The latest installment in Darci Hannah’s delicious Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series set in small-town Beacon Harbor, Michigan, featuring a baker heroine who lives in the local lighthouse with her beloved Newfoundland dog, Wellington.
Lindsey prefers to keep her bakeshop’s Halloween decor light and autumnal, rather than gruesome and ghoulish. But everyone knows her lighthouse home is haunted. Some intrepid teens have even tried to break in to witness the resident ghost themselves. Dreading Halloween night, Lindsey reluctantly allows her influencer and podcaster best friend, Kennedy, to host a live ghost hunting investigation in the lighthouse, conducted by a professional team. Protective of her ghost, Lyndsey is understandably nervous about what they might uncover . . .
The segment is uneventful—until things take a terrifying turn. The team freaks out. As Kennedy joins the mad dash outside, she bumps into what looks like the prankster teens’ creepy clown costume hanging from a tree. But when Lindsey’s dog, Wellington, begins to whine, they make a grim the clown is no dummy. It’s a corpse.
Now Lindsey and company will need to keep their cool if they want a ghost of a chance to solve the murder—and see another Halloween . . .
Praise for Murder at the Blueberry Festival
“You’ll never see the end coming in this delightfully zany tale.”
Includes Delicious Recipes!
Review by Twinsie Kelly
Ghost hunts, dead bodies, and baked goods….what more could one ask for? This is quite the crazy tale that is part of the Beacon Bakeshop Mystery series. I noticed this book on a giveaway on Goodreads and thought, “why not?” and then actually won! One caveat that I must disclose is that I didn’t realize this is part of a series and have not read the previous three. With that being said, I didn’t ever feel absolutely in the dark like I was missing something from not reading the prior books. There were times where I felt that if I had read the prior books, I may have a little more insight into some of the characters, but nothing drastic. With that being said, I was instantly pulled in to the story. Lyndsay owns an old lighthouse that has been converted into a bakery. She not only works there but also lives there. And quite happily with a resident ghost. Halloween is around the corner and the pranksters are out in full force. Her bestie ends up getting actual ghost hunters to come and do a live show at her place when all heck breaks loose when a dead body is found while on the live cast. There is seldom a dull moment at this lighthouse. Ghost lights, smudging, murders, famous authors, and just overall crazy people….are everywhere! It was a good story with a wonky murder tale that will actually have you guessing until the very end. It is a bit predictable in parts but I think that is the appeal of the small town of Beacon Harbor and having resident mystery solvers, a bit Scooby Doo-ish. Cute but not, if you catch my drift. Even with a murder, it is lighthearted and funny. Solid 4 stars!
Cozy mystery author, Darci Hannah, is a native of the Midwest and currently lives in a small town in Michigan. Darci is a lifelong lover of the Great Lakes, a natural wonder that inspires many of her stories. When Darci isn’t baking for family and friends, hiking with her furry pals, Ripley and Finn, or concocting her next cozy mystery, she can be found wandering around picturesque lakeside villages with her hubby, sampling baked goods, and breaking for coffee more often than she should.
Darci’s books include:
MURDER AT THE BEACON BAKESHOP 1st in the Beacon Bakeshop Mystery Series (Kensington 2021), CHERRY SCONES & BROKEN BONES (Midnight Ink 2019), CHERRY PIES & DEADLY LIES (Midnight Ink 2018), THE ANGEL OF BLYTHE HALL (Ballantine Books 2011, 2nd edition by Piffle & Bombast 2016), THE EXILE OF SARA STEVENSON (Ballantine Books 2010)
You can learn more about Darci and her books at www.darcihannah.com