4 out of 5 stars.
Welcome! Today I’m hosting a spot on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for A Fatal Collection by Mary Ellen Hughes. This was a fun book to read and a great start to a new series. I’ve read other books by Ms. Hughes so I was excited to see a new series coming out.
Callie Reed makes a long overdue visit to her aunt Melodie, who lives in a fairy-tale cottage in quaint Keepsake Cove, home to a bevy of unique collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Just as they’re beginning to reconnect, Callie discovers her aunt’s body on the floor of her music box shop. Grief-stricken, Callie finds she can’t accept Melodie’s death being called accidental. How could her strong and healthy aunt take such a fatal fall? And why was she there in the middle of the night?
As Callie searches for the truth, signs seem to come from her late aunt through a favorite music box, urging Callie on. Or are they warnings? If Callie isn’t careful, she could meet a similar deadly fate amid Melodie’s collection.
As I stated above, this was a fun read and a great start to a new series by Mary Ellen Hughes.
I’m totally in love with the characters from Keepsake Cove. They’re well-rounded, developed characters that seem to have a complexity that we barely scratched the surface of in this book. I’m not complaining about barely scratching the surface – it leaves more to learn in later books in the series! Callie and Tabitha are my favorites, though I’m also a fan of Delia and Brian. I’m sorry we didn’t get to learn more about Aunt Mel before she died, but I have a feeling we’ll learn a little more about her throughout the series.
Keepsake Cove sounds like a wonderful place to both live and visit. I personally am not wired to be a business-woman, so I don’t think I’d be a shop owner, but perhaps another town resident might be nice. Perhaps the town librarian and/or historian. That’d be right up my alley! The setting descriptions were plenty adequate for me to imagine Callie’s/Mel’s shop and cottage as well as other places in town.
The plot line moved along at a steady pace. There was no point where I felt it was moving too slowly or too fast. I did have an inkling of who the villain was before we got to the reveal, but Ms. Hughes definitely throws in enough red herrings to make you doubt yourself before you get to the reveal at the end!
If you’re at all into cozy mysteries, I think you’ll enjoy this one. I know I’m definitely looking forward to there being more books in the series!
About the Author
Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. Visit her at www.MaryEllenHughes.com.
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