Rhythm and Clues By Olivia Blacke: Review/Giveaway

Apr 27, 2024 | 2024 Articles, Mysteryrat's Maze, Sarah Erwin

by Sarah Erwin

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase the book from Amazon.

In Olivia Blacke’s Rhythm and Clues (the third entry in the Record Shop Mystery Series) readers are once again visiting Cedar River, Texas, but this time in a torrential Texas thunderstorm.

Juni Jessup, along with her sisters Tansy and Maggie, own Sip & Spin Records and are getting some serious pressure from predatory investors. The sisters aren’t ready to sign on the dotted line, and after Juni spends an evening at a hockey game with Zachary and his business partner Savannah, Juni’s even more sure she wants nothing to do with them.

Once she returns home that evening, Juni and Tansy brave the elements to check on their store and their store cat, Daffy. While mopping up water, there is a loud crash and they run outside to find a car up on the curb with the driver’s side door open and financier Zachary dead inside on the passenger side.

Did Zachary die from the crash or is foul play at work? And where is the driver? All roads in and out of town are washed out due to the storm so everyone is stuck, giving this well-plotted mystery a locked-room type of feel and this ups the tension even more.

I flew through this mystery in just two sittings, enjoying both the twists and turns of the mystery, as well as the wonderful small town details and the creative musically themed drinks served at Sip & Spin records. There’s also some light romance blended into the story, and while the love triangle trope can be frustrating, it seems to be resolved by the end of the book. I enjoyed Juni and her sisters so much, each funny and loveable in their own way. The family dinner scene and the other characters who are part of Juni’s extended family had me chuckling as I read. I’ll certainly be reading more in this series.

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Sarah Erwin started her career as a children’s librarian, later becoming a public library director and now she’s a stay at home mom. While her career might have changed, her love of reading has been a constant since 4th grade and she reads over 200 books a year. Read along with her on her blog Sarah Can’t Stop Reading or on Instagram. Sarah lives in St. Louis, MO with her two kids, her husband and a family dog and cat.

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  1. Love record stores! Count me in!

  2. Sounds like a great book. Love the cover.

  3. I love the cover! It looks so fun!

  4. A fun premise. I’d enjoyed the first in the series awhile back.

  5. Sounds like a good read.
    thanks. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  6. What a great cover, and the story sounds great. Congrats to Olivia Blacke.

  7. I’ve wanted to read this book for a while! Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. We have a winner!


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