Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
About Burden of Poof
Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
1st in Series
Publisher : Cozy Queen Publishing LLC (September 15, 2021)
Paperback : 254 pages
ISBN-10 : 195487801X
ISBN-13 : 978-1954878013
Digital – ASIN : B08ZL91YMW
An amateur sleuth named Bonnie and her kitty companion Clyde, with names like those, what could possibly go wrong?
Life hasn’t sparkled too brightly for Bonnie Balfour over the past few years, but a heart-breaking divorce has brought her back to her small rural hometown of Bliss, Georgia, and things are starting to shape up.
The proud new owner of Bless Her Heart—a second chance dress shop and boutique on the town square—Bonnie thinks thirty-eight might not be too late for a fresh start in life after all.
Until a grouchy old widow turns up dead in a pile of donations meant for Bonnie’s shop, and the town’s new detective pins her to the top of his suspect list!
To save her shop, dream, and reputation, Bonnie must coordinate clues and stitch together the truth about her innocence, but the unreasonably handsome detective and prying eyes of the local gossip mill are fast fraying her nerves.
When a series of anonymous attacks begin to hem her in, Bonnie fears the real killer is fixing to make her his next victim. Can this amateur sleuth measure up?
Still stinging from her pending divorce Bonnie Balfour has returned home to Bliss Georgia and has opened up Bless Her Heart, a second-hand dress shop and boutique. She is giving items a second chance while she works on giving herself the same with her kitty Clyde by her side. Viola Abbott-Harrington has given Bonnie’s shop a second thought and has dropped by with a big donation of old ball gowns, perfect for the girls attending the upcoming homecoming dance. She even asks Bonnie to stop by her home to pick up even more gowns and accessories. But when she arrives she finds Viola dead at the bottom of the stairs on top of the gowns she was there to pick up.
Detective Mason Wright arrives on the scene, takes a brief look around, and decides Bonnie is his number one suspect. She is not about to give the man one second of a chance to pin anything on her. She decides to stitch all the clues together and prove without a shadow of a doubt that she is innocent and who the real killer is before all her dreams go up in a poof of smoke.
I absolutely love Bonnie and Clyde, the stars of this new cozy mystery series from Julie Anne Lindsey. The author pulled me into this story filled with Southern charm and fabulous characters. Clyde stole my heart immediately and I was thrilled by Bonnie’s sewing talents and her creativity. She certainly doesn’t need a man in her life except for Clyde but it is hard to deny the sparks that fly between her and the good detective from the get-go. Their banter was so much fun to observe. The snarky one-liners were great and funny. I also enjoyed meeting Bonnie’s best friend Cami, that woman has an iron in every fire in the town of Bliss and she is so good for Bonnie. Bonnie needs a push and a shove to get out of her store and enjoy life. We are also introduced to a few of the quirky residents of Bliss and the hint of magic that touches their lives. All of the characters were intriguing in their own way and played necessary roles in the overall story.
Ms. Lindsey has crafted an intelligent mystery with plenty of twists and suspects. Bonnie takes to sleuthing like a kitten to milk. She asks great questions that move the investigation forward although they add more comedic tension between her and Detective Wright. There were some really nice turns and I loved the reveal. I was kept guessing right up to the very end.
The setting of Bliss Georgia was brought to life by the author’s wonderful descriptions. As Bonnie was updating the exterior of her shop I felt like I was right there on the scene. The bookstore was especially interesting for me and I am very excited by the hope of visiting it again. Viola’s home and the square with its wide variety of shops were all places fully described to give readers a real feel for everything Bliss has to offer. It is a great Southern town and I really was drawn to the genuine way people cared for each other.
After finishing most cozy mysteries you have to wait months or even a year for the next installment. That is not true in this case. The next book in the series Seven Deadly Sequins is being released October 15, Beating the Wrap will be released November 15, and Eyelet Witness will be out December 15. I am really excited about the continuation of this series and more adventures with Bonnie and Clyde.
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About Julie Anne Lindsey
Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than forty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books.
When Julie’s not creating new worlds or fostering the epic love of fictional characters, she can be found in Kent, Ohio, enjoying her blessed Midwestern life. And probably plotting murder with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie at julieannelindsey.com
Great Escapes Praise for Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Burden of Poof is a charming Southern cozy mystery with a comforting cat, refashioned frocks, a determined detective, a rapid rumor mill, a caring community, and busybody Bonnie.
~The Avid Reader
I adore this new setting that Lindsey has created. Through her writing, you’ll feel like you’re right in the center of Bliss.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners
From the downhome Southern charm of protagonist, Bonnie Balfour, to her adorable rescue cat, Clyde, to the witty and humorous dialog, Ms. Lindsey pens an entertaining tale.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder
Everything about Burden of Proof was charming. The town of ‘Bliss’ is welcoming and charming. The townsfolk and other shop owners that are introduced make you feel at home and want to visit. Bonnie and her sweet shop were just charming.
~My Reading Journeys
I loved Burden of Poof. The characters, setting, and plot are engaging. The murder isn’t the only theme in the book, giving the book a lot of realism. The book is also full of excellent imagery, character development, and a great story.
~Saph’s Cozy Corner
This series has so much promise and having read other books by this fantastic author I am excited! . . . While I am far from being a fashionista, I have a fondness for vintage clothing, so this setting captured my imagination from the start. I am also a sucker for second chances and fresh starts.
An idyllic town, charming characters, the spark of romance, and a fun mystery make BURDEN OF POOF a great start to a new cozy mystery series.
~Cozy Up With Kathy
. . . a fabulous start to a new cozy mystery series from author Julie Anne Lindsey. . . The mystery is deftly written and kept me on my toes. If you are looking for a cozy with heart, I highly recommend Burden of Poof. You won’t be disappointed!
A page-turner of a mystery, and just when you think you have everything figured out, well, I was surprised by the unexpected.
I loved how the author wrapped this story up, perfect!
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