When I first read the blurb for Something Borrowed, Something Bleu I was intrigued. A cryptic suicide note delivered two decades late and a mission to find what had happened. Who wouldn't want to know more?
Sophie Mae Reynolds is busy with her homemade bath product business and preparing to marry the love of her life, Det. Barr Armbrose. Her biggest worry is trying to keep her mother, Anna Belle Watson, from interfering in the wedding arrangements. Sophie wants simple, Anna Belle has other plans.
A frantic early morning call from Anna Belle has Sophie returning to her hometown of Spring Creek, CO. Seems Anna Belle has just received a suicide note from Sophie’s brother, Bobby Lee, who hung himself 18 years ago. The letter had been addressed to Bobby Lee’s girlfriend at the time, Tabby Atwood. Sophie’s Mom received it marked “Return to Sender.”
When Sophie arrives in Spring Creek she goes to visit Tabby, who is now married to Joe Bines, Bobby Lee’s best friend. The Bines operate a dairy and Tabby gives cheese making lessons.
As Sophie begins to make inquires about the events prior to her brother’s death, she uncovers more questions than answers. A murder occurs and Sophie believes it’s related to her brother’s death or at least the events surrounding his suicide, as well as two cold case deaths.
There are just enough surprises along the way to keep you guessing until the truth is revealed in a climatic heart-pounding conclusion. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as Sophie comes face to face with the killer and finally finds why her brother killed himself.
Something Borrowed, Something Bleu is the fourth installment in the Home Crafting Mystery Series, but is a stand alone book. Having not read the previous books in the series I wasn’t left out in the dark wondering about something that had happened in the other books. But after discovering Sophie and her trait for solving mysteries, I’ll be looking for the other three books in the series.
Author Cricket McRae gives readers a fast pace, smooth flowing story filled with helpful cheese making tips and delicious menus. For those bitten by the cheese bug, there are complete cheese making recipes on the author’s website (http://www.cricketmcrae.com)
Once you begin reading Something Borrowed, Something Bleu, it’ll be hard to put it down, except maybe to reach for a piece of cheese and a cracker, and quickly return to see what Sophie’s got herself into now.
Cricket McRae blogs at Hearth Cricket and her website is www.cricketmcrae.com
Something Borrowed, Something Bleu by Cricket McRae, Midnight Ink, @2010, ISBN: 978-0-7387-1996-2, Paperback, 278 pages
FTC Full Disclosure - This book was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.