and Virgil are back from their quickly planned, but equally
romantic wedding and honeymoon to find that while they've
been gone Phish has been in contact with a ghost hunting reality
TV show, Haunt Hunt, starting Wynter Castle. As if having
a squabbling cast and crew underfoot isn't bad enough, things
get completely out of hand when two of the staff are found
murdered. Now Merry and Virgil must put aside any romantic
thoughts to get down to the core of what is going on behind
the scenes...before their newlywed bliss becomes newlywed
I will start by saying that I have been reading this series
from the very beginning and I have loved every single book.
The characters are so well crafted and real. The murder mysteries
are always well thought out and full of twists and turns,
leaving you guessing right up until the end. And while I did
enjoy this book, something felt off about the book in general.
Usually in cozy mysteries you have the murder happen early
in the book and from there on out the mystery must be solved.
In this book the murder doesn't happen for awhile, which seemed
to drag the book along, waiting for the action to begin. Once
said action took place, the story picked up and I couldn't
put it down. Having said that, I still enjoyed the book, and
there were quite a few "ahh" moments between Merry
and Virgil that I have been waiting a long time for, making
it completely worth the read. I can't wait to see what the
next book in the series will bring, as well as new recipes
to dive into.
Reviewer Notes: Also writes the Vintage
Kitchen and Teapot Collector mystery series. Victoria Hamilton
and Amanda Cooper are pseudonyms of Donna Lee Simpson.