Rhythm and Clues

The Record Shop Mysteries

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Pub Date 26 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 09 Apr 2024
St. Martin's Press | St. Martin's Paperbacks

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The rhythm is gonna get you.

It’s been five whole months since the last murder in Cedar River, Texas, and Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie have been humming along when disaster strikes again.

Their struggling vinyl records shop/coffee nook, Sip & Spin Records, is under pressure from predatory investors, though the Jessup sisters aren’t ready to face the music and admit defeat. But the night after their meeting, the sketchy financier is killed outside their shop during a torrential Texas thunderstorm that washes out all the roads in and out of town. Now the sisters find themselves trapped in Cedar River with a killer, and Juni is determined to solve the case.

When the river spits out an unexpected surprise, Detective Beau Russell asks for Juni’s help, never predicting her investigation will spin her into danger. Up until now, the Jessup sisters have been playing it by ear, but with the whole town watching, can they catch a killer before he strikes again?

The rhythm is gonna get you.

It’s been five whole months since the last murder in Cedar River, Texas, and Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie have been humming along when disaster strikes...


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Another book in the Record Shop Mystery series.
This time the proprietors are in a bit of a sticky financial state. After meeting with a sketchy man who could be their lender, he is found dead.
A storm has washed out the ability to leave the area. The police enlist the sisters to help solve the mystery. It put them straight in the eye of danger.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery

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#RhythmandClues #NetGalley is the third book in this fun series, featuring sisters Tansey, Maggie and Juni, owners of Sip and Spin, a local coffee and vinyl record shop
The sisters enjoy their shop, but have financial struggles like other small businesses do. An investor is interested in Sip and Spin, but Juni remembers the main investor from her college days, and her opinion of him hasn't changed.
The last thing Juni needs in her life is another man, especially when she's trying to sort out her feelings for her high school sweetheart Beau, and childhood friend Teddy.
Juni isn't impressive with the investor, especially when he becomes a little too hands on with her.
A major storm soon brings down buckets of rain, and when Juni and her sister check on their shop, a loud crash has them rushing outside, to find a car up on the curb, hitting Tansey's car in the process.
The only occupant is in the passenger seat, covered in glass and unresponsive. Juni takes a closer look only to find Zack, the investor she was with earlier, and he's not breathing.
Juni soon finds herself wrapped up in the murder investigation, while providing shelter for Savannah, Zack's investment partner, who is grieving his death.
I found myself loving this book, the mystery was really good and I was shocked when the actual perpetrator was revealed.
I love the record shop vibe in the series, I remember my own excitement when a new record was released and the joy of browsing through the stores.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for selecting me to read an advanced copy of the book.

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It was a delight being back in Cedar River, Texas! This is the third book in the series. The mystery is self-contained and can be read as a stand-alone but the relationships evolve since book 1 and I'd recommend them all.

I hope there are many more books to come in the Record Shop Mystery series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin's Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thank you, St. Martin's Press!

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The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You
Third in the oh-so-smooth Record Shop series by Olivia Blacke, Rhythm and Clues is a mystery that will have you dancing along.

It’s been five whole months since the last murder in Cedar River, Texas, and Juni Jessup and her sisters Tansy and Maggie have been humming along when disaster strikes again.

Their struggling vinyl records shop/coffee nook, Sip & Spin Records, is under pressure from predatory investors, though the Jessup sisters aren’t ready to face the music and admit defeat. But the night after their meeting, the sketchy financier is killed outside their shop during a torrential Texas thunderstorm that washes out all the roads in and out of town. Now the sisters find themselves trapped in Cedar River with a killer, and Juni is determined to solve the case.

When the river spits out an unexpected surprise, Detective Beau Russell asks for Juni’s help, never predicting her investigation will spin her into danger. Up until now, the Jessup sisters have been playing it by ear, but with the whole town watching, can they catch a killer before he strikes again? The rhythm is gonna get you March 26, 2024 from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.

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"Rhythm and Clues (Record Shop Mystery #3)" by Olivia Blacke is an early fall setting with a big southern storm has the big event. During all the storm activity a deadly car accident happens, of course it's right where Juniper has to be part of discovering it. We get the usual back and forth of Juniper (and a little of her sisters) trying to help solve it. Juniper is also regularly joined by a business acquaintance that is "stuck" in town because of the storm and her associate with the car accident.

So, I'm going to spoil a little bit. Thank you for ending the love triangle. it was getting a bit ridiculous for a woman her age and especially considering how she kept denying she was "not" dating the one guy. Um, you're totally dating.

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amateur-sleuth, local-law-enforcement, storms, flooding, small-business, small-town, family-business, family-dynamics, relationships, relatives, sisters, murder-investigation, Texas, situational-humor, cozy-mystery, punny*****

It was a dark and stormy night. For real. Severe storm with flooding and local evacuations, all power out, and a dead man in a car in front of the family store.
Juni Jessup is a former software developer who returned to live near her roots after her father died and resurrect the family business (promoting vinyl records) by adding a coffee shop . One sister is married to a lawyer, and the other has financial sense. Juni still has interests in the local police detective who was her love during high school but remains conflicted between him and the postal delivery guy.
I think this might even have been better that either of the earlier two!
I requested and received an EARC from St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks via NetGalley. Thank you!

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If you love small town mysteries with a splash of love and drama, this one is for you! The reader is left wondering what is next for the main characters. It was also lovely to be able to try to solve the mystery as it was not obviously evident. This is book 3 of 3 in the series but it is written so that readers can easily follow along and are in fact encouraged to go back and read books 1-2.

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Rhythm and Clues by Olivia Blake was a delight! This book could be read as a stand alone though I have read the first book in the series. I loved seeing the town pull together after flooding. It’s fun seeing Juni’s interactions with her sisters and be more in depth about how they run their small business.

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I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Juni Jessup is at it again. Another dead body. This time it is Zach Fjord. Zach was attempting to invest in Sip & Spin. Juni and her sisters want nothing to do with Zach or his money. When Zach turns up dead outside the record shop, Juni jumps into action. What secrets is Zach's partner, Savannah, in business and love hiding? The list of people who may want Zach dead is a mile long. Juni's on-again off again date, Beau, asks her for helps solving another mystery. Is Juni up for the challenge? Of course!

I loved this book. It can be read as a stand alone book from the series. The pace was quick and fun. My favorite part is that Juni makes a decision on who she wants to date. Is it Beau or Teddy? You will have to read it to find out.

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Rhythm and Clues is the 3rd book in The Record Shop Mysteries series. The characters are likeable but the.main character Juniper (Juni) Jessup is curious and smart enough but is a.little immature. Juni and her sisters, Maggie and Tansy opened a coffee shop/record store, Sip and Spin. It is struggling but they are managing. An investor that Juni knew in college is in town and is pressuring the sisters to let them invest in Sip and Spin. One of the investors ends up dead. Juni has 2 men who like her, Beau who is a detective on the local police force and Teddy who is a mail carrier. Beau was Juni's boyfriend in high school and.college until he broke up with her. Juni and Teddy have been friends since high school. Juni needs to make a decision and choose one of the guys but she likes them both. Juni finally picks one of them but I wasn't happy with it or how it was done. The discussion with the chosen guy was very anticlimactic and could have been an opportunity to portray
her feelings for the guy. It does happen later. The mystery kept me guessing and the ending had everyone as friends which was nice. Overall I enjoyed this book and the series. #RhythmAndClues #RecordShopMystery #NetGalley #StMartinsPress

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Rhythm and Clues is the delightful third in The Record Shop Mysteries series. When Juni finds another dead body no one is surprised. But finding the killer is going to take some doing. I kept guessing wrong but had a lot of fun along the way. I adored the punny drink names and quirky characters. Highly recommend.

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When it comes to cozy mysteries, 2023 was marked by finding and reading the first two in this series. What better way to start out 2024 than by reading the ARC of this thanks to NetGalley and St. Martins Press.

Olivia Blacke hit another home run with this quirky, cozy, and fun mystery. If you are a fun of puns and music, you will find some gems within the pages of this one. I continue to love the characters and the plots of these books. I cannot wait to see what the next one has in store.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review "Rhythm and Clues", the third book in the Sip & Spin cozy mystery series from Olivia Blacke.
I must admit, when I saw the ARC on NetGalley I had yet to read any of the books; so I remedied that situation right away by reading "Vinyl Resting Place" and "A Fatal Groove", in preparation for this one.
The Record Shop Mysteries are right up my cozy mystery alley - I'm a big music fan and have a rapidly growing vinyl collection. However, I don't drink coffee, but I do appreciate all of the drink names that Juniper comes up with, book after book.
As in the previous two instalments, Juniper is right there to discover the latest murder - which coincidentally happens right outside their record store/coffee bar. And of course, she just has to investigate - after all, she did solve two previous murders just before the authorities!
This time, the body belongs to Zach Fjord, a predatory investor with a checkered history when it comes to some of the stores in Cedar River - killed when a brick is launched at his car at the height of a storm that takes out the electricity system and strands everyone due to downed trees.
As the town recovers from the storm, Juniper, Maggie and Tansy (her two sisters) are also saddled with Zach's former partner/paramour/fiancée, Savannah - who had been driving the car at the time.
The list of possible killers grows exponentially as Juniper visits and interrogates the various store owners who had done business with the investors, and it's going to take some figuring out just who has the better motive.
Added to the mystery is why/how a number of handless mannequins ended up in the river, and whether on not Juniper can finally decide which boyfriend - Beau or Teddy - deserves all of her attention.
If you like cozy mysteries with a lot of humour, music and punny drink names, this series is for you. Highly recommended.

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Rhythm and Clue by Olivia Black is the third installment in the Record Shop Mystery Series. Junie and her sisters are back, ready to serve up fun punny coffee drinks with a side of mystery and murder. I enjoyed going back to Cedar River, catching up with the sisters and imaging what the different coffee options tasted like, while trying to guess who could have been the one to cause the death of financial investor Zack.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press, St. Martin's Paperbacks and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this ARC.

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I read this book, as I did the two previous entries in the series, courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

<i>Rhythm and Clues</i> continues one of my current favorite cozy series, set in a small town outside of Austin, Texas, where Juni and her two sisters run a coffee and vinyls store that revives the record store once owned by their grandparents. Juni has displayed a knack for solving murders--and that doesn't change this time around, when the handsy jerk who wanted to invest in her business ends up dead in his car. Fortunately, this time around she's not the suspect, but she's immersed in the mystery all the same. She's also coping with romantic entanglements as her ex-boyfriend now-town-detective Beau and wholesome mailman Teddy vie for her affection.

I really don't like love triangles, so I was a bit worried about the attention paid to the drama in this book--and then was profoundly relieved with how things played out. So if you're like me, keep reading! I think the developments here will make the next books even stronger.

The deep mystery here was quite fun. I guessed the correct murderer early on, but the end still delivered plenty of complications and surprises.

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Thank you to the publisher and net galley for the ARC of this book. all opinions are my own.
Due to the current SMP boycott, I will not post my thoughts on this story until the concerns are addressed. At that time, I will be happy to post my full review.

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I love the Record Shop Mystery Series by Olivia Blacke and in her latest book, “Rhythm and Clues’, Juni Jessup and her sister are once again in the middle of a murder investigation. Juni is still being pursued by two handsome men who both want to win her heart. Her old boyfriend, Beau, is trying his hardest to be the front runner but soft spoken mailman Teddy, is doing his best to be the man of her dreams. Juni really doesn’t have time for romance because she is determined to solve the mystery of the latest murder to befell her small town. It wasn’t her fault that her sister's car was hit by a runaway car that had a dead body in it! Some people think Juni likes this kind of attention, but that is certainly not the case. Juni, Tansy and Maggie worked together to piece together the clues, with help from the worried residents of Cedar River, so that their town will be safe once again, or until Juni stumbles upon another mystery to solve.

I love this series for many reasons, but most importantly, the pairing of good music and a delicious cup of coffee or tea. The idea of a record store/coffee shop, such as Sip and Spin records, is so much fun, as are the creative names Juni comes up with for her daily specials. I love Juni’s eclectic collection of vintage band tees that she proudly wears every day, which reflect her carefree and sunny personality. She strives to bring people together with the perfect song, a new melody and the right drink to start your day!!

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Leave it to Juni to be securing Sip & Spin Records during a torrential storm and come face-to-face with a dead body. Juni and her old boyfriend Beau (it’s complicated) just went to a hockey game with Zack and his partner Savannah, who are trying to buy a stake in the record store/coffee business. But when someone throws a brick through Zack’s car window, well, he won’t be making any more deals. Maybe Juni should make a Cup of Murder one of the daily coffee specials?
Savannah is crushed and asks Juni find out whodunnit. Now she will really need extra coffee! Her love life is a mess (torn between two guys), Savannah’s staying with her at her sister Tansy’s house and driving Juni a bit insane, and Daffy (the cat) does not appreciate being moved around. Oh, and of course, there is the murder she is trying to figure out.
This is the third book in the Record Shop Mystery series and as usual there’s a lot of mayhem, some delicious coffee, some good food, some unique characters and of course, the love between three sisters. It was an enjoyable read, and I did not figure out who the killer was. I’m already looking forward to the next book.

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This cozy series is developing nicely. I enjoyed the primary and secondary characters and the interactions of the small town. While the resolution was satisfying, the plot took a lot of time to move forward, and the ‘locked room’ element of the storm and its long aftermath slowed the story down. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to reading more in this series.

Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of the book in exchange for my opinion.

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Kindle Copy for Review from Net Galley and St. Martin's Press.

I received a free, advance copy of this book and this is my unbiased and voluntary review.

The Jessup sisters are struggling with their vinyl/coffee shop. As they seek financial help or watch their businesses collapse. They find themselves out of town in the midst of a storm after meeting a sketchy investor whose body winds up outside their shop.

The girls will have their work cut out for them as they seek a killer in a storm. Will they be able to catch a killer before another body is found? A cool addition in this series.

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