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I received this book for free from the author. This review is voluntary. My opinion is not influenced in any way.Burden of Poof by Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries #1
Published by Cozy Queen Publishing LLC on September 15, 2021
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Format: eARC, Kindle Book
Source: the author
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Also by this author: Murder by the Seaside, Murder Comes Ashore
An amateur sleuth named Bonnie and her kitty companion Clyde, with names like those, what could possibly go wrong?
Life hasn't sparkled too brightly for Bonnie Balfour over the past few years, but a heart-breaking divorce has brought her back to her small rural hometown of Bliss, Georgia, and things are starting to shape up.
The proud new owner of Bless Her Heart—a second chance dress shop and boutique on the town square—Bonnie thinks thirty-eight might not be too late for a fresh start in life after all.
Until a grouchy old widow turns up dead in a pile of donations meant for Bonnie’s shop, and the town’s new detective pins her to the top of his suspect list!
To save her shop, dream and reputation, Bonnie must coordinate clues and stitch together the truth about her innocence, but the unreasonably handsome detective and prying eyes of the local gossip mill are fast fraying her nerves.
When a series of anonymous attacks begin to hem her in, Bonnie fears the real killer is fixing to make her his next victim. Can this amateur sleuth measure up?
Burden of Poof is a fabulous start to a new cozy mystery series from author Julie Anne Lindsey. Head on down to Bliss, Georgia with Bonnie Balfour as she starts over in her hometown with the cutest second-hand boutique: Bless Her Heart; and the cutest little bow-tie-wearing black cat: Clyde. Bonnie finds herself the prime suspect in the murder of grouchy Viola Harrington. Now Bonnie finds herself trying to prove her innocence on top of trying to move on from her divorce.
I have been eagerly anticipating this series since I first heard about and then when I read the free prequel, I was hooked! I preordered the first four books. Bonnie is the perfect cozy sleuth. She’s my age (ahem…38) and dealing with so many real-world problems. She felt like someone I would be besties with. I loved that she was so relatable. I was also a fan of her whip-smart comebacks and Southern charm. I saved so many quotes on my Kindle while reading this one. Ms. Lindsey has a knack for snappy one-liners!
With handsome Detective Mason Wright to contend with, Bonnie has her sleuthing work cut out for her. The mystery is deftly written and kept me on my toes. If you are looking for a cozy with heart, I highly recommend Burden of Poof. You won’t be disappointed!