Red Hot Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele Pariza Wacek
About Red Hot Murder
Red Hot Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
6th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Love-Based Publishing (April 25, 2023)
Digital – 200-250 pages
ASIN : B0BFC7MN2G
Charlie Kingsley’s tea customers have two things in common:
They rave about her teas.
And they have a knack for attracting trouble.
There’s never been a connection between the two … until now.
One night, one of Charlie’s customers passes out, only to wake up to her fiancé dead in her home and have no memory of what happened the night before.
But one thing she DOES remember is drinking a cup of Charlie’s tea.
Charlie knows it wasn’t the tea, but everyone else is suddenly blaming her, so she has no choice but to get to the bottom of this mysterious death.
Charlie Kingsley’s tea business has been attracting more customers and she makes every effort to meet their needs including rush orders. She will even answer their call in the middle of the night and rush to their home when they ask for help. That may change in the future though because when she rushed to Cherry’s home to help her she found the dead body of Cherry’s fiancé and Cherry with no memory of what happened after she drank Charlie’s tea.
With everyone trying to blame the man’s death on Charlie she has no choice but to find out what really happened herself before she loses her business and her freedom.
Charlie is back and finds herself again in hot water and even though she has grown closer to Officer Brandon Wyle she is not going to leave the case in the hands of the police. She again teams up with her friend Pat to get to the truth. Both are strong independent women with a drive to find the truth. Officer Wyle and Charlie’s romantic tension is very evident but is moving at a slow burn due to his job. I must say I enjoy the way this romance is taking its time, it is very refreshing.
We are introduced to an interesting group of friends. Cherry, Lola, Sage, Caleb, Flynn, and the now-deceased Marcus. Charlie suspects them all. The victim had a lot of secrets and so did his friends. I like the way Charlie goes right to them and asks the hard questions to find out who is trying to frame her for their work while trying to clear her client as well. I enjoyed the way the author plotted out this mystery and the way the ending played out. I was very entertained tagging along with Charlie as she filtered through the clues and the moment when they all fell into place.
The stories in this series are set in the 1990s in Redemption, Wisconsin. The town is a unique place where things are not always the way they seem. It has been said the town decides who stays and who goes. Michelle Pariza Wacek writes two series sent in Redemption, this cozy series and one that is psychological suspense. I have not yet ventured into the other series but several are on my TBR list. Charlie was introduced in the other series but the author does an excellent job of introducing her to cozy readers in this series. I also like that each story can be read totally on its own. The core character’s lives move forward but she is careful not to spoil anything in the other mysteries.
Red Hot Murder is another excellent story from Ms. Pariza Wacek and another Perfect Escape. I look forward to visiting Redemption again soon.
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About Michele Pariza Wacek
A USA Today Bestselling, award-winning author, Michele taught herself to read at 3 years old because she wanted to write stories so badly. It took some time (and some detours) but now she does spend much of her time writing stories. Mystery stories, to be exact. They’re clean and twisty, and range from psychological thrillers to cozies, with a dash of romance and supernatural thrown into the mix. If that wasn’t enough, she posts lots of fun things on her blog, including short stories, puzzles, recipes and more, at MPWNovels.com.
Michele grew up in Wisconsin, (hence why all her books take place there), and still visits regularly, but she herself escaped the cold and now lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.
When she’s not writing, she’s usually reading, hanging out with her dog, or watching the Food Network and imagining she’s an awesome cook. (Spoiler alert, she’s not. Luckily for the whole family, Mr. PW is in charge of the cooking.)
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Comments on “Red Hot Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries) by Michele Pariza Wacek #Review / #Giveaway – #greatescapesbooktours @MichelePW”
Sounds like a great read.
Ah, the suspicious tea!