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A Call for Kelp

(Seaside Café Mystery #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  536 ratings  ·  115 reviews

It's sink or swim for Everly with her most bizarre case yet!

Everly Swan is busy as a bee running her beachside iced tea shop, and the small island of Charm, North Carolina is abuzz-Mitzi Calgon, an iconic Hollywood actress, is in town! Everly's great-aunts are making a documentary about beekeeping and Mira has agreed to help. But when the actress turns up dead, reporte

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Natalia  R
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tea shop owner Everly Swan is thrilled to have Mitzi Calgon, a famous Hollywood actress, and friend of her late grandmother, in town to help her great aunts with their documentary about beekeeping. When she is found dead, Everly is determined to get justice for her grandmother's friend.

A Call for Kelp is a delightful and well-written cozy mystery, with a picturesque setting, a relatable main character, and a well-plotted murder mystery. This is one of my absolute favorite cozy mystery series and
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You’ll want to make a beeline for the bookstore the day this book goes on sale! Sun, Sand and Tea is a delightful seaside tea shop owned by Everly Swan in scenic Charm, North Carolina. You could find me any day sitting in the warm ocean breezes enjoying an iced cold flavored tea!

As Everly’s great aunts, Clara and Fran Swan continue their quest to educate the masses on how to save the honeybees, a documentary production to be narrated by aging actress, Mitzi Calgon is stalled by a horrific murder
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful book in this series. I was a bit sad that the victim (Mitzi) had to be someone who was going to relate stories about Everly's grandmother when she was trying to make it as an actress. Denise's character was a bit more fleshed out in this book. And now I've come to like Wyatt, he is growing on me a bit. Ryan is another delightful character, the whole banter between him and Everly is so funny, very realistic. The mystery was great and Everly as usual falls into so much trouble. ...more
Rebecca Reviews
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Bree Baker’s A Call for Kelp is a fun and charming cosy with great characters. I like the book but I was a bit disappointed. The mystery storyline was too thin and I wish the plot was less crowded. This is the fourth book in the series but it works as a standalone.

Our protagonist is Everly Swan, owner of a beachside iced tea shop on the picturesque island of Charm. The townspeople are buzzing with excitement because famous Hollywood actress Mitzi Calgon has arrived! She’s working on a beekeeping
The Seaside Cafe' series is such a fun series to read with the great island setting on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and realistic, likable recurring characters. Everly Swan owns a tea shop and cafe' in the large two story house that she bought on the beach where she lives upstairs and has her shop downstairs. Included with the house is a special gull named Lou and a cat that comes and goes as she pleases named Maggie. Everly comes from a family of strong women, having been raised by her now ...more
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be one of my favourite cozy mystery series! Love the beachy vibe and the community spirit in Charm. As usual, Everly is busy not getting involved in murder and mayhem and that goes about as you'd expect -- as in she's up to her neck in suspects and threats. Great cast of secondary characters who always have her back (or not) and the romance kicks up a notch in this one. Woohoo! Plus it's a completely clean read. I'm all kinds of giddy over this one.

Oh -- and I listened to the aud
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everly Swans’s aunts, Clara and Fran, are making a documentary about saving the honey bees. When a well-known actress, Mitzi Calgon, arrives on the island to participate in the documentary, Everly is over the moon with excitement. Mitzi was Everly’s grandmother’s best friend. She has so many questions to ask her about her grandmother. When the time comes to start the presentation, the curtains are pulled back, a gasp arises from the audience, then screams ensue. Mitzi, who is highly allergic to ...more
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What I really like about this series is that the detective is smart and really knows how to do his job not some idiotic pompous know it all that needs the amateur sleuth to solve the crime for him. This makes for a nice break from a lot of other cozy mysteries. I just love, love, love the series, the setting, the characters and how they progress through the series, a touch of romance and of course a good old fashioned murder mystery.
Heidi Prockish
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Ah-Maze-Ing!!! This book was fantastic! Definitely a favorite series for me. I love Everly and cannot wait to see what happens next. I love the friends & relationships she has created. Can I meet her?? I did not guess the killer, and was totally surprised (in a good way) at how the killer was caught. Great author. Great book. If you haven't yet, you need to read this series!! ...more
Esme Addison
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series is an auto-buy for me, and A Call For Kelp doesn't disappoint. It's another solid, well-written fun installment in the series. I love the characters Bree has created and with each story, we learn more about them. Already waiting impatiently for the next book in the series. ...more
Sue Em
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Excellent addition to the Seaside Cafe Mystery series that can be read as a standalone, but you would enhance your enjoyment by reading them in order for the development of the characters and their relationships. Everly Swan is the owner of an iced tea cafe on a small island off the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Her aunts' businesses feature bees, honeys and all manner of organic products related to bees. They've enlisted an old friend and ex-movie star in the making of a documentary detailing ...more
A Call for Kelp by Bree Baker is the 4th A Seaside Café Mystery. It can be read on its own if you are new to the series. Personally, I would read the series in order so she can follow the characters from the beginning. I thought A Call for Kelp was well-written with friendly characters in a cozy seaside town. The story moved along steadily thanks to all the action in the story. Everly lives in Charm, North Carolina where she owns the iced tea café called Sun, Sand and Tea (in a Victorian on the ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Bees, bees, bees, it’s all about the bees as Hollywood icon, Mitzi Calgon, comes to town to lend her voice to a documentary about beekeeping and saving the bees for Clara and Fran Swan. Before the project even gets off the ground there is a buzz in the air and one dead actress. Everly’s focus should be on her ice tea shop but she can’t get her mind off that Mitzi knew her grandmother and that she has to get her justice even when she is given a huge warning to “Bee Careful”.

May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
This is the fourth book in the seaside café mystery series. A celebrity, with ties to Everly's grandmother, comes to town to narrate a documentary about bees. Shortly after she arrives, the celebrity is murdered. Everly tries to stay out of the investigation but it's Everly so we knew that wasn't lasting. She has all of our favorite characters helping her. From her Aunts, to her ex, Wyatt, and reporter friend, Ryan, and best friend Amelia, they all have a hand in helping Solve the case. And let' ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Famous actress, Mitzi Calgon, is in town to help raise awareness for Everly Swan’s aunts’ upcoming documentary on bees. The town is full of excitement and swarming with superfans but when the curtain is pulled back it reveals a murdered celebrity. Desperate to find out what happened to her late grandmother’s best friend, Everly is pulled into the action and won’t stop sleuthing until she discovers the culprit.

A Call for Kelp is a fun cozy mystery that is part of the Seaside Cafe Mystery series.
Laurie Garrison
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bree Baker writes an adorable cozy mystery that will have you turning the pages to find out who done it. This is the first book I have read in the series and will be coming back for more.
Nancy Baker
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everly Swan's beekeeping great-aunts were involved in a documentary to save the American honeybee but on the first day of filming a chilling murder changed the focus to the death of someone famous. Detective Grady Hays, Everly's sort of boyfriend, is on the case but he has been acting strangely. Also, there is something fishy about Everly's new employee who also works for Grady.

I enjoyed every aspect of this story from how the relationships developed, the setting, the mysteries, and her annoying
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The small town of Charm, North Carolina is abuzz with excitement because a movie star is among them. Fans and followers of Mitzi Calgon are all drawn to the coast because of her involvement in an upcoming documentary film about the American honey bee. Tea shop owner Everly Swan is equally star-struck, but for a somewhat different reason: Mitzi knew her grandmother and Everly is excited to hear stories and reminisce about the woman who raised her. Plans are made for an evening of conversation and ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Call for Kelp is the 4th installment of the Seaside Cafe series by Bree Baker (aka Julie Anne Lindsey) and like the first three, it's a great book you won't want to miss!

In this story, a Hollywood actress, Mitzi Calgon, comes to town to narrate a documentary about Honey Bees - of course, with the help of Everly's aunts. The actress used to be good friends with Everly's grandmother, about whom she still has many questions. Before they can enjoy a planned conversation about her grandmother, Mit
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Seaside Cafe series, and it’s definitely my new favorite of the series. I love the beach setting, and the characters are very likable. The main character operates an iced tea shop and cafe in Charm — one of the barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks. Every time I read one of the books in the series, I want to visit the area! I highly recommend this series.

2,5 stars
Jerri Cachero
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When a documentary on saving bees goes horribly wrong, Everly Swan has to find a murderer before she or her aunts become the next victims!

I loved this book! Everly, iced tea shop owner in the seaside town of Charm, North Carolina, is a main character who is smart, kind and complicated. She is charmingly written (no pun intended) and has the same life concerns everyone faces - well, except chasing murderers! The supporting characters are well written and have interesting stories of their own. The
Lisa Morin
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who thought a documentary on bees would turn into a murder investigation?
Everley certainly didn’t think so until a dead body crosses her path.
This is a cute cozy mystery, filled with very likeable characters .
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Bree Baker, Love this series, the stories the characters. I have bought and read every one of her books. Just fun reads.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the fourth book in the Seaside Cafe series by Bree Baker.

The premise: A Hollywood actress, Mitzi Calgon, who is a friend of Everly’s great aunts, is killed. The woman is in town to save the American Honey Bee and it appears on the surface that it was the bee population that killed her.

Everly owns a tea shop where she makes many speciality teas from scratch daily plus a few foodie items. She has started a blog and it has been successful for her. Recently she has been doing video
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Call for Kelp the 4th instalment in the A Seaside Cafe Mystery Series by Bree Baker. For those that know me or see my Facebook feed you will know that I dream of living by the sea. You will also know I’m a huge fan girl of this author and love ALL of her cozy series!

I fall more in love with this series with each new book. This time it’s all about the honey bees as a documentary is being filmed around her aunts and the honeybees. It’s sad that Mitzi died before Everly was able to really talk t
Debra Jo (Room of Required Reading Book Reviews)
Southern Charm on the Carolina Beach, sweet tea, boardwalks, tourist shops, and murder, what's not to love???

In A Seaside Cafe Mystery Series, Everly Swan moves home to small town Charm, North Carolina where she opens her dream tea shop, Sun, Sand, and Tea.

She has been under the microscope since moving back to Charm. The Swan women of the island are said to be cursed in love; falling in love and losing their mate at a young age. Swan women don't leave the island either. Well, Everly did and retu
Nancy H
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good mystery series, this one is set on the small island of Charm, North Carolina, where the main character, Everly Swan, runs a tea shop. She is very excited that Mitzi, a friend of her dear deceased grandmother, is coming to town and is willing to tell her all about her grandmother, including much that Everly didn't know. When Mitzi is murdered before she can meet with Everly to do that, Everly is bitterly disappointed, and feels that she needs to investigate who would want to kill this famo ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This takes place in the spring. The story involves a missing person, an actress, bees, a documentary, murder, letters, food, and tea. I hope the author finally gives answers to the grandmother in the next book. This teasing is annoying me. I'm not a fan of the romance, either. I wanted something different. I liked the main mystery, though. It was interesting, and I was surprised by the ending. The other was okay. I thought it would end differently. ...more
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Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small town high jinks, sweet tea and the sea. She's been telling stories to her family, friends and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and recipe she's sure to ruin. Now, she's working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. He ...more

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