My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pelican Beach Murder is the 2nd book in the Meg Miller Cozy Mystery Series written by Phyllis H. Moore and published in 2019. I joined a review crew for this book as I really enjoyed the first in the series and wanted to read and spread the news about this second one.
Meg is about to be a grandmother and has house-swapped with a friend from the first book for the summer. While she’s away, a few friends visit her, but something is amiss at the little getaway house. A neighbor frequently stops by for help and she isn’t quite put together. Neither are some of the other inhabitants in the town… they all seem to be related to two twin brothers who have quite a reputation. What’s truly going on? Meg is determined to solve it when the neighbor turns up dead and the suspect list is likely someone in her own family.
This cozy series is different from others. In some ways, it’s very light and has a slow build-up to the mystery. The murder doesn’t take place until 50% into this book, and the first half is spent with the main character commenting on the strange things happening since she arrived in the town. The second half then picks up quite quickly and shares a bunch of crazy theories, vibrant language, and curious proclivities of the townspeople. Both parts are written well, and they definitely connect… but it’s hard to categorize with the different styles. I like them though, and it keeps me on my toes trying to figure out what’s going on or what could possibly happen next.
Meg is definitely pushy and a bit rude. She makes snap judgments and is very direct when she doesn’t like someone. It’s good to see characters who are not always friendly on the outside. That said, she’s very caring and helpful to those she likes, so it’s a fine balance. The mystery in this one is intriguing because of the family elements. When we learn the killer’s identity, it comes together. I’m not entirely sure there was enough motivation for it, but it could’ve happened. All-in-all, it’s a good / quick read, and I like the development of the series. I’ll be reading the third one later this year, as it was just released this month.
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