Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Premonition of Murder

Title: A Premonition of Murder
Author: Mary Kennedy
Expected Publication: June 7th 2016 by Berkley
Format: ebook; Paperback, 304 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: My thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.
Series: Dream Club Mystery #3

At least this time they did not fully depend on dreams to solve the mystery - more along the lines of a gentle nudge and filling in the blanks.

In Savannah, Georgia, Taylor and her sister own a small candy shop and when they are not tending to the confection needs of their community and tourists, they are hosting weekly dream club meetings and either through symbolism or prophetic insights solving local mysteries.

Abigail Marchand is a local recluse that only opens up her home, Beaux Reves, for special occasions. Having been caught off guard, Taylor and her sister are invited for tea and hear a tale of premonition. The next thing you know, Taylor and Ali are knee deep in a murder investigation. When family secrets are unveiled, and the bodies start piling up, the women are in over their heads and beginning to wonder how this all tie back to an unsolved murder more than twenty years in the past.

As with most cozies mysteries, there are many parts that are glossed over and the central characters suddenly find themselves as experts in the most esoteric of fields. Side characters are bandied about and red herrings are dropped, but that is ok since the reader catches on quickly as to who the bad guys are.

There is a bit of rehashing of previous books, but I do not feel that the reader would need to start there. Each book is self-explanatory and comes to a complete ending with no big dangling question mark to make sure that you pick-up the next book. The Dream Club Mysteries are not my favorite series, but I do find myself coming back. Maybe it is the food talk, but I do find myself wondering what the Dream Club will be up to next.

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