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Bodies and Bows: The Apron Shop Series

(Apron Shop #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Bodies & Bows is the third in the charming cozy Iris Buckley mystery series set in an apron shop in Maine--Elizabeth Penney will have you on pins and needles...

Iris Buckley is hoping for a bit of rest and relaxation now that the summertime rush is winding down in Blueberry Cove, Maine. Her apron shop Ruffles & Bows has been a huge success, her friendships are stronger than
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Published March 30th 2021
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Natalia  R
Mar 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bodies and Bows is the third book in Elizabeth Penney's Apron Shop series. Iris Buckley and her grandmother are the owners of an apron and linen shop, Ruffles and Bows, in the quaint little town of Blueberry Cove, Maine. In this installment, Iris finds herself investigating another murder when her friend Bella becomes the main suspect in the death of her boyfriend, Lance Pederson. The town is also preparing to turn the old lighthouse into a museum, and while volunteering, Iris discovers a love l ...more
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Since the touristy town of Blueberry Cove on the coast of Maine opened its arms and welcomed Iris Buckley and her Gram, Anne, and their beautiful new business, Ruffles & Bows; their lives have been fruitful. Recently, the town also welcomed back Lance Pederson, their celebrity golden boy—an expert sailor and Olympian. The townspeople are hard at work preparing for the lighthouse museum to open on Labor Day weekend, and it’s going to be a gorgeous sight to see! However, a disturbing death hangs o ...more
Jerri Cachero
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruffles and Bows is the place to go for handmade home/kitchen items, made with love by Iris Buckley and her Grammie. It's also the place to go to find amateur sleuths who solve mysteries in beautiful Blueberry Cove, Maine. When Bella, one of the their friends, is accused of murdering her boyfriend, Iris, Sophie, Madison and Grammie are on the case!

The latest in the series is just as much fun as the first two books. The mystery is fast-paced and I didn't want to put the book down! There was so mu
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was delightful! It's a fun, easy cozy with lots of interesting characters and a story that I truly enjoyed! The characters were interesting and interacted well with each other and the plot kept me interested the whole time I was reading. While it is third in the series, it was the first one I've read and I was able to fall right into the story!

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book!
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my main complaints about cozy mysteries is often there are too many characters and they get thrown at you all at once. It’s often impossible to keep track of everyone. But Bodies & Bows introduces its characters in a very natural way and, while there are A LOT of characters (more than average), both old and new, it never feels too crowded and I never had a problem keeping track of everyone.

The core cast, while a bit larger than normal, is still one of my favourites. The friendships are a
Bodies and Bows by Elizabeth Penney is the 3rd book in The Apron Shop Series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to the series, but I do not know why you would want to miss the first two books in this cute cozy mystery series. Iris Buckley and her grandmother, Anne owns Ruffles and Bows in the quaint town of Blueberry Cove, Maine. Ruffles and Bows sells vintage linens and aprons as well as new aprons made by Iris and Anne. I just love the descriptions of the vintage linens and the gorg ...more
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This delightful cozy series made it to my "must read" list as soon as I finished Hems and Homicide. It hasn't disappointed me yet and I doubt it ever will. Iris and her grandmother are people I would like to have for friends and living in Blueberry Cove, Maine seems like a good idea - even with the occasional homicide to solve. Iris juggles a lot on a daily basis, running Ruffles & Bows with her grandmother. Between their bricks and mortar store and a website shop, that would be enough for most ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
"Bodies and Bows” is the 3rd instalment in The Apron Shop Mystery series by Elizabeth Penney set in Blueberry Cove, Maine. I own the previous books but I read this instalment first so it can totally be read as a standalone but I wish I had read in order. What a great series!
I really enjoyed this story, and it has made me want to read book 1 and 2 right away. I really like the bond these five woman have and their friendship. They just felt real and the way they talk to each other felt organic. Ma
Laura Salas
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, though books 2 and 3 haven't been quite as strong for me. I enjoy Iris and her friends and the apron shop setting, and the plotting of the mystery itself is satisfying. But there are a few things that keep taking me out of the story. One of them, and it has nothing to do with needing to do with advancing the plot, is Iris' huge need to get more help at the Apron Shop. So she's interviewing people, and this idea of being short-staffed is mentioned r ...more
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Iris and her Grammie run a little apron store in Maine. As summer winds down, Iris, Grammie, and Iris's friends work on a committee to restore an old Lighthouse. One night, after working at the lighthouse, Iris and her friends decide to go out for a drink. While at the bar, Bella sees a Lance, who she has dated a few times. But Lance is not alone. Bella blows up and throws a drink in his face. The next day, Lance is found dead. He has been hit by a loaner Jeep that Bella is currently driving. Gu ...more
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things are getting hectic at Ruffles & Bows, Iris Buckley's apron and linens shop, co-owned with her Grandmother. The summer is coming and tourists are pouring into Blueberry Cove, Maine, plus the group is heading up a Lighthouse Museum project that is sure to bring history to life or at least maybe give a long lost romance a second chance. It is a great place to sail or learn how to sail or even date a former Olympiad sailor, like Iris's friend Bella who was getting over the sting of divorce. T ...more
Kathleen Gray
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iris knows her friend Bella was annoyed at Lance (she threw a drink in his face) but she also knows that she didn't run him over and kill him. This latest installment of a charming cozy series set in Maine (it's just as fun as a standalone as it is as a followup) sees Iris dealing with two mysteries. Not only is she trying to figure out the true murderer, she's also trying to track down the two people whose love letter she found while working on a lighthouse rehab project. Iris and her Grammie h ...more
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a wonderful cozy mystery series and it’s becoming one of my favorites!

Iris owns an apron shop with her grandmother. Bella is a friend who spots her boyfriend with another woman one night and confronts him. When Lance is later killed by a hit and run, Bella becomes the prime suspect. Iris and friends immediately start to work to clear her name by finding the real killer.

One of the best parts of this series, including this book, is that Iris is actually a smart amateur sleuth, she do
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When the local celebrity olympian that Bella is dating is killed in a hit and run and she becomes the prime suspect, Iris and the girls will stop at nothing to prove her innocence. With Bella’s ex husband in town trying to win her back and a slew of other suspects, they can find means, motive or opportunity, but not all three.

Iris and the girls need hard evidence to get the state police to look at other suspects. They need to get cracking if they’re going to save their beloved friend and finger
Lizz Axnick
Another delightful winner from Elizabeth Penney.

Iris Buckley's business, Ruffles and Bows, is taking off, so much so they need to hire a part-time worker. Iris gets side tracked when a former Olympian and current squeeze of her friend Bella is murdered and Bella is the prime suspect. Iris needs to unravel the clues before her friend goes to prison for a crime she did not commit.

I love visiting Blueberry Cove and hanging out with this group. The way Penney writes you feel like one of the gang so
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: preordered, netgalley
The series just keeps getting better! And it was very good to begin with! Iris and her friends were defending one of their own again when Bella was the prime suspect for the murder of a guy she'd been dating. The problem was, a number of the women in town had dated this player, so any one of them could have run him down. There were also plenty of guys who didn't like him!

After a couple of murder attempts on another friend happened, Iris knew they were getting close. I loved how she got the uppe
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, mystery
This is the third book in the Apron Shop series and like the first two it is a winner! Iris, her Grammie and friends enjoy being together and rally around one another when a crisis occurs. In Bodies and Bows Iris refuses to let her best friend Bella be accused of murdering a man she has been dating. With the help of the Lighthouse Museum Committee members, Iris doggedly searches for clues while helping another friend plan her wedding and having a life herself with her significant other, Ian. Blu ...more
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgally
Bodies and Bows: The Apron Shop Series by Elizabeth Penney
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Release Date: March 30, 2021

Bodies and Bows is the third book in The Apron Shop Series by Elizabeth Penney. I have not read the previous books, but was easily able to read this as a standalone mystery.

I found this book to be so sweet. It is a charming cozy mystery with likeable characters and in interesting story line. This was a quick read, mostly because I couldn't put it down!

I lo
A delightful cozy mystery set in enchanting coastal Maine. The mystery had twists and surprises which raised it above many cozies where the culprit is obvious before the book is even half over. Penney created well-developed characters and friendships and intergenerational-relationships shone. The setting of an apron shop was unusual but presented many interesting tidbits. There was also a sweet side story of a lightkeeper’s daughter’s long-lost love.

I look forward to reading others in the serie
Vicki Nichols
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iris Buckley and her grandmother own Ruffles and Bows where they sell vintage aprons. Bella Ricci is a friend and she's dating the town Olympian Lance Pedersen. However Bella catches Lance with another woman and they have a public fight. The next morning Lance is found dead hit by Bella's loaner car. She's arrested but manages to make bail. It's evident Bella is innocent but who wanted Lance dead?? The list f suspects is long yet Iris is determined to clear her friend's name. However will it lea ...more
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bodies and Bows by Elizabeth Penney is book three in the Apron Shop series. It can be read as a stand alone.
Iris and her grandmother own an apron shop in the quaint town of Blueberry Cove, Maine and they are also helping on a committee to restore the local lighthouse.
When Bella, a close friend of Iris, is accused of murder, Iris knows she couldn't have done it even though all signs point to Bella. Iris adds finding the killer to her list of things to do and hope she isn't next on the killer's l
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Iris Buckley and her Grammie have their hands full running their apron shop, helping with the restoration of their local lighthouse, solving the murder of a local celebrity, and saving their friend who has been accused of the murder. Will they be successful...on all fronts?

Fun and fast-paced whodunit. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery, the clues, and the red herrings. I also thought the lighthouse restoration was very interesting. The book kept me entertained from the first page until the la
Nancy Baker
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story with strong friendships, interesting lighthouse history and the murder of a well-known bad boy. Everything went right for Lance Pedersen that is until he was murdered. Now Iris's good friend is suspected of the crime and her group of friends are there to do whatever it takes to clear her name.

I really enjoyed the prominent side story dealing with the lighthouse history and restoration but the 5 star suspenseful ending was the best. Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC.
Deborah Almada
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series even more with each book I read. This is a great series, I love the setting on the Maine coast, the Apron shop, such a clever and different shop, and then there are the characters. It is so easy to get invested with this group of characters, different ages, different life experiences but strong ties and wonderful loyalties. All this and I haven't even mentioned the mysteries which are also quite good, with some different twists and plenty of suspects. I am already waiting impa ...more
This series is sweet but everything is so symmetrical. All the main characters are partnered with someone they love and everyone seems so happy. They always bring the right item to the cookout, the picnic or the dinner party. I really want to like these books, but they are too perfect for me. Really 2.5 stars
Lisa Morin
Iris and her grandmother own a delightful apron shop, and are the characters in this series by Elizabeth Penney.
When a long time friend of Iris winds up being arrested for murder, Iris can't help but get involved.
She has a knack for finding out whodunit and her character is very likeable.
Anna Fox
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series. The characters are interesting and not over the top crazy/annoying. I like the town. The mystery kept me guessing. I love the shop idea and wouldn't mind finding such a shop.

Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Barbara Tobey
Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
She had me at lighthouse restoration and kept me intrigued with the mystery. The idea of an apron shop has me amazed that anyone uses them. Nice location anyway. Charming, interesting characters keep the story moving along. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley.
Stephanie AhYat
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner in this series, which has become one of my favorites. Elizabeth Penney keeps you guessing until the very end! A must read!
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the series and it is my favourite so far.
This series has become one of my favorites.
Entertaining characters and a well written whodunit.
I highly recommend it.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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Elizabeth Penney is an author, entrepreneur, and local food advocate living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In addition to writing full-time, she operates a micro soap business and a small farm. Elements that often appear in her novels include vintage summer cottages, past/present mysteries, and the arts.

Elizabeth is the author of the Apron Shop Series from St. Martin's as well as over t

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