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The first book in the Poppy McGuire Mystery Series! Poppy McGuire has always been a curious soul, but it's her life that's usually the topic of conversation in the small town of Sunset Ridge. But now one of the town's most important citizens has been found murdered, and everyone's life is suspect. What begins as a friendly wager with her old friend Officer Derek Hampton The first book in the Poppy McGuire Mystery Series! Poppy McGuire has always been a curious soul, but it's her life that's usually the topic of conversation in the small town of Sunset Ridge. But now one of the town's most important citizens has been found murdered, and everyone's life is suspect. What begins as a friendly wager with her old friend Officer Derek Hampton soon becomes far more for Poppy, and she turns to Alex Montero for help, but the enigmatic former Baltimore cop's quiet way hides as many secrets as each suspect they encounter. Everyone in Sunset Ridge has something to hide, but Poppy and Alex are determined to uncover the identity of the murderer. They just have to watch that they don't become the next victims. Look for the rest of the Poppy McGuire series too! After Hours (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #2) Top of the Hour (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #3) The Darkest Hour (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #4) Happy Hour (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #5)


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The first book in the Poppy McGuire Mystery Series! Poppy McGuire has always been a curious soul, but it's her life that's usually the topic of conversation in the small town of Sunset Ridge. But now one of the town's most important citizens has been found murdered, and everyone's life is suspect. What begins as a friendly wager with her old friend Officer Derek Hampton The first book in the Poppy McGuire Mystery Series! Poppy McGuire has always been a curious soul, but it's her life that's usually the topic of conversation in the small town of Sunset Ridge. But now one of the town's most important citizens has been found murdered, and everyone's life is suspect. What begins as a friendly wager with her old friend Officer Derek Hampton soon becomes far more for Poppy, and she turns to Alex Montero for help, but the enigmatic former Baltimore cop's quiet way hides as many secrets as each suspect they encounter. Everyone in Sunset Ridge has something to hide, but Poppy and Alex are determined to uncover the identity of the murderer. They just have to watch that they don't become the next victims. Look for the rest of the Poppy McGuire series too! After Hours (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #2) Top of the Hour (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #3) The Darkest Hour (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #4) Happy Hour (Poppy McGuire Mysteries #5)

30 review for The Eleventh Hour

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lou

    I have always loved mysteries. I must have been a detective in my past life (I wish!) But in this life, I totally sucked at it. I love to discover mystery books. It keeps my mind busy with all the clues and whodunnit. I found this series by chance and I am so glad I did. It has been years since there's a murder in Sunset Ridge. But one day, a woman has been found strangled in her own home. The police thought it's just a robbery gone wrong but Poppy Mcguire thinks differently. I really like Poppy I have always loved mysteries. I must have been a detective in my past life (I wish!) But in this life, I totally sucked at it. I love to discover mystery books. It keeps my mind busy with all the clues and whodunnit. I found this series by chance and I am so glad I did. It has been years since there's a murder in Sunset Ridge. But one day, a woman has been found strangled in her own home. The police thought it's just a robbery gone wrong but Poppy Mcguire thinks differently. I really like Poppy and her relationship with her dad. But mainly Poppy's character. So, on to the next book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cristine

    Wow, this book is so bad!!! I feel bad to say this but besides it being 100% predictable from the start and everything that happens throughout you've seen in every B rated mystery, it is so badly written. From the editing, to the "character development", to the story, to the absolute ridiculousness of the entire thing.... Where should I start? The editing... Did anyone actually edit this novel? There are so many stupid mistakes and typos it's as though it never made it to editing and went straig Wow, this book is so bad!!! I feel bad to say this but besides it being 100% predictable from the start and everything that happens throughout you've seen in every B rated mystery, it is so badly written. From the editing, to the "character development", to the story, to the absolute ridiculousness of the entire thing.... Where should I start? The editing... Did anyone actually edit this novel? There are so many stupid mistakes and typos it's as though it never made it to editing and went straight to print. Here are just a few examples because there are too many to list: "Maybe it a ring?" instead of it was or it is; "Mrs. Joseph Scanlon, whose first name I had never..." and in the next sentence uses the wrong name "Married to James Scanlon for nearly forty years"...Really what happened to Mrs. Joseph..? Next: "but then what she’d said about the former mayor hit me light a bolt of lightning". Errr, don't you mean LIKE a bolt of lightning? Then: "I like this look on your, Poppy" instead of on you, Poppy. Then: "Everyone texts and emails anymore" - um what? "I saw the same handwriting on note right on his desk" errr on a note or the note. OK you get the point right? RIDICULOUS! As for the story, it sounded like a plot geared more towards little kids. Poppy is truly the most annoying character that has ever appeared in a novel. The idea is for her to come across as intelligent and ambitious but she is actually not intelligent and is simply foolish and whiney. There were so many pointless dialogues between her and her father, her and her friend, Bethany, which I guess was to create some character development but it was beyond pointless and so irrelevant. There is a part where the dialogue between I think her and Bethany is literally a summary of what occurred in a previous portion of the book. It could have been easily summer up "I explained to Bethany everything that happened bla bla bla". Poppy's idiotic tantrums of wahhh everyone has an opinion of me in a small town or wahhh how dare the detective tell me it was safer for me not to come along to a murder investigation down to the scene with the murderer where she literally said to stop bashing women and was upset that the town would believe a reputable detective over her idiot self while a gun is pointed at them, were so absolutely stupid. I mean, really, so ridiculous. Oh yea and how about her letting the murderer into the house because oh, she couldn't recognize the voice from someone else. Wow! Oh wait, let's not forget just how amazing Alex's eyes are. You know how you know this? Because it's mentioned a thousand times in the novel which makes it truly sound like a teenager is the main character and this book was written for or by a teenager...his dreamy brown eyes, his deep brown eyes, those big brown eyes, those mysterious brown eyes, his amazing brown eyes.. OMG....I don't think I've ever hated a character so much in a novel as I did Poppy. All her little outbursts when Alex is trying to do his job as an actual investigator make Poppy appear as a weak, whiney, erratic child, instead of an intelligent, focused, woman with good instincts as she allegedly was to have. Man, I can go on and on but I never want to think of this book again. I only finished it to satisfy one of the last prompts on my reading challenge list. I don't think this is considered a YA series from what I could find but if this is geared towards adults and adults actually like this then I have to assume there is a certain audience for this type of novel and I definitely am not it. Glad other people are able to get passed the poor writing and like it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    Learning the basics Learning detective work is best done with a professional Poppy learns. Exciting and suspenseful with a strong plot and very surprising conclusion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    “The Eleventh Hour” earns 5/5 “I Didn't See That Coming” Reactions! Hearing an early morning police siren may not be alarming to most, but for Sunset Ridge and Poppy McGuire it is not a common occurrence. This small town is an envy where doors often go unlocked, neighbors know each other’s business, and murder hasn’t happened in decades. So when the ‘gossip’ warp-speeds around the community about Geneva Woodward being strangled in her home, everyone is on edge. Poppy is known to have a curious ‘n “The Eleventh Hour” earns 5/5 “I Didn't See That Coming” Reactions! Hearing an early morning police siren may not be alarming to most, but for Sunset Ridge and Poppy McGuire it is not a common occurrence. This small town is an envy where doors often go unlocked, neighbors know each other’s business, and murder hasn’t happened in decades. So when the ‘gossip’ warp-speeds around the community about Geneva Woodward being strangled in her home, everyone is on edge. Poppy is known to have a curious ‘nose,’ a characteristic of her journalistic nature, and her father warned her to steer clear of Police Chief Dominick Hampton. But she knows she can take care of herself, including using Detective Derek Hampton, his younger brother, to gain inside information. Although their theories are not the same, Poppy thinks she can uncover the truth before the police…a challenge? But, will that put her in danger? I am new to Anina Collins’ Poppy Mcguire Mysteries, but right away, starting with book 1, I liked the style of writing, first-person narrative, and introduction to a delightful and endearing father/daughter dynamic. My favorite setting is a small town with a close-knit community and characters that offer realistic qualities, and Collins delivered. The storyline seems to focus a lot of time on the interactions and banter between Poppy and Alex, former cop, Poppy and her father, and long-time issues between Poppy and the Hampton brothers, but beyond that there were ample clues that fed my inner ’Sherlock.’ But, the ending…gave me a real shock! Anina’s characters seem well defined, developing throughout the story, and their vulnerabilities add realism to the story. I was very engaged in the story, but more engaged with the people…this was a great book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna del C. Dye

    The Poppy Mcguire Serie…The Eleventh Hour, is a really imaginative mystery that is entertaining and a great beginning to a mystery series. I enjoyed the reading and the tale. The twists and characters seem good and real. I would have enjoyed it even better if it was a bit more polish. Some repetitions and a few extra words here and there slowed down the reading a touch. Still I have a great time reading the Poppy Mcguire Serie…The Eleventh Hour. All and all it is good beginning story for a begin The Poppy Mcguire Serie…The Eleventh Hour, is a really imaginative mystery that is entertaining and a great beginning to a mystery series. I enjoyed the reading and the tale. The twists and characters seem good and real. I would have enjoyed it even better if it was a bit more polish. Some repetitions and a few extra words here and there slowed down the reading a touch. Still I have a great time reading the Poppy Mcguire Serie…The Eleventh Hour. All and all it is good beginning story for a beginning author. I hope to see more from this author providing the books are a bit more edit Poppy Mcguire is a thirty something single woman living in an old fashion town who frown upon it. She has a nose to find details that the police over look and has a great instinct about people. When the murder of a wealthy woman shakes her sleepy town, everyone looks up to her to find who did it. All is well with the investigation until the past and future collides and she and her new friend are stuck in the middle. Old crushes, new friends and a killer that could be any of them are mingled and crossed through the pages of this tale.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    2 and a half stars for this first in series. I felt confused as I started this book. It felt like it was second in series, not first in series. Even with character development going on, I felt like there were things I needed or should know, but didn't. One of the town's rich ladies has been found strangled. Police surmise it was a robbery gone bad, but Poppy doesn't believe it. The police allow her to investigate. Along the way, she teams up with Alex, a retired Baltimore cop, and together they i 2 and a half stars for this first in series. I felt confused as I started this book. It felt like it was second in series, not first in series. Even with character development going on, I felt like there were things I needed or should know, but didn't. One of the town's rich ladies has been found strangled. Police surmise it was a robbery gone bad, but Poppy doesn't believe it. The police allow her to investigate. Along the way, she teams up with Alex, a retired Baltimore cop, and together they investigate, keeping the police informed. So aside from the premise of the police allowing her to investigate, it felt like the town folk were painted as buffoons. Alex pulls a gun on Poppy at one point. Never explained his anger issue, why he pulled the gun, and then later why he was so listless. Seems to me he has a serious depression issue. And Poppy is so fixated on one single suspect. The ending was really silly, I won't say why because of spoilers, but needless to say, not happening in real life. Won't continue the series. I gave it an extra half star because it was a good try.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    Lots of likable characters and suspense too once I figured out whodunit. I was pretty sure I knew who it was early on, but once some clues started showing up, I was sure but not about any reasons. I really liked Alex a lot. He was perfect for sleuthing with Poppy, since neither of them had dating expectations. Poppy's dad was great too. Shelly, a neighbor to the woman murdered was some piece of work, and those society ladies were a little hard to keep sorted as far as characters, but the story w Lots of likable characters and suspense too once I figured out whodunit. I was pretty sure I knew who it was early on, but once some clues started showing up, I was sure but not about any reasons. I really liked Alex a lot. He was perfect for sleuthing with Poppy, since neither of them had dating expectations. Poppy's dad was great too. Shelly, a neighbor to the woman murdered was some piece of work, and those society ladies were a little hard to keep sorted as far as characters, but the story was strong and compelled me to keep reading. I have the next book, so I'll want to read it at some point.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Doris Murray

    Totally enjoyed reading this mystery. Totally need more, have to read the entire series. Can't remember when I had read a book that held my interest the way this one has. It has all the emotions needed to peek one's desire to read more of the series. Anina Collins, author, description of the town, the people who live there, makes you feel like you are part of the community and the mystery. Anina Collins deserves the 5-Star rating and personally can't wait to read all Poppy McGuire series and any Totally enjoyed reading this mystery. Totally need more, have to read the entire series. Can't remember when I had read a book that held my interest the way this one has. It has all the emotions needed to peek one's desire to read more of the series. Anina Collins, author, description of the town, the people who live there, makes you feel like you are part of the community and the mystery. Anina Collins deserves the 5-Star rating and personally can't wait to read all Poppy McGuire series and any of Ms Collins other books.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I am usually willing to give the debut books in a series a bit of time and room until the author finds his or her stride, but this was just painful to read. The author has created a town of fools so Poppy, the main character, seems smart by contrast. I took note of the publisher as I think a good editor could have improved the quality of the writing, and I will not be purchasing from this publisher again.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Harmony

    At least it was free. I wanted to like Poppy and Alex. I really did. I wanted to like Derek. I wanted to like Poppy's dad. Somehow, they all just felt off to me. Maybe the fact that I had to try so hard to like them? I had some serious issues with this book. I'm confused about this whole "partnership" that Poppy has with Alex. She's not a detective. She's not a police officer. She's not even a meter maid on the force. She's a reporter who writes a society column for a small town paper! That she k At least it was free. I wanted to like Poppy and Alex. I really did. I wanted to like Derek. I wanted to like Poppy's dad. Somehow, they all just felt off to me. Maybe the fact that I had to try so hard to like them? I had some serious issues with this book. I'm confused about this whole "partnership" that Poppy has with Alex. She's not a detective. She's not a police officer. She's not even a meter maid on the force. She's a reporter who writes a society column for a small town paper! That she kept calling herself a detective and talking about how this was her first case was insane. That her father would be OK with her putting herself in danger because "it's just like her mother who was also curious" made me roll my eyes. I didn't feel any connection between Poppy and Alex. I thought the book had promise till Alex was introduced. He came off as boorish, rude, depressed, and with severe anger issues. After he was introduced, Poppy became this immature and shrewish woman who kept doing things that planted her firmly in the too-stupid-to-live category. She had more of a connection with Derek than Alex. Too bad the author went out of her way to pain Derek as some sort of idiot. From the descriptions, Poppy acting like a detective on the force and Alex's partner continues throughout this series. We are expected to suspend belief when it comes to cozy mysteries and the characters sticking their noses where they don't belong. It's the author's job to make this so interesting that we are willing to believe it. This author failed to do that. In no universe will I ever be able to accept a character calling herself a detective on a case when she's neither of those things. I won't be reading any more books in this series. (view spoiler)[I especially don't want to read how Alex hooks up with Bethany who then is killed by the same guy who killed his wife. WTAF is that crap? Poppy is third hand goods to him? I would never buy a romance between these two after he hooks up with her BFF! (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    First book in a series and I will definitely be reading more. It came across a little formulaic in that the small town journalist solves the case before the police. But, it is still an enjoyable read with some good characters. Geneva Woodward is found strangled in her home and when Poppy and her friend Derek, the police detective talk about the case, they decide to place a bet to see who can solve the case first. Yes, we know that won’t happen in real life, but this is a work of fiction and it’s First book in a series and I will definitely be reading more. It came across a little formulaic in that the small town journalist solves the case before the police. But, it is still an enjoyable read with some good characters. Geneva Woodward is found strangled in her home and when Poppy and her friend Derek, the police detective talk about the case, they decide to place a bet to see who can solve the case first. Yes, we know that won’t happen in real life, but this is a work of fiction and it’s entertaining. The dynamic between Alex, the former Police Officer and Poppy is good, making for an enjoyable read that you don’t really want to put down. When secrets are uncovered and the killer is revealed, you get a sense that their little community can heal and move forward, at least until the next crime and Poppy can use her investigative skills again. The writing is good, a little long at times when it comes to conversations between Alex and Poppy, but not so long that you want to skip scenes. There were no issues with editing or proofreading, making this book an enjoyable mystery with a small element of romance.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pat M

    The first book in a new series. Poppy McGuire has a job for a small town paper but her real passion is to investigate stuff. When a prominent lady is found murdered in her home, Poppy being right there, decides she’s going to investigate the murder. Her childhood friend Derek Hampton police officer, makes a wager with her that he will solve the murder before her. She learns of a former police officer who has retired and moved to Sunset Ridge, who she thinks may want to help her investigating thi The first book in a new series. Poppy McGuire has a job for a small town paper but her real passion is to investigate stuff. When a prominent lady is found murdered in her home, Poppy being right there, decides she’s going to investigate the murder. Her childhood friend Derek Hampton police officer, makes a wager with her that he will solve the murder before her. She learns of a former police officer who has retired and moved to Sunset Ridge, who she thinks may want to help her investigating this crime. After a few first encounters that go sideways, they agree to work together. Poppy thinks she can learn a lot from Alex Montero and he thinks she has good instincts. As they dig into the lives of the townspeople, they discover this murder appears to have some roots in another place from decades ago. I found this a well written story with little if any errors and the characters interesting. I gave it 5 stars.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    The death of a “royal” from old money leaves a small town in shock. Though not liked by any residents, Geneva is the first murder victim in over a decade. I enjoyed watching Poppy learn investigative tips and tricks from a highly knowledgeable retired Baltimore detective. Sparks flew between the two the first time they met, and then he second time. The third was a much needed peace offering. The identification of the murderer is obvious. The paper trail leads in one direction. The problem is gett The death of a “royal” from old money leaves a small town in shock. Though not liked by any residents, Geneva is the first murder victim in over a decade. I enjoyed watching Poppy learn investigative tips and tricks from a highly knowledgeable retired Baltimore detective. Sparks flew between the two the first time they met, and then he second time. The third was a much needed peace offering. The identification of the murderer is obvious. The paper trail leads in one direction. The problem is getting Alex to see it. I enjoyed reading this story. The ending leads to a natural opening of future cases to be solved by both Poppy and Alex.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nezha

    I didn't like the writing style so much. The twist was OK. Bruh. Poppy and Alex were kinda cute but nothing exciting and cringey at times. Many things just didn't seem "real", i felt like someone was shitting on me. ???. Really disappointed as i spent hours and hours basically trying too hard to finish it and man... i wish i had let go of it. One star for the plot which was 5/10 and the other star for a couple of funny moments. I hate myself for saying this, but deadass, Detective PoPpy??? What I didn't like the writing style so much. The twist was OK. Bruh. Poppy and Alex were kinda cute but nothing exciting and cringey at times. Many things just didn't seem "real", i felt like someone was shitting on me. ???. Really disappointed as i spent hours and hours basically trying too hard to finish it and man... i wish i had let go of it. One star for the plot which was 5/10 and the other star for a couple of funny moments. I hate myself for saying this, but deadass, Detective PoPpy??? What kind of name is this lol. Quite of me to say this, but i had to. Also, Poppy was quite immature for her age. Ugh. Waste of time or maybe the book just was NOT for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    I was pulled in from the start and I had a hard time putting this book down. The story line was full of suspense, mystery and great characters. The small town vibe was so spot on. Anything and everything that happens in a small town spreads like wildfire just as described in this book. Poppy was a great lead. I liked her honesty, her genuine kindness and her ability for figuring things out. Alex was a good partner. He has his demons, but he seems to be working them out. A great add to your tbr l I was pulled in from the start and I had a hard time putting this book down. The story line was full of suspense, mystery and great characters. The small town vibe was so spot on. Anything and everything that happens in a small town spreads like wildfire just as described in this book. Poppy was a great lead. I liked her honesty, her genuine kindness and her ability for figuring things out. Alex was a good partner. He has his demons, but he seems to be working them out. A great add to your tbr list.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Perry

    Fun mystery I enjoyed this book a lot. The interaction between characters was very believable and at times humorous. Poppy is a smart and sassy woman who is not afraid to live life her own way even though many of the ladies in town feel like she is doing it all wrong. Alex is still mourning the loss of his wife and yet seems to want to move on. The partnership formed between Poppy and Alex is unlikely in many ways but works so very well. I enjoyed the interactions between them immensely and can't Fun mystery I enjoyed this book a lot. The interaction between characters was very believable and at times humorous. Poppy is a smart and sassy woman who is not afraid to live life her own way even though many of the ladies in town feel like she is doing it all wrong. Alex is still mourning the loss of his wife and yet seems to want to move on. The partnership formed between Poppy and Alex is unlikely in many ways but works so very well. I enjoyed the interactions between them immensely and can't wait for the next installment.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    When one of the towns most prominent citizen is murdered, Poppy makes a bet with her friend Officer Derek that she can find the murderer before the police do. But after doing some digging it seems like everyone in Sunset Ridge has secrets. When it seems to be getting out of her hands, Poppy turns to retired Baltimore detective Alex for help. But does he have his own secrets that might get in the way. Together can they find the clues they need to find the murderer. Well written cozy with interestin When one of the towns most prominent citizen is murdered, Poppy makes a bet with her friend Officer Derek that she can find the murderer before the police do. But after doing some digging it seems like everyone in Sunset Ridge has secrets. When it seems to be getting out of her hands, Poppy turns to retired Baltimore detective Alex for help. But does he have his own secrets that might get in the way. Together can they find the clues they need to find the murderer. Well written cozy with interesting characters and explosive ending. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara George

    Primer crime Poppy writes fluff but dreams of being a crime reporter until she's up against murder. The characters are fairly good but some of the details are weak. Like no cop asked the neighbors if they saw anything after a woman was killed next door? The new man in town at times appears mean or manic depressive but suddenly sees the light because poppy is just so real. I'd say this reads like book 1 and I could try a second one. Nice ending. Easy to read. Primer crime Poppy writes fluff but dreams of being a crime reporter until she's up against murder. The characters are fairly good but some of the details are weak. Like no cop asked the neighbors if they saw anything after a woman was killed next door? The new man in town at times appears mean or manic depressive but suddenly sees the light because poppy is just so real. I'd say this reads like book 1 and I could try a second one. Nice ending. Easy to read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    JO GIBBS

    Handsome New Guy Poppy is excited to work with Alex, the new guy in town. He was a former police detective in Baltimore and has retired in Sunset Ridge. Derek, the policeman in town , has asked Alex to Help him with a strange murder.. Poppy talks her way onto the investigative team and finds herself in great danger. This book is adventurous and enjoyable. You Will be glad You read it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erynn

    I tried, I really did. Maybe I will try again in the future, but I doubt it. The writing put me off what I assume would have been an otherwise wonderful read. So many sentences were crammed with too much information when it would have been far more effective to split it up. Some of the sentences were far too awkward for me. I'm glad others seemed to have enjoyed this book. Sadly, it just didn't do it for me. I tried, I really did. Maybe I will try again in the future, but I doubt it. The writing put me off what I assume would have been an otherwise wonderful read. So many sentences were crammed with too much information when it would have been far more effective to split it up. Some of the sentences were far too awkward for me. I'm glad others seemed to have enjoyed this book. Sadly, it just didn't do it for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Cox

    Great start to a series! I stumbled across this as a freebie from somewhere. Sometimes with freebies you can’t get past the first couple chapters.... This was a wonderful surprise! I admit I am extra drawn to the characters because I was born and raised in Baltimore but even if I wasn’t I would still enjoy and recommend this book. I cannot wait to read the next one... good thing about being late on getting started, I don’t have to 😉

  22. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    I was asked to read this story by Anina Collins, I really enjoyed learning about the characters and Poppy was very likable and so was the new man in her life, even if they only think they will be partners, Anina Collins kept me interested and I know it was a cozy mystery but it was more in depth then most of them. I will read the next one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stillgrowing

    There is absolutely nothing I find more frustrating in a book than errors. Spelling errors, grammar errors and complete words missing from sentences. This book is rife with them. Unfortunately it makes the story, no matter the quality, forgettable. I will not be continuing with this author or the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul Hefka

    Entertaining. This book was one of my random selections. I have to admit that I enjoyed it more than I expected. The story and characters were intriguing and engaging. The book end before I was ready. I look forward to reading more about these characters. This book is definitely worth reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Schildman

    Real cozy Didn't know the murderer until a little more than 50% Thur the book. No clue about the "why". Some funny lines, cozy, gentle, slightly hidden romance. Sounds like the beginning of a cozy mystery series Real cozy Didn't know the murderer until a little more than 50% Thur the book. No clue about the "why". Some funny lines, cozy, gentle, slightly hidden romance. Sounds like the beginning of a cozy mystery series

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    There has been a murder in the small town of Sunset Ridge. Poppy McGuire believing that she is more intelligent that the police decides to investigate with the help of a retired Baltimore detective. Couldn't take to the characters especially Poppy but as I finished the book it gets 2 stars. There has been a murder in the small town of Sunset Ridge. Poppy McGuire believing that she is more intelligent that the police decides to investigate with the help of a retired Baltimore detective. Couldn't take to the characters especially Poppy but as I finished the book it gets 2 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mickey Noel

    Great stuff! I loved it! This terrific story is the beginning of a new favorite series! Strong female lead, good suspenseful build-up and some probable romance, keep the pages turning. Well done!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Another great Poppy McGuire read. Well written mystery with all of the twists and turns you could want. Follow Poppy and new acquaintance Alex as they look into the murder together. Be ready for a big surprise! Highly recommend!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharie Breihan-Groot

    Good characters and story Poppy is a pip, Alex is a dream, Derek is a doll...but who dun'nit is the question. Great story development, fun and scary characters with several twists and turns, thought I had it figured out half way thru, but not so...had me fooled. Such fun! Good characters and story Poppy is a pip, Alex is a dream, Derek is a doll...but who dun'nit is the question. Great story development, fun and scary characters with several twists and turns, thought I had it figured out half way thru, but not so...had me fooled. Such fun!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rita

    What an interesting and wonderful story. I love the story about an amateur sleuth and an experienced detective. The story in very interesting and the characters are great. They don’t always see eye to eye but they definitely catch the bad guy. I highly recommend this book.

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