Review: A Nip of Murder by Carol Miller

 

Title: A Nip of Murder {A Moonshine Mystery #2}

Author: Carol Miller

Published: Minotaur Books December 2014

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Status: Read from December 08 to 10, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

A Nip of Murder is the second book in Carol Miller’s Moonshine Mystery series. Set in rural Virginia, it features Daisy ‘Ducky’ McGovern, a former waitress at the H&P Diner, which she now part owns and has converted into a bakery. Business is good, especially with the daily patronage of a group of geocacher’s in town, but strangers also mean trouble. When three men break into Sweetie Pies, Daisy’s baker, Brenda, is forced to defend herself and one of the men ends up dead while the others flee with ninety pounds of cream cheese. The motive for the robbery is inexplicable and Daisy, who doesn’t have much faith in the local deputy’s ability to solve the mystery, decides to do some sleuthing of her own.

There is yet another strange local theft, and murder, while Daisy follows the evidence to a local ‘nip’ joint (a hidden bar selling moonshine), and then deep into the Appalachian mountains, all while planning a bridal shower and creating a red velvet wedding cake on short notice for Rick’s brother, Bobby and his bride to be, one of the geocacher organisers.

The well paced mystery is complex but not overly complicated and the motive of the thieves and the killer are not easily guessed. There are a number of red herrings to distract and a neat twist waiting at the end for the unwary.

I like the characters who offer a mix of eccentric southern charm. The storyline continues to highlight the complicated relationship between Daisy and Rick. A gun-toting moonshiner whose actions often put him on the wrong side of the law, Rick is an enigmatic character. He and Daisy, who have known each other all their lives, spar like enemies but there is a simmering attraction that Daisy tries hard to ignore.

A Nip of Murder is an enjoyable cozy mystery, it’s not essential to read Murder and Moonshine first but I would recommend it.

Available to Purchase From

Minotaur Books I AmazonUS I BookDepository I Indiebound

in Australia: via Booko

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. readerbuzz
    Dec 16, 2014 @ 22:39:39

    I really need to see if Rabbit Hayes is available here. Thank you!

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