Friday 3 July 2020

Cozy Up To Death (The Cozy Up Series Book 1) by Colin Conway

Cozy Up To Death (The Cozy Up Series Book 1)

A man in hiding.

A gang of outlaws searching for retribution.

This is no time for cupcakes.

Today is Brody Steele’s first day as the new owner of The Red Herring, Pleasant Valley, Maine’s only mystery bookstore. The cute shop has a loyal customer base as well as an ornery cat.

Unfortunately, Brody doesn’t know the first thing about running a legitimate business, he doesn’t want to be in the small town, and he hates cats. On top of all that, he hasn’t read a book since high school.

When a cute woman walks into the store, he thinks his bad luck is about to change. But as she starts asking about the previous owner’s whereabouts, his safe new existence begins to unravel.

For Brody Steele is a man with a secret he must protect at all costs. The U.S. Government has invested a lot to keep it hidden, and his enemies will stop at nothing to expose him.

Does happiness or death await Brody in this charming seaside community?

If you like stories with a solid male lead, wonderfully odd characters, and a troublesome cat, then this book is for you.   (Summary via Goodreads)

Cozy Up to Death by Colin Conway is the perfect book to get lost in.  The story will capture the readers attention immediately and they will be powerless in putting it down.

In Cozy Up to Death readers are hanging around with main character Beau Smith who use to be the bookkeeper for a motorcycle gang but he turned on them to save himself from going to prison.  In exchange for turning on his gang, he has been placed in the witness protection program and moved to Pleasant Valley, Maine where he is now Brody Steele and he is the owner of a mystery book store called The Red Herring.  Being the owner of the bookstore he also "inherited" a cat....

While Brody is trying to get use to his new boring life, he meets a local woman that he falls for instantly.  He also finds out that the previous owner of the bookstore left unexpectedly and a lot of the townspeople want to know why.  After Brody learns more about Alice, the previous owner, he also begins to wonder about her sudden departure and him taking her place.

As Brody gets to know his new town and the people living there, he uncovers some secrets.....some secrets people are willing to kill over......  Can he save himself, the woman he is smitten with and his new town ??

Readers will enjoy getting to know Brody and Pleasant Valley.  There is so much to love about this first book in the Cozy Up series that readers are sure to want to pick up future books.  Conway's ability to draw readers in and hold their attention is off the charts amazing !!  I didn't want the story to end but I wanted to know how it ended......not the worse dilemma to be in.

Review by Missi M.

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