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Maggie Gerber-one of the founding members of the Good Buy Girls- loves her quiet life in St. Stanley, Virginia. But all that changes when Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. On top of that, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, starts acting utterly strange. When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the Maggie Gerber-one of the founding members of the Good Buy Girls- loves her quiet life in St. Stanley, Virginia. But all that changes when Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. On top of that, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, starts acting utterly strange. When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the library, she finds the body of a very dead man. Turns out the man is someone from Claire's past. As the handsome new sheriff zeroes in on Claire, it's up to Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls to use their bargain-hunting skills to hunt a killer-while making sure they don't pay too much in the process...


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Maggie Gerber-one of the founding members of the Good Buy Girls- loves her quiet life in St. Stanley, Virginia. But all that changes when Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. On top of that, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, starts acting utterly strange. When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the Maggie Gerber-one of the founding members of the Good Buy Girls- loves her quiet life in St. Stanley, Virginia. But all that changes when Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. On top of that, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, starts acting utterly strange. When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the library, she finds the body of a very dead man. Turns out the man is someone from Claire's past. As the handsome new sheriff zeroes in on Claire, it's up to Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls to use their bargain-hunting skills to hunt a killer-while making sure they don't pay too much in the process...

30 review for 50% Off Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    J

    Ughh! The first chapter was easy to read, it seemed like I was in store for a light, fun book. But then I read on ... the "heroine" Maggie is totally immature, bossy, unlikable and painfully annoying. After page 50, I forced myself to finish the book but it didn't get any better ... The novel read like a bad teen drama with rival cliques and stupid, superficial women fighting and bossing others around. There are extreme displays of emotional and intellectual immaturity by grown women but the auth Ughh! The first chapter was easy to read, it seemed like I was in store for a light, fun book. But then I read on ... the "heroine" Maggie is totally immature, bossy, unlikable and painfully annoying. After page 50, I forced myself to finish the book but it didn't get any better ... The novel read like a bad teen drama with rival cliques and stupid, superficial women fighting and bossing others around. There are extreme displays of emotional and intellectual immaturity by grown women but the author seems to think this is normal behavior. There were no likable or redeeming characters in the entire book for me. The mystery aspect of the novel was incredibly weak. There is no real development of the mystery because the novel is too focused on Maggie's "fabulous" money-saving life and her circle of "loyal" friends. The author belatedly remembers that the novel is suppose to be a murder mystery and throws in some undeveloped, uninspired plot twists in the last chapter to wrap up the mystery. The author's knowledge of police work and procedures is laughably erroneous. The "tips for saving money" at the end of the novel were patronizingly stupid. This is bad chick-lit, not a serious murder mystery. One and done for me on this new series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    Ever since I found out that author Jenn McKinlay also wrote under this name at one time, I've wanted to start this series. I loved this book and the group of Good Buy Girls friends. Being a bargain and discount fan (but not nearly as much of a shopper as these ladies are) I could relate to some of what they were doing as well as appreciate the tips given at the end of the book. There were some really funny scenes in the book, particularly between Maggie, the founder of the GBG group and her life Ever since I found out that author Jenn McKinlay also wrote under this name at one time, I've wanted to start this series. I loved this book and the group of Good Buy Girls friends. Being a bargain and discount fan (but not nearly as much of a shopper as these ladies are) I could relate to some of what they were doing as well as appreciate the tips given at the end of the book. There were some really funny scenes in the book, particularly between Maggie, the founder of the GBG group and her lifelong nemesis, Summer Phillips. It was like Lucy and Ethel all over, except that Maggie and Summer loathed one another. I hadn't guessed the killer until a clue toward the end struck me. The showdown was a good one, and sweet Max, the 20-year-old resident genius and lawyer, came in very handy with using his brain to get himself and Maggie out of a tight spot. I'm hoping that Maggie and Sam can finally bury the hatchet regarding their seemingly lifetime feuds and disagreements, although I hope that they don't bury that hatchet in one another! I'm anxious to read more in this series, because by the end of the book, I felt like the women in the group were old friends.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    From the book jacket: Everyone loves a good deal, especially the Good Buy Girls, a group of coupon-clipping discount divas who scour the circulars and pan their attacks on stores as if they were generals plotting their war strategies. Maggie Gerber – one of the founding members of the GBG – loves her life in Saint Stanley, Virginia, but things are about to get complicated. First, Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. Then, Claire Freemont, a librarian and member of t From the book jacket: Everyone loves a good deal, especially the Good Buy Girls, a group of coupon-clipping discount divas who scour the circulars and pan their attacks on stores as if they were generals plotting their war strategies. Maggie Gerber – one of the founding members of the GBG – loves her life in Saint Stanley, Virginia, but things are about to get complicated. First, Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. Then, Claire Freemont, a librarian and member of the GBG, shows up late to a meeting acting strange. When Maggie goes to visit Claire the next day at the library, they find a body in the basement – and the knife plunged into his chest is Claire’s missing cake knife. My reactions A typical cozy mystery where the lead amateur sleuth just cannot keep her nose out of police business, despite specific warnings to steer clear. There are plenty of suspects, including Maggie’s old high-school nemesis, Summer Phillips. The cast is completed with a boy genius, who happens to have a law degree at the tender age of 20, though he prefers scooping ice cream at the Frosty Freeze, Maggie’s niece and grand nephew (who are living with her), and the rest of the Good Buy Girls: Joanne (an accountant by training), and Ginger (mother of four growing boys). I thought this was a bit formulaic, but maybe I’ve been reading too many cozies lately. The old rivalry with Summer Phillips irritated me no end; they’re 40 years old for heaven’s sake and they are STILL hashing out high school drama?! I figured out the culprit long before Maggie or Sheriff Sam Collins caught on. I’m not big on shopping – with or without coupons and discounts – so the basic premise is kinda lost on me. But I’ll probably read another in the series if it fits a challenge (or three).

  4. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    This first book in this series by Josie Belle/Jenn McKinley was a fun cozy mystery. With just enough twists to keep me turning the pages, I'm on to the next book in this series. This first book in this series by Josie Belle/Jenn McKinley was a fun cozy mystery. With just enough twists to keep me turning the pages, I'm on to the next book in this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Great start to the series! I enjoyed the characters and small town setting. The shopping tips were fun too. The mystery was good and I even figured it out early! #readforkimberly

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Smith

    My TBR pile is growing every day. I have friends, family and co-workers that all know I love books. I am not ashamed of my TBR pile, but I do admit that books that are "first in a new series", well, I tend to get to them when I am in the mood. I want to read them, but starting a new series and then the next book not following for a few months or even a year, I just keep putting it off. That is what I did with this book and today, I finally got it out and now I am saying "Self, why did you do tha My TBR pile is growing every day. I have friends, family and co-workers that all know I love books. I am not ashamed of my TBR pile, but I do admit that books that are "first in a new series", well, I tend to get to them when I am in the mood. I want to read them, but starting a new series and then the next book not following for a few months or even a year, I just keep putting it off. That is what I did with this book and today, I finally got it out and now I am saying "Self, why did you do that?" I love this series! Maggie is just as loveable as she can be and you know what? All of the characters in the book are not only unique in their own way, but could be the neighbor next door. That is what I love about it! Along with the tips to save money and in today's economy, who could not use the tips, right? "First in a new series" books, they sometimes have a slow read in them. Not this one! I was caught up in the first 10 pages and found that I did not want to put it down. Now I am finding myself saying, "Self, why are you surprised?" Jenn McKinlay is writing as Josie Belle and we all know how enjoyable her books are! So as I write this, I say, "bring it on, Josie Belle". I am reading for book two!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This was a wonderful start to what looks like a promising series that I read in less than a day. I could have done without the angst between Maggie and Sam, but by the end that was pretty well resolved. Besides that I liked the characters, they were all realistic. The mystery was good, it wasn't the best I've read, but yet it was solid and well-built. Overall a good book. I'll read the next one. This was a wonderful start to what looks like a promising series that I read in less than a day. I could have done without the angst between Maggie and Sam, but by the end that was pretty well resolved. Besides that I liked the characters, they were all realistic. The mystery was good, it wasn't the best I've read, but yet it was solid and well-built. Overall a good book. I'll read the next one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chana

    Sweet, clean, amusing. Some of the dialogue and descriptions were laugh out loud funny. Maggie and her friends are bargain buddies, and with one of them being accused of murder, sleuthing buddies. The new sheriff in town is Maggie's old high school boyfriend whom she is still angry at despite a quarter of a century having passed. This complicates her sleuthing efforts and sets up a romantic tension that is sometimes ridiculous and sometimes funny. Sweet, clean, amusing. Some of the dialogue and descriptions were laugh out loud funny. Maggie and her friends are bargain buddies, and with one of them being accused of murder, sleuthing buddies. The new sheriff in town is Maggie's old high school boyfriend whom she is still angry at despite a quarter of a century having passed. This complicates her sleuthing efforts and sets up a romantic tension that is sometimes ridiculous and sometimes funny.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Quick fun read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shelley Giusti

    I thought this book was a fun and enjoyable read, you fall in love with the girls from the start and there are even some that arent so loveable. Maggie and her friends, the good buy girls are all about bargains and sales, what they didnt expect was the murder that took place in their small town. When one of Maggies friends becomes the number one suspect she does everything she can to find the real killer and free her friend. I really enjoyed this book and I know you will too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lori Henrich

    This was a good story. I liked the bargain hunting aspect of the story. It wasn't over done like some of the cozy mysteries I have done. The romance part of it was there of course but it wasn't a major part of the story so that it would over shadow the mystery part of it. If I didn't already have tons of books on my TBR I might check out the next one if available. Will have to keep it in mind when I need a quick read to fill in somewhere. This was a good story. I liked the bargain hunting aspect of the story. It wasn't over done like some of the cozy mysteries I have done. The romance part of it was there of course but it wasn't a major part of the story so that it would over shadow the mystery part of it. If I didn't already have tons of books on my TBR I might check out the next one if available. Will have to keep it in mind when I need a quick read to fill in somewhere.

  12. 5 out of 5

    D. Barretta

    Good start to the series I actually started the series with the second book which I loved. This one was equally entertaining. The plot was interesting & I was left guessing who the killer was. I really enjoyed learning how Maggie winds up with Her Sister's Closet. And I have a soft spot for Max as well as the GGBs. This is a great series. Good, clean reads. Good start to the series I actually started the series with the second book which I loved. This one was equally entertaining. The plot was interesting & I was left guessing who the killer was. I really enjoyed learning how Maggie winds up with Her Sister's Closet. And I have a soft spot for Max as well as the GGBs. This is a great series. Good, clean reads.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Drebbles

    Maggie Gerber and several of her friends belong to the Good Buy Girls a group that meets and strategizes frequently on how to find bargains. They will have to strategize in a different way now - Claire Freemont, one of the members, has been accused of murder. She actually did have a reason to want the victim dead, but so did several others, and Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls are determined to prove that Claire is innocent and find the real killer. The only problem is that Maggie has t Maggie Gerber and several of her friends belong to the Good Buy Girls a group that meets and strategizes frequently on how to find bargains. They will have to strategize in a different way now - Claire Freemont, one of the members, has been accused of murder. She actually did have a reason to want the victim dead, but so did several others, and Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls are determined to prove that Claire is innocent and find the real killer. The only problem is that Maggie has to deal with pesky sheriff Sam Collins. "50% Off Murder" is the nicely done first book in Josie Belle's Good Buy Girls cozy mystery series (Belle is the pseudonym for cozy mystery author Jen McKinlay). I admit the book got off to a rocky start for me as, while I love sales, I am not fond of extreme coupon clipping, people who are too frugal, or those that shop just because it is on sale, but I quickly got over that and came to like the characters and set up. What I liked best about the book is the close friendship between the Good Buy Girls (Maggie, Ginger, Joanne, and Claire) and how they pulled together when one of them needed help. I also like the fact that they all, including Maggie, had secrets they were keeping from each other as this made them deeper characters. The one thing I didn't like was the rivalry between Maggie and Summer Phillips, which is way over the top (and reminiscent of the feud between Angie, Melanie, and Olivia Puckett in McKinlay's Cupcake Bakery cozy mystery series). I know it is meant to be funny but a little bit goes a long way. Finally, while the mystery is cleverly plotted, I wish there were more suspects and I honestly forgot the killer was even a character in the book. "50% Off Murder" is a bit uneven but has a nice set up and some great characters and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This debut book caught me up in the friendships, suspenseful romance, and the surprising murder from the first paragraph until the satisfying ending on the last page. It also left me wanting more about these women sleuth/friends known locally as the "GBG's", or Good Buy Girls. I love how these women are 'professional' in their buying habits and thus are welcomed in the retail communities, all the while, managing tight budgets for their respective families. Maggie Gerber, a widow with one child in This debut book caught me up in the friendships, suspenseful romance, and the surprising murder from the first paragraph until the satisfying ending on the last page. It also left me wanting more about these women sleuth/friends known locally as the "GBG's", or Good Buy Girls. I love how these women are 'professional' in their buying habits and thus are welcomed in the retail communities, all the while, managing tight budgets for their respective families. Maggie Gerber, a widow with one child in Penn State, lives with her Niece and great nephew, while her Nephew-In-Law is serving in Afghanistan. Budgeting the household is seriously needed. Maggie is also one sharp cookie in other areas of her life. When one of the GBGs gets arrested for a body found in the Library basement (with Maggie hanging along,) something has to be done immediately or they will be one short for the up-coming sales. Not to mention, this person has multiple persons hating his existence! The newly hired Sheriff is Maggie's worse dream come back. Sam Collins is a lifelong enemy or maybe something quite opposite. What he is right now is the jailer holding Claire Freemont behind bars. With an Attorney who enjoys serving up ice cream cones, an adorable toddler, humor threading throughout the story, and an nasty rival back in town, this mystery packs something for everyone! And, it is 50% off! There are good thrifty buy tips at the closing as well that are actually very helpful. I look forward to the next episode of the Good Buy Girls.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    50% Off Murder is the first book in the A Good Buy Girls Mystery series by Josie Belle. Josie Belle is pseudonym for the enjoyable author Jenn McKinlay. Maggie, Claire, Ginger and Joanne make up the Good Buy Girls. Normally they like to sit around swapping coupons, planning the next shopping spree and discussing the latest bargains they have found. Those things change when Claire, the librarian at St. Stanley's library and Maggie find a dead man in the basement of the library with Claire's cake 50% Off Murder is the first book in the A Good Buy Girls Mystery series by Josie Belle. Josie Belle is pseudonym for the enjoyable author Jenn McKinlay. Maggie, Claire, Ginger and Joanne make up the Good Buy Girls. Normally they like to sit around swapping coupons, planning the next shopping spree and discussing the latest bargains they have found. Those things change when Claire, the librarian at St. Stanley's library and Maggie find a dead man in the basement of the library with Claire's cake knife sticking out of his chest. Once it is known that Claire had dated the dead man before, she becomes a prime suspect and is arrested. The town of St. Stanley has a new sheriff,Sam Collins, who was Maggie's boyfriend in high school. Their break-up was a bad one and Maggie still resents the nickname of Carrot top that he gave her, she knows that she will have to work with him to free Claire, not something she is looking forward to. The Good Buy Girls soon find out that the victim was known in the area, as he had a business investment business and had provided loans for some of the local business owners. So the girls put their heads together trying to determine who wanted him dead the most. I'm looking forward to the next book in this entertaining series. I want to see if Maggie and Sam can out aside their differences, what bargains the Good Buy Girls will find and to see if Max will finis his law degree. A very enjoyable book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    #1 in the Good Buy Girls mystery series. Author Bell is the pseudonym for veteran cozy writer Jenn McKinlay. The book starts with the time-worn premise of a diverse group belonging to a common organization, here a bunch of coupon clippers. Led by founding member, medical biller Angie, is co-founder, accounting service owner Ginger, deli owner Joanne, and murder suspect, librarian Claire. Angie's ex-beau, returning after 24 years on the Richmond PD, is Sheriff Sam Collins creates instant conflict #1 in the Good Buy Girls mystery series. Author Bell is the pseudonym for veteran cozy writer Jenn McKinlay. The book starts with the time-worn premise of a diverse group belonging to a common organization, here a bunch of coupon clippers. Led by founding member, medical biller Angie, is co-founder, accounting service owner Ginger, deli owner Joanne, and murder suspect, librarian Claire. Angie's ex-beau, returning after 24 years on the Richmond PD, is Sheriff Sam Collins creates instant conflict by arresting Claire for murder. A brilliant casting move has Maggie bring in Maxwell Button as her lawyer. Max is a multi-disciplinary prodigy whose day job is topping ice cream cones at the Frosty Freeze. A pleasant, fast read. Good Buy Girls mystery - Maggie Gerber - one of the founding members of the Good Buy Birls - loves her quiet life in St. Stanley, Virginia. But all that changes when Sam Collins, her old flame, moves back to town as the new sheriff. On top of that, Claire Freemont, a librarian and the newest member of the Good Buy Girls, starts acting utterly strange. When Maggie goes to visit her the next day at the library, she finds the a body. Turns out the man is someone from Claire's past. As the handsome new sheriff zeroes in on Claire, it's up to Maggie and the rest of the Good Buy Girls to use their bargain-hunting skills to hunt a killer.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sonja

    Love Jenn McKinlay, pseudonym or no :). Maggie is a feisty, unstoppable heroine in this quick but enjoyable read by Jen's pseudonym, Josie Belle. I had to have my library order this one as it hadn't caught their radar, but I'm sure that they'll snap up new releases as soon as they appear now that they know to watch for Josie Belle! Love Jenn McKinlay, pseudonym or no :). Maggie is a feisty, unstoppable heroine in this quick but enjoyable read by Jen's pseudonym, Josie Belle. I had to have my library order this one as it hadn't caught their radar, but I'm sure that they'll snap up new releases as soon as they appear now that they know to watch for Josie Belle!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy V

    I really love this author, enjoyed these characters and will continue with this series.. However, this first book was not the over the top wonderful I have felt her other books to be.. I am just thinking it falls into that first book in a series blues lol That being said, I am still very much looking forward to more books in this series and about this "cozy gang". :) I really love this author, enjoyed these characters and will continue with this series.. However, this first book was not the over the top wonderful I have felt her other books to be.. I am just thinking it falls into that first book in a series blues lol That being said, I am still very much looking forward to more books in this series and about this "cozy gang". :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sabine

    The Good Bye Girls are a great and lovable bunch of ladies. I could feel right with them where it came to bargains and sales. The mystery was very good and I enjoyed the humor a lot. It wasn't a really laugh out loud kinda humor but more of a smiling to myself kind. :) I am happy to announce that I have the next 2 books in the series on my bookshelf and am looking forward to reading them. The Good Bye Girls are a great and lovable bunch of ladies. I could feel right with them where it came to bargains and sales. The mystery was very good and I enjoyed the humor a lot. It wasn't a really laugh out loud kinda humor but more of a smiling to myself kind. :) I am happy to announce that I have the next 2 books in the series on my bookshelf and am looking forward to reading them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nora-adrienne

    I got this book from the library one county over, and it's overdue. I spent all day reading it. I have to say in all honesty, this is hands down the best first book in a new series I've read so far this year. Josie Belle has a sure winner on her hands. I got this book from the library one county over, and it's overdue. I spent all day reading it. I have to say in all honesty, this is hands down the best first book in a new series I've read so far this year. Josie Belle has a sure winner on her hands.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I really enjoyed this first book in the series. I am a sale rack shopper and love to get a good buy, so this group of girls are after my heart. I'm looking forward to reading more... I really enjoyed this first book in the series. I am a sale rack shopper and love to get a good buy, so this group of girls are after my heart. I'm looking forward to reading more...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This is a cute series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A fun read and cute start to a cozy series. I'll be checking out more in future. A fun read and cute start to a cozy series. I'll be checking out more in future.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    There were so many reasons I didn’t enjoy this book. 1) The main character, Maggie, was so immature and stuck emotionally in high school that was really annoying. Grow up, already! You are a 40-ish-year-old woman and should have gotten over all that by now. 2) I’m not sure the concept of bargain shopping is strong enough to base an entire series around. It just didn’t grab me. 3) I identified the murderer from the first time we were introduced to that character. There was little Maggie based her There were so many reasons I didn’t enjoy this book. 1) The main character, Maggie, was so immature and stuck emotionally in high school that was really annoying. Grow up, already! You are a 40-ish-year-old woman and should have gotten over all that by now. 2) I’m not sure the concept of bargain shopping is strong enough to base an entire series around. It just didn’t grab me. 3) I identified the murderer from the first time we were introduced to that character. There was little Maggie based her accusations of others on besides having a personal vendetta. 4) Having grown up in the South, I have eaten and made many cobblers over my lifetime. Never would I describe a serving as of cobbler as being a “slice”. That would be a pie. A cobbler is baked in a casserole-type baking pan, not a pie plate. It is liquidy and runny and would never be able to be served in slices. It would be more appropriate to say that someone had a second “serving” of cobbler or second helping, but never a second slice. That scene bugged me to death. If you’re going to set your series in the South, do your research. And baking and eating a cobbler would be delightful research indeed!

  25. 5 out of 5

    andrea

    Almost quit after the first 10 pages. The introduction to this group of women was obnoxious and their immaturity embarrassing. 40yo women referrring to themselves as a "crew", fist bumps, having an old school nemesis who you engage with not one but 2!!! parking lot physical altercations! Perhaps the author thought this was amusing...I thought it read as pathetic. But putting all that aside...the story read quickly...and I was mildly amused at some parts. As always, with this genre, way to easy to Almost quit after the first 10 pages. The introduction to this group of women was obnoxious and their immaturity embarrassing. 40yo women referrring to themselves as a "crew", fist bumps, having an old school nemesis who you engage with not one but 2!!! parking lot physical altercations! Perhaps the author thought this was amusing...I thought it read as pathetic. But putting all that aside...the story read quickly...and I was mildly amused at some parts. As always, with this genre, way to easy to spot the murderer. I still ranked it positively just for the simple fact I finished it in 2 hours and so it was a quick way to boost my Reading Challenge total. I very much doubt I would read another in the series...and I will be donating this copy to my Book Nook as its just not good enuff to qualify as a keeper. But for those who like cozy romances...with a twinge of murder...I'm sure this would be an enjoyable read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Awesome first book in this new series! Maggie is a widow who works for a doctor doing billing and insurance. Her daughter is grown up but her neice with her baby live with Maggie. Sam, Maggie's high school crush returns to town at the police dept. Maggie and her friends are all thrifty shoppers and coupon cutters. That was luckily not a big part of the story. A new man in town ends up dead, and Maggie's friend Claire, is the prime suspect. This is everything I like about a cozy mystery: interest Awesome first book in this new series! Maggie is a widow who works for a doctor doing billing and insurance. Her daughter is grown up but her neice with her baby live with Maggie. Sam, Maggie's high school crush returns to town at the police dept. Maggie and her friends are all thrifty shoppers and coupon cutters. That was luckily not a big part of the story. A new man in town ends up dead, and Maggie's friend Claire, is the prime suspect. This is everything I like about a cozy mystery: interesting characters, good mystery that is difficult to guess, a budding romance. Fun,light mystery. If you like Jenn Mc Kinlay's books, you will like this one too :-)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Around the Year in 52 Books 2018 Reading Challenge. A book featuring a murder. Maggie Gerber and her best friends are all about saving money, finding a sale, using coupons, etc. Her nemesis Summer is in town and causing problems, an ex-boyfriend Sam Collins has also returned and is the new Sheriff, and a man has been murdered and his body found in the basement of the library. It seems the librarian once dated him in Baltimore and now she has been arrested for his murder. Maggie and the other Good Around the Year in 52 Books 2018 Reading Challenge. A book featuring a murder. Maggie Gerber and her best friends are all about saving money, finding a sale, using coupons, etc. Her nemesis Summer is in town and causing problems, an ex-boyfriend Sam Collins has also returned and is the new Sheriff, and a man has been murdered and his body found in the basement of the library. It seems the librarian once dated him in Baltimore and now she has been arrested for his murder. Maggie and the other Good Buy Girls must find a way to prove their friend innocent. This is the first in the series and I like the characters in this book. The series definitely has potential.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dallass

    I really enjoyed this book. I don’t usually gravitate to older protagonists, with grown children, and yet Maggie and her friends are lovely characters with a lot of spunk. Sam Collins returns to town as the new Sheriff and hackles are raised, and the fur will fly, as these two seem to rub sparks off each other. Their personal history plays a small, but vital part in the relationship between these two characters, as well as the within the Good Buy Girls as Maggie’s high school nemesis still has i I really enjoyed this book. I don’t usually gravitate to older protagonists, with grown children, and yet Maggie and her friends are lovely characters with a lot of spunk. Sam Collins returns to town as the new Sheriff and hackles are raised, and the fur will fly, as these two seem to rub sparks off each other. Their personal history plays a small, but vital part in the relationship between these two characters, as well as the within the Good Buy Girls as Maggie’s high school nemesis still has it in for out thrifty heroine. The murder mystery was good, the writing was easy to understand and the story flowed well. Just a great cosy book to curl up with. 3.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    This was super cute. Maggie is part of the Good Bye Girls who are coupon queens. Claire is a librarian who has an ex boyfriend turn up murdered in the basement of her library. Maggie and the rest of the girl try to figure out who really killed him. Oh yeah, and the new sheriff just happens to be an old flame of Maggie's, who is newly moved back to town. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and you really end up for ice cream as a lot of this takes place at the local ice cream parlor, as t This was super cute. Maggie is part of the Good Bye Girls who are coupon queens. Claire is a librarian who has an ex boyfriend turn up murdered in the basement of her library. Maggie and the rest of the girl try to figure out who really killed him. Oh yeah, and the new sheriff just happens to be an old flame of Maggie's, who is newly moved back to town. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments and you really end up for ice cream as a lot of this takes place at the local ice cream parlor, as the part time clerk is a 20 year old lawyer who is a prodigy, and only took the bar exam because he was bored. He didn't really want to practice law. LOL

  30. 5 out of 5

    B.

    Cute little cozy mystery. The first in a series. It's a bit light on details and there are a few plot holes, but that's something that you'd come to expect when starting off with a new series by a newer author, or at least newer at the time of publication of this book. That being said, it comes across as though you've started in the middle of a series - rest assured, triple checked, that's not the case, this is in fact the first book. However, it's little things like that that throw this one off Cute little cozy mystery. The first in a series. It's a bit light on details and there are a few plot holes, but that's something that you'd come to expect when starting off with a new series by a newer author, or at least newer at the time of publication of this book. That being said, it comes across as though you've started in the middle of a series - rest assured, triple checked, that's not the case, this is in fact the first book. However, it's little things like that that throw this one off a bit. All in all, it's great pandemic reading and I'll get the others in the series to keep going. It's pretty much what you'd expect for a cozy.

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