian and her idol dead. Its a good book and mystery, as the other two were.
Anna Fox
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy this series and like Allie quite a bit. The mysteries are always entertaining. I like the small town feel of so many people knowing you and you knowing them. But the dark secrets are still there even in a small town.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book, and there were parts of it I did like, but for me, Allie just came off as arrogant, pushy and unlikeable in this story. She snapped at her boyfriend and just acted like a spoiled child...I couldn't relate to her. That being said, the story was interesting, the mystery was very good and I was surprised by the killer. The ending was great.
Barbara Tobey
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Back home again in Indiana and what a delightful place to be. Allie has her hands full with the latest murder in her small town. Nice pacing and several heart-warming moments. A few nail biters, too. A charming series that never fails to please. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Veronica A Pitts
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kept me guessing

An Intriguing Story of "who done it" Alli has been trying not to get involved with a new mystery of
Who killed her hero growing up at the library Vicky the library director.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book mostly. There are parts of it that are clunky but over all its well paced. I wasn't surprised by the killer as the parchment clue gave it away but enjoyed the ending. #AMysteriousMixUp #NetGalley
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Allie Cobb Mystery series is a new one for me. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed getting to know Allie and her friends in A Mysterious Mix Up. If you’re a reader like I am, I’m sure you spent much of your childhood (and adulthood!) in the library.

How would you feel if you found your favorite librarian almost dead in her office? And you got there too late to save her? You’ve already solved two murders, why not solve this one too? Yep, that’s what Allie thinks too. Allie follows
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I write cozy mystery stories set in small towns in my home state of Indiana. A Literal Mess, book one in the Allie Cobb Mysteries series, is my first cozy mystery.

I live in Indianapolis with my wife, two sons, and a kitty cat. I dream of one day retiring to a place where the water is warm and the beaches are soft. I'm a big fan of motor sports, so when I'm not writing, you'll likely find me

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