A Dash of Death by Michelle Hillen Klump – Book Review


Cosy Mystery

The Plot

⁠Samantha is a freelance reporter who dabbles in mixology and making her own bitters. She is over the moon when she is invited to a meeting of the local historical homes council to serve them up. But, when someone drops dead, she has to draw on her investigative skills to clear her name. ⁠ ⁠

❤️ What I liked about A Dash of Death by Michelle Hillen Klump

✍️ Samantha and her reporting job. Any cosy mystery where the sleuth is a reporter or a writer is a winner. I liked Samantha’s background and her investigative skills. I also felt for her when I read about the case she worked on, which shook her confidence. ⁠

🧴 Homemade bitters. This is a great hobby, and I loved all the different flavours and herbs Samantha was pairing together to create new and unique bitters.⁠

🔍 The mystery. I was intrigued. The culprit is not easy to spot, and there were quite a few red herrings here and there that threw me a bit. ⁠ ⁠

What I wasn’t so sure about

✍️ Samantha and her reporting job. I just was a bit disappointed when she decided not to follow her reporting dream. I guess she liked bitters more than journalism in the end.⁠

🔚 The end. The culprit ad his story were interesting. I just hoped there was something more there: everything happens in the last few pages of the book, leaving you wanting some more.⁠ ⁠

To the score

⭐⭐⭐ 3/5 Blend a dash of friendship, a bit of mystery, garnish with historical houses and stir everything together to get a tasty cosy mystery. Thanks to NetGalley and Fairlight Books for the copy.

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