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Plotting for Murder

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This is a story about Sawyer, a chef, in a small coastal town.  Sawyer makes a Mac n cheese for a member of a book club...then the member dies.  Sawyers reputation is on the line, so she sets out to solve the mystery.  This is a fun, quick read!
Thanks to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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First, an apology to the author and NetGalley who had graciously sent me a review copy of this book.  I am so sorry I did not get this book read until you approved me for the second in the series.  

Now on to the good part.  I loved this book.  During the "Stay At Home" order I've been trying to do a lot of reading.  I had read several books but wanted something different.  So I picked a Cozy Mystery and found this funny, interesting, bookish, cozy out of all my books!  This book is full of interesting characters, including a sweet puppy named Cooper (I'm a sucker for dogs).  I laughed, I cried and I didn't want to stop reading!  I'm ready for the second in this great series!

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Sawyer has inherited a puppy and a bookstore and a whole heap of trouble. For one she’s a chef she doesn’t know anything about running a bookstore.  Then when a book club member dies after eating her dish she becomes the prime suspect.  Now she has to solve the murder before she’s the next victim.  Even though I’ve read bookstore cozy mystery before this one was different as it focused more on Sawyer being chef rather than a book store owner.
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A pretty cute little read! I liked the mystery/murder, and the animals, love them! It makes me want to read the whole series. It's off a great start and I'll be watching for more from this author! 

I voluntarily read a copy of this book from Net Galley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and this review is left of my own free will.
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Sawyer Davis returned to her hometown after her mother's death. She received the old Victorian home that was in desperate need of repair, the bookshop her mother had run, as well as the hassles of dealing with the trust fund her uncle the mayor wants her to abandon so that he can take it over. As if this wasn't stressful enough, her ex boyfriend is the sheriff and still has feelings for her, the lawyer is cute and also has a crush, and one of the customers at the book club died in the store.

This is the start of a series of cozy mystery novels, and there are a lot of fun characters in it. In addition to the mystery of the death in Sawyer's store, there's the items her mother had hidden for her, someone that seems to want her out of town, and trying to juggle a lot of mixed emotions. Having so many plot threads is very ambitious for the start of a series, but it never feels overwhelming as I read this novel. Sawyer is a great character to follow through this book, and the relationships she has with all of the characters unfolds naturally. Even those that she doesn't like, who had been mean to her since high school, have personality all their own and really shines through as individuals.

Because Sawyer had given up life as a chef in Chicago, there is a lot of talk about food and the restaurant she would love to build in town. This aspect may also be a fun set of details for foodies to enjoy as they go through this story. There are just enough dangling plot threads at the end of this story to draw in the reader for future volumes in this series, and it's not a cliffhanger ending at all. I'm sure future novels will be just as much fun as this one!
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This was a quick read. It held my interest and I would recommend it to others. I would read more by this author.
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I enjoyed this book.  It's the first story in the Cozy Mystery Bookshop series.  It combines two of my favorite cozy themes, bookstores and cooking.  Sawyer Davis has returned to Sunset Cove to settle her mother's estate.  She discovers her mother has left her a bookstore, a new puppy and several potential boyfriends.   She also finds her uncle who is trying to claim her mother's prize asset.  When a man dies after eating Sawyer's mac and cheese, the local sheriff, an old boyfriend, tries to find the murderer instead of jumping to the conclusion that Sawyer did it.  I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Plotting for Murder is the first book in a new cozy bookshop mystery series by Tamra Baumann. Released 14th March 2019 it's 228 pages and available in ebook and paperback formats.

I'm a huge sucker for bookshop cozies. Bonus points for pets (cats or dogs, or in one notable example, a pet armadillo), baked goods, knitting, book clubs, and I don't mind the occasional obligatory hunky sheriff/detective love interest. This book ticked a lot of boxes for me. Underdog heroine lead character fighting against an unfair trust, (her uncle's a piece of poo), complicated history with the local hunky sheriff, an unexpected puppy (awww), and a few other appealing plot features which might be a little standard, but that's why we devour cozy mysteries.

This one is pretty well written, with good characterizations and pacing. The book's written in first person point of view which can be a little distracting, but it didn't detract from my overall enjoyment. There are a scant few places where the dialogue was a bit rough, but again, nothing that killed my suspension of disbelief or lessened my enjoyment.

The language is clean, the crimes are bloodless, and there's a romance subplot but nothing sexually graphic. There are some minor plot elements leading to the next book, but no major cliffhangers. It's a safe and fun read.

Three and a half stars.
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Great first in series! I love the book shop setting and enjoyed getting to know the characters, except maybe the jerky uncle! This was a well planned mystery and I look forward to reading more in this series.
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I really enjoyed reading this cozy mystery, vollying between who done it and cheering on Sawyer as she juggled all the things her mother left for her to deal with after her death. I look forward to the next installment.
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A good quick easy to read cozy mystery.  Enjoyed the plot, setting and the author’s writing.  Look forward to reading more books in this series.
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Another amazing cozy mystery! Sawyer fast became a new favorite character and the fact she has a whole Bookshop full of mystery novels is a dream come true for me! The characters and the snarky love/ hate relationship kept this book fast paced and hilarious. The antics of all the drama including a puppy that poor Sawyers mom left her with had me cracking up. This was a great story the mystery was good not the most original in the world but it didn’t matter the characters and the high jinks completely made up for it
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Calling all cozy mystery fans! `I loved this book. What interesting characters set in an amazing town and of course, embroiled in a mystery! Add a dash of romance, and you have  a recipe for success! (see what I did there?) So, our heroine, Sawyer, is a chef who is propelled back to her home town when her Mom passes. Mom is actually a heroine too, as you can't help but love her. She has passed on but her character is so well written that you love her in absentia. They mystery itself is well written, and you are not sure who you can trust exactly. Well done! The romance is light and believable and not too much or too little. Fabulous! So, now I know who did it, but... I still want to know more! What happens next? I hope I don't have to wait too long to find out. Loved this book!!!!
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I enjoyed this book and love that it centers around a Mystery Bookstore. It was hard for me to get into in the beginning because it is written in first person but as I got to know the characters and the story started getting good I had no problem enjoying the fun characters and setting. I look forward to future books I the series
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

OK, so I'm going to start by saying that if you pick this book up and the begiing hasn't changed, keep reading! I was really thrown off by the start, because I felt like the writing was poor and it kept distracting me. After a chapter or two it actually really improved, and I genuinely think the start was the only bad thing about this book; after a while the characters and the situation grows on you and I really liked the story! I can always do without a love triangle, but hopefully Sawyer makes a decision on that front and doesn't leave the reader's hanging for too long.

I always love books about books, and this was no exception. There are plenty of points of reference in this, but I feel like maybe the focus will move to food eventually if Sawyer opens her dream restaurant. The might mix the two themes though, we'll see!

So yeah, I felt like this was overall a fun and interesting mystery. Four stars.
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This was a quirky story that made for a quick afternoon read.
The plot was interesting, the characters likable and the reveal surprising.
I look forward to reading more in this series.
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This is a pleasant light story of a woman who inherits a bookstore/coffeeshop from her mother but its tied up in a trust controlled by her uncle. At the first book club meeting a young man dies, and the rest of the book is concerned with the investigation of his murder, along with some other interesting subplots.
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Very likeable main character.  I really like the writing style of the author.  It keep a very good pace.  I'm very excited about this series and can't wait for the next to come out.  I'll definitely be telling others about this book.
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Fun and fast paced, this book leaves the reader engaged throughout. With a chef, matching, food, books, and a puppy, how can you go wrong? This is definitely a book I would tell you to read twice, to make sure you don't miss one great moment of it.
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It's been a while since I read a "cozy mystery" and now I remember why.  This book is simply written but I still find myself very confused.  It's the first book in a series but there are references to previous events that are like a 3rd or 4th installment.  Random introductions of characters, again with references as tho we should know them.
The mystery was rushed and really no surprise.    Not really a cliffhanger other than there are bits that need explaining. Lovers of cozy mysteries and small town drama will like.  It's the start to a promising series but I'm not sure I will read more. 
How the heck do you write a book about an aspiring chef with no recipes?!?!? Heck just the quick brownies would have made me happy.
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