Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review:The Postman Always Dies Twice (Movie Club Mysteries, #2) by Zara Keane

The Postman Always Dies Twice (Movie Club Mysteries, #2)

Postmen. Poltergeists. Poitín.

When former San Francisco cop, Maggie Doyle, extends her stay in Ireland, dealing with more murder and mayhem isn’t on her to-do list. The instant Maggie and her UFO-enthusiast friend discover the dead body of the Whisper Island postman, Maggie’s plans to chill for the next two months are put on ice.

After Police Sergeant Reynolds, Maggie’s handsome neighbor, arrests Lenny’s brother for the murder, her friend begs her to find the real killer. Meanwhile, Maggie is hired to investigate ghostly goings on at the Whisper Island Hotel. Can she solve two crimes before St. Patrick’s Day? Or will the island’s annual celebrations end in a glittery flame of green, white, and orange?


What I thought about
The Postman Always Dies Twice

Maggie continues her adventures on Whisper Island with a new mystery.  She's no longer living with Aunt Noreen, and has taken up residence in a cottage next door to the intriguing Sergeant Liam. Since she's staying a while, a car and a second job are in order, in the form of a junker car from the local used car salesman with a reputation and a job at hotel run by her ex-boyfriend and his wife.

Things really get crazy when Maggie stumbles across an empty van and a body.  Maggie's been warned to stay out of it, but of course, she's not going to. In the meantime, she's hard at work trying to find out who is haunting the hotel.  I liked the ghost subplot, and how her friend Lenny helped her put the pieces together. 

When the body isn't who they thought it was, everything gets complicated, especially for Sergeant Reynolds. It's a good thing he has Maggie to help him solve the mystery. I adore the slow-burn between Maggie and Liam and the scenes between them really sing. 

There are plenty of twists in this book and mystery series, and I was surprised when the culprit(s) were finally revealed.  That's a well crafted mystery, with a very entertaining humorous touch.  I also love the small town setting in this series, and the collection of characters living there.  I think that's something Zara Keane does absolutely beautifully in her books. She creates an entire town of unique, endearing and slightly kooky people that you just want to spend time with.

So, if you like a well crafted mystery with a touch of romance, this might be the book for you. This book can be read standalone, but I'd recommend reading in order.

ARC provided for review.

About the Author

Zara Keane grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but spent her summers in a small town very similar to the fictional Ballybeg.

She currently lives in Switzerland with her family. When she’s not writing or wrestling small people, she drinks far too much coffee, and tries – with occasional success – to resist the siren call of Swiss chocolate.

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