Murder by the Seaside by Julie Anne Lindsey – Review

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Murder by the Seaside by Julie Anne Lindsey – ReviewMurder by the Seaside by Julie Anne Lindsey
Series: Patience Price Mysteries #1
Also in this series: Murder Comes Ashore, Murder in Real Time
Published by Cozy Queen Publishing LLC on January 8, 2022
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 300
Format: eARC, Kindle Book
Source: Amazon, the author
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four-stars
one-flame

Sun, Sand and … Murder?

Downsized from the FBI’s human resources department on the Virginia mainland, Patience Price is setting up shop as a Counselor at Large in her quirky island town. And she’s making the best of her reinvention, until a high school boyfriend is accused of murder, and his determined mama wants Patience to save his hide.

Local golden boy, Adrian Davis, once crushed Patience’s teenage heart, and now he needed her help? She can’t help offering a chef’s kiss to Karma.

Not that Patience holds a grudge.

Reluctantly, she agrees to look into the case, with the help of a hunky former coworker, but what she finds will rock their coastal community to its core, and put Patience on a lurking killer’s hitlist.

Also by this author: Murder Comes Ashore, Murder in Real Time

My Review

It’s no secret that Julie Anne Lindsey is one of my favorite authors. When I had the opportunity to read a revamped ARC of Murder by the Seaside for the re-release, I jumped at the chance.

Murder by the Seaside is the first Patience Price mystery. It’s more of a traditional mystery and would not be considered cozy. There was definitely a romantic element – well, two – wrapped up in the story. There was more danger and criminal activity and details than a cozy. I really enjoyed this book. I did figure out whodunit shortly before the reveal, but loved seeing it play out.

The mystery was intense and kept me reading. There were so many times I laughed out loud. I really liked that things I love so much about Julie Anne’s books were present even in her first book: humor, romance, and a believable mystery. While you can tell this is an early book (as her writing talent is more defined now after nearly 50 more books under her belt), it still had those things that make her an auto-buy author for me. I can’t wait to read the next Patience Price book!

I received an early ARC and also borrowed the book on Kindle Unlimited to read. My opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

About Julie Anne Lindsey

Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than forty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books.

When Julie’s not creating new worlds or fostering the epic love of fictional characters, she can be found in Kent, Ohio, enjoying her blessed Midwestern life. And probably plotting murder with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie at julieannelindsey.com.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-stars

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