Monday, February 6, 2017

Cozy Monday

Blown Away (Kite Shop Mystery #1) by Clover Tate (Berkley Prime mass market paperback, 7 February 2017).

Emmy Adler finally feels like an adult.  She's decided to open a kite shop called "Strings Attached" in the resort town of Rock Point, Oregon.  She'll be sharing a house with her best friend Avery, who had inherited it from her parents.

The first morning after moving in with Avery, she's taking her dog, Bear, for a walk on the beach when he discovers the body of a man lying at the water's edge.  Having left her phone at home, she has to rush back to call for help, but goes back to the beach to meet the local sheriff.  

Sheriff Koppen identifies the body as Miles Logan, the chef at a local gourmet restaurant, but it takes a minute for Emmy to recognize the name of a former boyfriend of Avery's.  The relationship ended rather abruptly, and since Avery doesn't have an alibi for the prior evening, she becomes the primary suspect.

Knowing that her friend couldn't possibly have killed anyone, Emmy sets out to prove her innocence by finding the actual killer.

Being a newcomer to the area makes Emmy's investigation a little more difficult, as locals are reluctant to trust her, but she is determined to see her friend exonerated.

Blown Away is not only a well-constructed mystery, but filled with information about kites and the flying thereof.  

Reading should be informative.  

The publisher has generously offered a copy of Blown Away to one of my readers.  Please comment below before 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Feburary 13th.  Entries from the US only, please.  
Please don't forget to include an email address where I can contact you if you win!

FTC Full Disclosure:  Many thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book.


  1. What a cute concept! I love books that teach me something. I'd like to learn about kites and read a cozy at the same time. Hope I win a copy!

  2. I remember TRYING to fly a kite back in the early 50s with about a 10 second successful flight! My boys had better luck. Sounds like an interesting series and great first book.

  3. Flying a kite brings back memories of my childhood. My older brother and I would try time after time to get the kite in the air eventually getting that air current that would lift it high in the air. Thanks for including it on your blog.

  4. Would love to read this.
    Diane Rivera