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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Blog Tour, Character Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway for A Curio Killing by Mary Ellen Hughes

Mary Ellen Hughes

            Hi, I’m Callie Reed, and I own House of Melody, the collectible music box shop I inherited from my Aunt Melody. The inheritance was a total shock, partly because my aunt shouldn’t have died so soon. She was murdered. This happened about a year ago and is a whole other story, but that’s what brought me to Keepsake Cove, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Keepsake Cove is filled with all kinds of collectible shops—vintage jewelry, collectible Christmas ornaments, glass figurines, and so much more.
            Inheriting House of Melody and the fairy-tale cottage that sits behind it, besides being an unexpected windfall (under sad circumstances), gave me a nudge to finally break up with my long-time boyfriend, Hank. Hank was a struggling country music musician, and while our relationship was great when I was young and starry-eyed, time cleared my vision, and I was more than ready to move on.
            Things were going great for me in Keepsake Cove, and I’d started dating Brian, who runs the Keepsake CafĂ© across the street. We were taking things slowly, but I could definitely see possibilities for us. Then the Keepsake Cove Spring Festival came up. I was excited for the fun weekend it was going to offer as well as the crowds of shoppers it would bring to the shops. That is, until Hank walked into my shop!
            Hank had joined a new band, which was booked to play at the Spring Festival.
            “Sorry, Babe,” he said, “I meant to let you know.” That was an all-too-familiar refrain: “I meant to do something,” and one of the reasons our relationship went sour. Hank thought his time at the festival meant spending time with me, but I quickly set him straight. I was happy he was in a new band—with a record contract in the works!—but I would be spending time with Brian, not him.
            His new band manager, Bobby Linville, seemed an oily kind of person when I met him, but Hank was thrilled with all the things Bobby claimed he was setting up for the band. Unfortunately, they turned out to be false promises. That was a crushing blow for Hank, and I was truly sorry for him. My sympathy turned into worry when Bobby was found dead on the festival grounds, killed with the small but heavy music box Hank had bought the day before from my shop!
            The bad blood between them, plus the fact that Hank had no alibi, meant he ended up in jail as a suspect with a flight risk. There was no one but me in the area to help him. So what could I do?
            Brian, thankfully, is pretty understanding. I could see it was hard for him, but he helped me as much as he could to uncover the real murderer. I think his attitude was the sooner Hank was proven innocent, the sooner he’d be on his way, which was fine with me, too. I just couldn’t let a man who I knew didn’t have a violent bone in his body be convicted of something he didn’t do.
            The downside of searching for the facts is attracting the attention of a very dangerous person who doesn’t want the truth to come to light. But if it’s important enough, that’s the chance you have to take. And I took it.

About A Curio Killing

Cozy Mystery 3rd in Series  
Setting - Maryland  
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2019)  
Paperback: 264 pages  
ISBN-10: 0738752266  
ISBN-13: 978-0738752266 
Digital ASIN: B07KMX5QY4
Callie finds treble in Keepsake Cove when her ex-boyfriend is framed for murder . . .
Callie Reed is looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival. But her excitement dims considerably when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hank, will be performing with one of the hired country-western bands. Callie vows to keep her distance, but that changes when the band's manager, Bobby Linville, is found dead, killed with the music box Hank bought at Callie's shop.
Hank is soon singing a sad tune in a detention center with Callie his only lifeline. Though thoroughly aware of his many faults, she knows violence and murder aren't in his blood. But that means one of her fellow Keepsake Cove residents must be hiding a dark secret—something Callie desperately needs to uncover.
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

I swear each book in this series is better then the last! Callie is all set for the Spring Festival and excited to just be there to enjoy instead of working this time. At least until her ex shows up out of the blue saying his band is headlining. Things get awkward fast  it when his manager ends up murdered it really gets bad. She feels compelled to help him even if everyone else does not agree or how weird it makes things for her. The mix of murder, characters and shop details is fantastic hitting the perfect mix to really make the reader enjoy the story. The music boxes have to be my favorite and I just love the details that go I to the story about them. A wonderful read that cozy fans will highly enjoy. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

About Mary Ellen Hughes

Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries, the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. The Keepsake Cove series begins with A Fatal Collection and continues with A VINTAGE DEATH and A CURIO KILLING.

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  1. Thank you for your review on "A CURIO KILLING" by Mary Ellen Hughes and for being part of the book tour.

    Enjoyed reading Callie's post and would love to read more about her through the opportunity to read this great sounding book.
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  2. Thank you for hosting me, Books a Plenty, and for the amazing review!