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Murder by Death

I read cozy and historical mysteries, a bit of Paranormal/UF, and to mix it up, I read science and gardening books on occasion.

Murder Ties the Knot (Haunted Souvenir Shop Mystery, #4

Murder Ties the Knot  - Christy Fifield

This one was a bit of an odd duck:  there's a murder mystery, but the MC, Glory, doesn't investigate, there aren't any clues, and there aren't any suspects beyond the two who are falsely accused.  Glory finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time once or twice but it's never used to further the solution to who killed the two men.  Even the last "action-packed" scene didn't solve the mystery; that comes in the aftermath.

 

Most of the story was taken up with Karen's wedding, Sly's long-lost love, and Glory's efforts to build her business.  We get a lot more Bluebeard, too, which is long overdue.

 

I enjoyed this diversion from the typical cozy formula; it probably wouldn't work all the time, but I thought it was a nice change of pace and watching Glory tie up some of the more irritating loose ends of her life gave a sense of satisfaction that would have made up for the lack of amateur sleuthing, had I felt any such lack. 

 

A good cozy.  Bring on more Bluebeard!