Review: Dead in the Shop by Dahlia Donovan (Grasmere Cottage Mystery #3)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the publisher via Give Me Books Promotions.
Dying is not an option.
I am not losing Bish.
Okay, I admit it--I'm totally addicted to the Grasmere Cottage Mystery trilogy. I devoured all three books back to back to back, and while I know I had a wee bit of an advantage because I didn't have to suffer through any of the usual stress that cliffhangers bring--hooray for ARCs in a series that are sent all at the same time and for publishers and authors that allow it!--I need to stress that these books were so good that even had I needed to wait between each release, I would have done so. Suffice it to say that this Dahlia Donovan-penned trio is a favorite for this year.
(I'm giving you the same heads-up I did in my review for the second book: There may be spoilers from here on out, so feel free to stop reading altogether or skip all the way down to see my rating for this book and the purchase links!) Dead in the Shop continues the story of long-term boyfriends Valor Scott and Bishan Tamboli. The killer who seems to have some fascination for one or both of them is yet to be caught and the body count is steadily rising. Whoever it is has made it very personal and the number of close calls has Val, Bish, and their nearest and dearest more worried than they'd like to admit. How many more will have to die and is the killer closer than they all think?
I'm purposely keeping this particular review shorter than the first two because this is where the killer and their motives are finally revealed. Kudos once again to the author for keeping me on my proverbial toes with this cozy mystery of hers. Was the killer on my list of suspects? Yes, they were, but they weren't my prime suspect and it took quite a few more deaths--most of them unexpected!--for me to figure out who was behind it all, and well, I came to that conclusion because that person was the last on my list! Not to sound cocky, but more often than not, I figure these things out sooner rather than later, and I was kept guessing here. From Val and Bish to their close-knit circle of trusted family and friends, this fab series won't soon be forgotten. Five-plus stars for Dead in the Shop. ♥
Read my reviews for the Grasmere Cottage Mystery series:
Dead in the Garden (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Dead in the Pond (book two) - five stars - My Review
Dead in the Shop (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 20 October 2018
Date Read: 08 October 2018
Learn more about Dahlia Donovan.