Mystery at Breezy Bay
Author of a cosy Mystery
Mystery at Breezy Bay
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When Emma Everett arrives in Breezy Bay on Vancouver Island, all she wants to do is forget about Hunter, the man who broke her heart, and start a new life helping her sister Amanda launch her bed and breakfast. Emma finds the best way to escape the pain of her past relationship is by hunting truffles with Amanda’s faithful German Shepherds, King and Flare.
One day, while Emma is out searching for the delicate fungi on the local trail, King unearths not the hoped-for truffles but a body. When Constable Logan Wilson shows up on the scene, Emma thinks she has found an ally in the handsome cop, but his partner, Constable Brendan, isn’t so sure of Emma’s innocence.
To help restore a sense of community after the grisly discovery, Amanda begins to plan The First Annual Breezy Bay Truffle Festival. But days later, when prominent citizen Trinity Wheeler falls from the same trail down an embankment and dies, Emma is there to witness it. This causes further suspicion in Constable Brendan’s mind.
All plans to forget her old life fail when Hunter shows up in town to help his grieving uncle come to terms with Aunt Trinity’s untimely death. But something isn’t right about the way that Trinity died, and Emma saw something she can’t easily put out of her mind.
As the Breezy Bay Truffle Festival nears, the truffiers become the target of those who would cause malice, and Emma is running out of time to prove her innocence and, more importantly, to find out who has committed the murders and why.
Top review from United Kingdom
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 January 2022
This debut release provides a wonderful new addition to the amateur-sleuthing world.
Emma, who loves to be with her sister's German Shepherds more than with people, is being framed for murder. Then multiple murders. A newcomer-scapegoat all-in-one get-out clause for the real murderer, perhaps?
Armed with only the dogs, her sister, and a lawyer friend, Emma must search for the real culprit so she can prove her innocence. Because even the swoon-worthy policeman (who she has fallen in love with) suspects her of murder...
Although this book could stand as complete on its own - as it answers all the questions it poses - I am very pleased to say that the author assures me there will be more adventures for the crew in Breezy Bay.
[I was given a copy of this book to read in advance in exchange for my honest review. As with any murder-mystery, there is an element of 'leave reality at the door'. There were also a few places where the Canadian didn't directly translate into the British. I took a bit of a gamble being an ARC reviewer for this book as, between them, these twin difficulties had the potential to ruin the story for me BUT THEY DIDN'T. I only stumbled twice, both quite early on, and (from email exchanges with the author) both stumbling blocks appear to be 'common-in-Canada, strange-in-Britain' things. Therefore I say: GSD stands for German Shepherd Dog, formerly known as Alsatians in the UK; and a Canadian person walks *their* dogs, regardless of who actually owns the dogs (eg neighbour, friend, sister). Also, truffles are a big thing in parts of Canada, and part of the local culture at all levels of society in those areas.]
Bev has read many mystery novels and felt the need to write a mystery novel set in Canada.
She shares many professional endeavours with the main character Emma, including website development, computers and dog training, including hunting for truffles.
Breezy Bay is a fictional town on Vancouver Island made up of many areas.
Bev has written some dog training blogs and one on this site.
"Very few of us are what we seem."