by Sandra Murphy
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Poppy McAllister owns a B&B in Cape May. She’s also a gluten-free baker for her Italian boyfriend’s coffee shop. It sounds like the perfect life except…Poppy has a way of finding herself involved with murders. Not committing them, just finding the bodies. And clues as to who did it.
It’s no surprise when a man is found strangled with a macrame plant holder, the B&B is the first stop for police officers Amber and her new partner, Violet. Poppy is happy to say she’s never seen the man before.
Courtney Whipple is a retired antiques dealer who turned the shop over to his son, Auggie. Through no fault of her own, Poppy, her boyfriend Gia, and her Aunt Ginny are invited to the Whipple’s for a dinner that never manages to make it to the table. Aunt Ginny and her friends, the biddies, can come up with some doozy stunts, but they’re no match for Whipple’s craziness.
Auggie claims to have found an item worth a fortune. Another dealer says Auggie stole it from him. Before ownership can be established, Auggie is found stabbed to death—in an armoire Poppy wanted to buy at the annual antique auction.
What with being a sort of suspect, hosting a guest who thinks the B&B is haunted, another who is a midnight snacker, two guest cats who are stalking Poppy’s cat, a sleepwalker, a narcoleptic, sunburned chambermaid, and a surprise visit from Poppy’s former mother-in-law, solving a murder sounds like the easiest part of Poppy’s days.
This is book seven in the series. Poppy and Gia’s relationship is progressing despite their schedules and his relatives. The B&B is attracting guests, the oddballs who don’t read Yelp reviews, but still, kooks are better than empty rooms. Left unsupervised, Aunt Ginny and the biddies can get into more trouble than a herd of toddlers. Poppy takes it all in stride, where most people would take up drinking.
This is an all-time favorite series, one I always look forward to for the humor as well as the mystery to solve. The twist at the end was perfect. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Poppy and Gia.
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