First Book of the Year 2021 #FirstBook

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It is time for the First Book of the Year! This is one of my favorite things to do each year – I love starting a fresh year with a fresh book. It is a huge decision for me and really sets the tone for my year in reading. Last year was a difficult reading year for me. I think just the overwhelming feeling of everything going on in 2020 really slowed down my reading. I read 31 books – missing my Goodreads goal of 40. But I am hopeful that 2021 is a wonderful year full of lots of good books. Without further ado…my first book of the year for 2021 is….

Tide and Punishment by Bree Baker!
Seaside Café Mysteries Book 3
Poisoned Pen Press • September 24, 2019

In the third book of the popular Seaside Café Mysteries, Tide and Punishment, it’s not all Christmas sweets, tinsel, and wrapping paper. Everly Swan will have to follow a string of clues before it’s too late―because no one dreams of a killer Christmas…

It’s Christmastime in Charm, North Carolina, and while Everly Swan would prefer to focus on decorating her iced tea shop and café for its first holiday season, Great-Aunt Fran has decided to run for mayor against her long-time nemesis. But when the other candidate turns up dead just before the first scheduled debate, all eyes turn to Fran as the suspect with the most obvious motive.

As a rare blizzard threatens to bury all evidence, small-town holiday cheer turns to suspicion and the tension between Everly and the handsome Detective Grady Hays builds. Everly knows her sweet, elderly Aunt Fran couldn’t have murdered anyone, but as she struggles to find the real killer, it begins to seem like this may be the last happy holiday her family will ever have. Can she tie this Christmas mystery up in a bow before it’s too late? This next book in Bree Baker’s cozy mysteries will keep you guessing right up to the end!


Hitting all the sweet-tea spots, this series is:

A delightful Tea Shop and Café Culinary Mystery
The ideal cozy beach read
Perfect for fans of Laura Childs and Kate Carlisle

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Be sure to visit Sheila at Book Journey to check out everyone’s first books! Comment and let me know what you’re reading first in 2021.


2 comments / Add your comment below

  1. My first book, the one I’m currently reading, is LIVE AND LET PIE by Ellie Alexander.

    Happy New Year!

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