Author: Genevieve Essig
Series: A Cassie Gynne Mystery #1
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 340
Date of Publication: January 14, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
The year is 1883 and Cassie Gynne has just arrived in Florida from New York after her father's death and is about to meet her aunt Flora. Not quite prepared to find the dead body of Peanut Runkles, Cassie is further shocked to find that due to previous quarrels between Flora and Peanut, not only is Flora a prime suspect, she is immediately jailed. Cassie may not know her aunt, but she depends on her gut feeling that her aunt is innocent, and vows to do whatever she can to prove that.
Cassie sticks her nose in whenever and wherever she can, even to the point of sneaking about Peanut's residence. Upon so doing, she finds a curious note in a hidden drawer of his. Could this be the clue she needs to prove her aunt's innocence and be the one to solve the crime? At the same time, how will Cassie avoid the dangerous pitfalls of asking one too many questions? Then considering that the victim had run-ins with more than a few people keep Cassie quite busy, even if it means clashing with those responsible for solving this case at hand.
All while Cassie is working on this, she is also trying to fit into the role of a lady, donning appropriate fashion. This makes this cozy mystery all that more enjoyable. There was a very light flow to this enjoyable story, especially considering how Cassie met her aunt for the very first time.
What an engaging read to what promises to be quite an enjoyable new series. Meeting Cassie definitely made it easy for me. She is more than likeable, as is her aunt Flora. The fact that they both loved animals and that there was an adorable kitten along for the ride only added to the delightful charm this book had.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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