Book Review: Sun, Sand & Secrets by Carolyn Dean

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In the 6th book, Sun, Sand, & Secrets, of the Ravenwood Cozy Mystery series published in 2017 by Carolyn L. Dean, Amanda ponders the question of what it will mean to marry her sweetheart, James, a local police detective. In the course of her analysis, Madeline Wu, a local shopkeeper we’ve met before, goes missing, then someone turns up dead. Along the path, a neighboring town’s mayor gets involved, and some new romances might be brewing around the lovely little Oregon town.


I enjoy reading about the comings and goings of Amanda’s renovated bed and breakfast / inn. This book felt more like a mini-edition, prepping us for Amanda’s upcoming nuptials, rather than a full-on mystery. While it was fun, cute, and cozy, the mystery was very light – much more than usual. I enjoy light mysteries, but the crime didn’t happen until about 50% into the book, and there wasn’t a lot of investigating in the second half. It was a good read, but not a standout in the series. Still worth taking on, as it’s under 2 hours… and I really do love the interactions Meg, Truman, Gram, and all the other wonderful characters.

I like inserting these types of books into bigger thrillers so I get a break from major analytical thinking, but I still have some puzzles to solve and the comfort of a fun, warm and interesting setting. It’s not a complete week unless I’ve sneaked in a cozy of some sort. Two more reviews to write, then I officially shut down and begin vacation mode!


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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Sun, Sand & Secrets by Carolyn Dean

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    May 14, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Sounds like a cute little read! I’ll have to check out the next one if this one seems to be almost a lead up.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 14, 2018 at 10:41 AM

      very light series, less than 90 minutes… sometimes just about small town interaction and light mystery… this was too light, but the next was better!

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    Phantom Paper said:
    May 15, 2018 at 5:53 AM

    Until 50% in?! That’d put me off 😓

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    This does sound like a fun, quick little escape!😊

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    May 23, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    It sounds like the mystery was incidental to this story. I’ve been trying to get into cozy mysteries more. I’m just so picky!

    Happy vacationing!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 4, 2018 at 10:03 AM

      Sometimes cozies are too simple, sometimes they are too repetitive. There are so many, you may just need to find the right ‘theme’ and it could work!


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