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Pleading the Fish

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This was bittersweet. I didn’t realize this would be the last book in the series and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I enjoyed the story but I wish there where more details about the Swan family history. Overall, it was a good ending to this series.
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A perfect conclusion to a much beloved cozy mystery series. 

Everly Swan has a lot on her plate in this story. Planning a wedding, breaking a family curse, running her tea shop, and solving a murder is certainly keeping her busy!

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the mystery and am sad to know that this is the last tale with all of Bree Baker's  wonderfully quirky characters. I guess I'll have to go start over with book one now!
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This is the final installment of this series.  I am so sad to see it end as it is one my very favorites.

Everley Swan owns the Sand Sun and Tea Iced Tea shop and is known amateur sleuth who is planning her wedding to Det Grady Hayes.  The Swan women (including Everley and her Aunts Fran and Clair) have believed that anyone they love is cursed to die young.  Everley's friends and Grady are doing everything they can to convince her otherwise.  Everley has asked local researcher Susan Thames to help research the curse.  Susan is soon found dead and Everley is once again on the hunt for a killer.

This is a fun read and a good mystery.  It kept me guessing until the end of the book.  While I am sad that the series is ending, Ms. Baker ended it so fantastically.  I loved the epilogues.  I had a smile on my face when I finished it.  Bravo!

I was given a digital ARC by NetGalley and Poison Pen Press for an honest review.
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“Pleading the Fish” the 7th and final instalment in the A Seaside Cafe Mystery Series by Bree Baker.  It was bittersweet reading as I knew there wouldn’t be another, which could be why it took me longer to read as I just did not want it to end. I’m so glad the author knew in advance so she could wrap up the series for us, with no loose ends.   

Everly Swan's wedding plans are upended by a dead body. She'll have to run her teashop, find a dress, and catch a murderer all before she can walk down the aisle!

As I have said so many times before one of my favourite things about the books is the sense of family, friendship and how the community comes together. This time was no different as Everly's wedding approaches.

The mystery is interesting and well plotted, with enough twists to keep you interested.  I kept guessing and second-guessing myself on whodunnit right to the very end.   I recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends.

I requested and received an Advanced Readers Copy from Poison Pen Press and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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A delicious cozy mystery filled with mouthwatering recipes such as Piña Colada 🥧, Blueberry Lemonade Cake 🍰 🫐 and Lemon Cake. I loved the way Everly Swan tried solving the murder. The characters in the small town were quirky and well developed. Would recommend
Thank you to Bree Baker, NetGalley, and Poisoned Pen Press for the ARC of this book
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I've somehow missed this series until this book, apparently the last in the series, alas. As a result, I probably wasn't as clued in as I might have been otherwise on why a seemingly modern, intelligent woman like Everly Swan would so strongly believe in an ol' curse. According to this curse, any man the women of the Swan family marries dies an early death. Curse aside, there is still plenty of time for Everly, who seems to have a reputation for doing so, to get involved in investigating a murder. Her soon-to-be husband, detective Grady Hayes, of course, tries to discourage her, not to mention disprove the curse.

He already has a murder to solve. Who pushed the victim in the well? Will Grady also disprove the curse? Does the curse have anything to do with the murder? Will Everly discover who the murderer is? Will she have more seaweed dumped on her? Yuck. Will Everly ever settle on a wedding gown? Why is a lemon cake important? Who is the mystery man lurking near her aunts' place of business? Can Everly trust her former nemesis? Heck, will Everly live long enough to get married or, gasp, will she learn that the curse is real and Grady won't make it down the wedding aisle?

Nope, not telling. All these questions and more are answered in this final entry in the Seaside Cafe Mysteries series. Now, please, excuse me. I'm feeling the urge for some lemon cake.

Thanks to #NetGalley and #PoisonedPenPress for the ARC.
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Terrific way to end a charming and delightful series. Yes, this can be read as a stand-alone, but reading at least some of the previous ones made it even more enjoyable.
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Absolutely loved this book!! I really enjoyed the characters and the sweet story line!! I was up all night reading and couldn't put the book down! I highly recommend!!
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Sad that the series has ended but oh what an ending! Story keeps you guessing as who the killer is. All loose ends are neatly wrapped up. I will miss Everly, Grady and the town of Charm,NC. All good things come to an end but oh what fun this series is! Thanks #netgalley and #PoinsonedPenPress for the EARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
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amateur-sleuth, cozy-mystery, family-dynamics, curse, friendship, law-enforcement, North Carolina, Outer Banks, romance, small-business, small-town, murder, murder-investigation, museum****

Excellent series ender! It begins with fears of a family curse which the potential groom is determined to disprove. They do decide to become engaged even as a murder happens. They both become involved in the investigation (he is the local law, and she is the amateur sleuth) and it is as well done with all its twists and red herrings as the fun characters. Loved it!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
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I enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the setting. The story is interesting and it was definitely a surprise who the killer is. I loved the epilogues which show the family in the future.  #PleadingtheFish #NetGalley
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A sensational, emotional ending to one of my favorite cozy mystery series. Everly Swan owns the successful Sun, Sand, and Tea Cafe in the seaside village of Charm, North Carolina. Everly’s descendants have always believed that Swan women are cursed and that any man they love will die. Book seven highlights the quest to disprove the curse so Grady and Everly can marry and be happy. When a researcher working for Everly on her ancestor’s information is murdered, Everly and friends do their best to find answers as to why.

The author has filled the intriguing plot with plenty of threat’s against Everly; fantastic news for Amelia; a major life change for Great Aunt’s Clara and Fran; lots of humor; and the lowlife perpetrator is flushed out of hiding.

While I wasn’t ready for this wonderful series to end, all loose ends are tidily wrapped up, and happy endings are wished for all involved! Delicious recipes included.

I honestly reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Poison Pen Press. All opinions are my own. Thank you.
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I thought Pleading the Fish wrapped up the series well especially since it included a satisfying epilogue.

While there was always a bit of the supernatural brought up in this series (the curse, Lou and the cat, etc.), I found Everly's obsession in this one a bit irritating.  Not sure why after 6 previous books.  She just seemed more foolish to me than previously.

Still, I enjoyed the read and wasn't left with a hollow, unsatisfied feeling.

I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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I adore this series and Everly herself. Although sometimes she makes poor decisions in her quest to bring the bad guys to justice, much to the detriment of her cop boyfriend turned fiancé, Grady, she is endearing and funny to the end. 

This book picks up where the prior book left off, with Grady getting ready to ask a question of Everly. Readers of the series can anticipate what the question is, though that didn't make me any less misty when he asks it. Everly, terrified of her family lore of being cursed and Swan beloveds dying prematurely, tries to push him away. This book is about finding the details of this so-called curse to put Everly's fears to rest. It is also the book of endings of the series and while it breaks my heart, Ms. Baker did the series its due justice with the wrap up. 

I am sad to leave the town of Charm, NC behind. I loved these books and eagerly anticipated each new release. I am not sure why all the good series have to end when the amateur sleuth gets married, like do all the murders just stop or do they just lose interest in solving them? I find either to be quite preposterous but I am not a book publisher so who knows? Anyway, this was a perfect ending to a literally charming series and one I plan to re-visit many times in the future.
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Pleading the Fish is the seventh and final book in the "Beachfront Cozy Mysteries" written by Bree Baker, a pseudonym of Julie Anne Lindsey, Julie Chase, and Jacqueline Frost. I am sorry to see this fun cozy series end. I have enjoyed the entire series and love the protagnist Everly as a smart savvy person who is good at solving clues.  I will miss this series. 

Everly is preparing for her wedding when a ancient curse may be taking hold. The curse foretells the death of every man who marries into her family. She contacts a researcher to clairy what can be done when the researcher is murdered. Is someone sabotaging her happiness ?   Everly is a sensible person but is taken away by the curse in this book and very nervous to get married. Can she solve the murder before her wedding. You have to read this last in  series to find out. A enjoyable read and a sad goodbye to this series.
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Pleading the Fish is the seventh and last book in the Beachfront Cozy Mysteries written by Bree Baker, a pseudonym of Julie Anne Lindsey, Julie Chase, and Jacqueline Frost. I've read multiple series by the author, and I found this one earlier in the year. I rushed through it to catch up, then I learned it was coming to a conclusion - very sad! It's my favorite of hers, and one of my top ten overall. Such an easily readable, smart, and imaginative writer. The stories always feel fresh, and the dialog is spot on.

Everly is engaged to be married, but she believes the Swan curse will kill him before they can say I do. She's a magnet for finding dead bodies, and when she discovers that of the woman who was researching the Swan family history, what could it mean? As she explores her own history, Everly learns things about her family's iced tea recipes, dessert-baking concoctions, and the wedding dresses over a hundred women in the family have worn. Which one should she choose?

Relationships are explained. Rivalries are tied up. Babies are born. And there's a jump forward at the end. I loved the whole book, and I am now moving on to her newest series, Bonne and Clyde. Plus, she has another one coming out soon, I hear!
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I love this series and am so sad that it’s ending!! As always, the characters were well developed and fun, the book was funny and the storyline was interesting. You definitely need to read all the books in this series to really get the whole story—and then look up Julie Anne Lindsey, Jacqueline Frost and Julie Chase because it’s the same author writing all of the books! Each is just as wonderful as the last!
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I hadn't realized that this was the final book. I had read this series from the beginning.  The series has improved greatly along each book.  It is sad to see a good  series end, but the author does the readers a service by serving up several epilogues that give us closure.
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Wow, oh wow! What can I say other than this was the perfect end to a phenomenal series. I laughed 🤣 I cried 😭 I felt ALL THE THINGS 🥰 

I’m very sad to see this series end, but I don’t think it could have wrapped up any more perfectly. I look forward to reading this series over and over again.

Please Note: I received an advance copy for an honest review.
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Loved reading this book and series. If you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend doing so.
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