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In Wilmington, the azaleas are blooming, the dogwoods are flowering and the bodies are dropping faster than cherry blossoms on a windy day. But it's spring, and Ashley Wilkes, historic preservationist, is much too distracted by love to give a thought to recent homicides, until one occurs at a garden party where she's a guest. When her client is arrested for murder, Ashley In Wilmington, the azaleas are blooming, the dogwoods are flowering and the bodies are dropping faster than cherry blossoms on a windy day. But it's spring, and Ashley Wilkes, historic preservationist, is much too distracted by love to give a thought to recent homicides, until one occurs at a garden party where she's a guest. When her client is arrested for murder, Ashley tries her darnedest not to get involved. But she knows the actress is innocent. And just who are her most promising suspects? Why, the entire cast of a hot, new locally-produced television series. "A fun pre-Festival read." Wilmington Star-News "I just wanted to write and tell you how much I've enjoyed your books. I was an avid reader as a child, but got away from it in later years. Your books brought me back to reading again. I can't wait till your next in the series. Don't ever stop! Thank you for providing me with hours of enjoyment." Kathy Heaphy "I'd just stumbled across your first book last weekend and am now up to book 5 - I simply can NOT put them down. They are wonderfully written - with characters you get to know and love and want to know more about. I thoroughly enjoy the descriptions of Wilmington - it sounds like a place I want to visit someday. To top that off, I am thoroughly enjoying the mysteries themselves - you have excellent plot twists and just when I think I've figured out "whodunit" I realize I'm wrong. I've been surprised every time! I wanted to write you to tell you how very much I'm enjoying your books. I'm eagerly awaiting next weekend when I can continue the series. There's no way I can start a book in the middle of the week - I just can't put them down! Thank you for sharing your talents in these books!" Beth Grimm “I have recently started reading your books on the Wilmington series and have fallen in LOVE. I cannot put them down . Needless to say not a lot is getting done at home.Thank you and GOD BLESS” Anne “Just finished the last of the nine books in your Wilmington Series via my Kindle. Greatly enjoyed all of them. Are there any more to come? Especially liked the descriptions of the various foods available in Wilmington – makes one want to run right up here. Best wishes for future literary efforts.” William “I LOVE YOUR BOOKS! I just finished reading your ninth book. I was thrilled to see on your web page that you are writing a tenth! I've come to feel that I really "know" the characters, and enjoy reading about historic Wilmington. I've also fallen in love with the characters, and feel as if I know them as friends. I can't wait till your next in the series. Don't ever stop!” Kathy “I am a huge fan of your books. I've read all of this series so far. Please don't stop writing this series. You've done such good character development that the readers want these gals to go on and have new adventurer in their married lives. I truly enjoy your stories, please keep going. Thank you,” Jan “I finished Christmas Wedding yesterday evening and I really loved it. You did a great job with the characters and elements of surprise as well as keeping it believable. I enjoy the historical information you include, it makes me want to come further south the next time we come to the Outer Banks. I have started “Murder at the Bellamy Mansion” and have to really restrain myself to not let my work go and just sit and read. “ Mary Ann “My mother and I are huge fans of your Magnolia Mysteries book series! We live in Indiana. I have read all of the books that you have written so far, and I was wondering if there will be another book? Thank you for writing your books…they have given me a lot of good entertainment!” Haley “I just finish


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In Wilmington, the azaleas are blooming, the dogwoods are flowering and the bodies are dropping faster than cherry blossoms on a windy day. But it's spring, and Ashley Wilkes, historic preservationist, is much too distracted by love to give a thought to recent homicides, until one occurs at a garden party where she's a guest. When her client is arrested for murder, Ashley In Wilmington, the azaleas are blooming, the dogwoods are flowering and the bodies are dropping faster than cherry blossoms on a windy day. But it's spring, and Ashley Wilkes, historic preservationist, is much too distracted by love to give a thought to recent homicides, until one occurs at a garden party where she's a guest. When her client is arrested for murder, Ashley tries her darnedest not to get involved. But she knows the actress is innocent. And just who are her most promising suspects? Why, the entire cast of a hot, new locally-produced television series. "A fun pre-Festival read." Wilmington Star-News "I just wanted to write and tell you how much I've enjoyed your books. I was an avid reader as a child, but got away from it in later years. Your books brought me back to reading again. I can't wait till your next in the series. Don't ever stop! Thank you for providing me with hours of enjoyment." Kathy Heaphy "I'd just stumbled across your first book last weekend and am now up to book 5 - I simply can NOT put them down. They are wonderfully written - with characters you get to know and love and want to know more about. I thoroughly enjoy the descriptions of Wilmington - it sounds like a place I want to visit someday. To top that off, I am thoroughly enjoying the mysteries themselves - you have excellent plot twists and just when I think I've figured out "whodunit" I realize I'm wrong. I've been surprised every time! I wanted to write you to tell you how very much I'm enjoying your books. I'm eagerly awaiting next weekend when I can continue the series. There's no way I can start a book in the middle of the week - I just can't put them down! Thank you for sharing your talents in these books!" Beth Grimm “I have recently started reading your books on the Wilmington series and have fallen in LOVE. I cannot put them down . Needless to say not a lot is getting done at home.Thank you and GOD BLESS” Anne “Just finished the last of the nine books in your Wilmington Series via my Kindle. Greatly enjoyed all of them. Are there any more to come? Especially liked the descriptions of the various foods available in Wilmington – makes one want to run right up here. Best wishes for future literary efforts.” William “I LOVE YOUR BOOKS! I just finished reading your ninth book. I was thrilled to see on your web page that you are writing a tenth! I've come to feel that I really "know" the characters, and enjoy reading about historic Wilmington. I've also fallen in love with the characters, and feel as if I know them as friends. I can't wait till your next in the series. Don't ever stop!” Kathy “I am a huge fan of your books. I've read all of this series so far. Please don't stop writing this series. You've done such good character development that the readers want these gals to go on and have new adventurer in their married lives. I truly enjoy your stories, please keep going. Thank you,” Jan “I finished Christmas Wedding yesterday evening and I really loved it. You did a great job with the characters and elements of surprise as well as keeping it believable. I enjoy the historical information you include, it makes me want to come further south the next time we come to the Outer Banks. I have started “Murder at the Bellamy Mansion” and have to really restrain myself to not let my work go and just sit and read. “ Mary Ann “My mother and I are huge fans of your Magnolia Mysteries book series! We live in Indiana. I have read all of the books that you have written so far, and I was wondering if there will be another book? Thank you for writing your books…they have given me a lot of good entertainment!” Haley “I just finish

30 review for Murder at the Azalea Festival

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    I really enjoyed reading this book that I picked up from my community's Little Free Library. It was my first time reading this author and I am happy to see that this book is a part of many others. I will definitely keep my eyes open for them. Was a perfect quick read! I really enjoyed reading this book that I picked up from my community's Little Free Library. It was my first time reading this author and I am happy to see that this book is a part of many others. I will definitely keep my eyes open for them. Was a perfect quick read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gale Wilkinson

    A great read. Great characters and good mystery. I will continue to read this series. I highly recommend it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Murder at the Azalea festival was a fun read, as I enjoy stories about the South, especially mysteries! However, while entertaining, the writing was a tad on the shallow side, and some of the dialog and plot was much too simplistic. I think that if Hunter had spent more time to write a longer book, she could have developed some of the characters much more fully. This is a great little book if you are looking for a fast read on a rainy day, or a long plane trip, and I may continue reading this se Murder at the Azalea festival was a fun read, as I enjoy stories about the South, especially mysteries! However, while entertaining, the writing was a tad on the shallow side, and some of the dialog and plot was much too simplistic. I think that if Hunter had spent more time to write a longer book, she could have developed some of the characters much more fully. This is a great little book if you are looking for a fast read on a rainy day, or a long plane trip, and I may continue reading this series, just to see if perhaps Hunter does a better job with developing the key characters down the road, but if you are looking for good Southern mysteries that you can sink your teeth into, I would check out Laura Childs and Karen White, authors that both offer much more substance and style.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joan - xstitchfan

    3.25 stars/ 4 stars After thoroughly enjoying the first two books in this cozy mystery series, I expected more of the same. Yes, it was another historical cozy about Wilmington, NC with interesting characters, but the book was not as engaging for this reader. It took me much longer to read compared with the other books. I've been trying to figure out why since I finished it. The main reason is that the characters featured in this particular book weren't as finely drawn by the author. Then, the e 3.25 stars/ 4 stars After thoroughly enjoying the first two books in this cozy mystery series, I expected more of the same. Yes, it was another historical cozy about Wilmington, NC with interesting characters, but the book was not as engaging for this reader. It took me much longer to read compared with the other books. I've been trying to figure out why since I finished it. The main reason is that the characters featured in this particular book weren't as finely drawn by the author. Then, the ending felt rushed. I wondered if a section of the original manuscript just before the ending had been deleted. I still liked the book, but felt let down after the first two books. None of these missteps would stop me from reading book #4!! And, I am still looking forward to reading more from this author!!! Happy Reading!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kellene

    This series is a hit or miss with me. I love the Wilmington setting and the historical bits. The characters leave me hot or cold, depending on the situation in the story. Ashley is a fairly likable main character, and I'm glad to see NIck back in the story. The plot moved along well, but I have to say that the ending just made me shake my head. I don't like a resolution that seems pulled out of thin air, and this one struck me that way. I'll go on to the next one, but my enthusiasm for the serie This series is a hit or miss with me. I love the Wilmington setting and the historical bits. The characters leave me hot or cold, depending on the situation in the story. Ashley is a fairly likable main character, and I'm glad to see NIck back in the story. The plot moved along well, but I have to say that the ending just made me shake my head. I don't like a resolution that seems pulled out of thin air, and this one struck me that way. I'll go on to the next one, but my enthusiasm for the series may be waning.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    A good, fluffy book for a hot summer’s day. Not as good as the first, but good enough.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Fun series in a lovely city.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Low 3 It was okay but definitely didn't impress me. The resolution felt a bit sudden and like the clues weren't strong enough towards the killer before that. Low 3 It was okay but definitely didn't impress me. The resolution felt a bit sudden and like the clues weren't strong enough towards the killer before that.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)

    I live in Wilmington, NC and I was thrilled to find this series, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading mysteries and the scenic and historic coast of North Carolina. Ashley Wilkes, a Wilmington Native, lived in Wilmington as a child and now works as a historic preservationists there as well as her sister Melanie who is a realtor. This books takes place right in the middle of the Azalea Festival in April and the book is so decriptive and informative you learn so much about this great I live in Wilmington, NC and I was thrilled to find this series, I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading mysteries and the scenic and historic coast of North Carolina. Ashley Wilkes, a Wilmington Native, lived in Wilmington as a child and now works as a historic preservationists there as well as her sister Melanie who is a realtor. This books takes place right in the middle of the Azalea Festival in April and the book is so decriptive and informative you learn so much about this great town in it! Well everything was fine there, until some dead bodies show uup on the shore with no way to identify them and an actress from tv series "Dolphin's Cove" gets poisoned. Ashley was working on restoring a historic home called Moon Gate and seems to be in the middle of all the action. Does the house or the people in it have some connection to the Murder(S) at the Azalea Festival?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This novel was a delightful romp through Wilmington, NC's historic district as sleuth Ashley Wilkes, and her new partner, Joe set forth to restore "Moon Gate" a house of actress Tiffany Talliere. Tiffany and her brother, Auguste, now have the finances needed to bring the house back to it's former glory. While beginning the restoration, Ashley and Joe learn the house was built on scandals back in the day. A guest is poisoned during an open house and Ashley is off to try and solve the crime. The ch This novel was a delightful romp through Wilmington, NC's historic district as sleuth Ashley Wilkes, and her new partner, Joe set forth to restore "Moon Gate" a house of actress Tiffany Talliere. Tiffany and her brother, Auguste, now have the finances needed to bring the house back to it's former glory. While beginning the restoration, Ashley and Joe learn the house was built on scandals back in the day. A guest is poisoned during an open house and Ashley is off to try and solve the crime. The characters are enjoyable and the Author took a chance and dated the book by talking about real life stars such as John Travolta and Clay Aikens. This made the book far more fun to read. This was a cozy to remember.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    I was surprised to after reading to see that the book was pubbed in 2012 as it had a late 90s, early 2000 feel to it then I saw that it was first published in 2004. There was also a lot of name-dropping and the romance seemed to move very quickly. Despite that, I enjoyed the story. The mystery was well-done and made sense. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the setting; it had a genuine Southern feel to it. Wilmington, the town the story occurs in, was not just a generic town but had it's own personal I was surprised to after reading to see that the book was pubbed in 2012 as it had a late 90s, early 2000 feel to it then I saw that it was first published in 2004. There was also a lot of name-dropping and the romance seemed to move very quickly. Despite that, I enjoyed the story. The mystery was well-done and made sense. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the setting; it had a genuine Southern feel to it. Wilmington, the town the story occurs in, was not just a generic town but had it's own personality. I'll probably pick up more in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Ashley Wilkes, historic building preservationist, becomes involved in another murder mystery in Wilmington, NC. She's troubled by her boyfriend's lack of contact for a few months and her sister's usual high-handed ways. Actors from a popular TV show are gathered in Wilmington for filming and when one of them dies there are few who mourn. Ashley's curious nature gets her in trouble, as usual, and the story takes a frightening turn. Overall another satisfying book in the series. Ashley Wilkes, historic building preservationist, becomes involved in another murder mystery in Wilmington, NC. She's troubled by her boyfriend's lack of contact for a few months and her sister's usual high-handed ways. Actors from a popular TV show are gathered in Wilmington for filming and when one of them dies there are few who mourn. Ashley's curious nature gets her in trouble, as usual, and the story takes a frightening turn. Overall another satisfying book in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ann aka Iftcan

    In this the third Ashley Wilkes book, Nick is back--helping out with the grisley discovery of the bodies of 3 young men. Back again are the rest of the cast of characters from the previous 2 books--Binkie, Melanie, Jon and all the rest. Quick, light read, altho I did figure out who the villian was well before the end of the book. Altho I didn't know what the reason for the murders were at first. In this the third Ashley Wilkes book, Nick is back--helping out with the grisley discovery of the bodies of 3 young men. Back again are the rest of the cast of characters from the previous 2 books--Binkie, Melanie, Jon and all the rest. Quick, light read, altho I did figure out who the villian was well before the end of the book. Altho I didn't know what the reason for the murders were at first.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    Love these books..like the area they are set in, these books are so quaint. Even the murders have a southern theme...this one an actress is killed using Azalea leaves as a tea. They are just a really light..very quick read. I can normally finish one in about 2.5 hours, so they take very little focus.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pooch

    Murder at the Azalea Festival --- doesn't the title scream fluff?! Written by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, the story is fun and relaxing. I read about this author somewhere online and decided read this cozy mystery. The lead character is Ashley Wilkes, a historical preservationist, who stumbles into murderous situations of course. A good read. Murder at the Azalea Festival --- doesn't the title scream fluff?! Written by Ellen Elizabeth Hunter, the story is fun and relaxing. I read about this author somewhere online and decided read this cozy mystery. The lead character is Ashley Wilkes, a historical preservationist, who stumbles into murderous situations of course. A good read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacei

    This is a good Southern Mystery. I loved Ashley. She gets into trouble when she is a witness at an Azelea Festival event. I never saw who was guilty until it was actually revealed. This is a nice clean mystery and was very entertaining. Although this is part of a series, I had not read any and it did not matter.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    In Wilmington, 3 bodies of men have been dredged from the sea, mutilated. Meanwhile a guest at a garden party dies during the annual Azalea Festival. Ashley Wilkes decides to investigate this when her client in arrested for the murder.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    Loved it. With characters named Melanie and Ashley Wilkes how can you miss. The only thing I had a problem with is there's a 3rd sister who is named but not introduced in the book. Other than that enjoyed it Loved it. With characters named Melanie and Ashley Wilkes how can you miss. The only thing I had a problem with is there's a 3rd sister who is named but not introduced in the book. Other than that enjoyed it

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janean

    Good mystery Good mystery Although it was a okay read, I had the killer pegged.early on. I did really like all the architctural detail given. well thought out plot too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Willett

    When will the bodies stop piling up One doesn't usually find romance with murder, but this book has plenty of surprises in both categories. Love isn't all the Wilkes sisters find in Savannah. Surprising and exciting read. When will the bodies stop piling up One doesn't usually find romance with murder, but this book has plenty of surprises in both categories. Love isn't all the Wilkes sisters find in Savannah. Surprising and exciting read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debby

    Keep me guessing!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Dickey

    Kindle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gillian

    I had to go back and read the first three books after reading number four. I wish my library carried this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Corky

    Not worth the time.... Weak plot; weak characters; weak setting

  25. 4 out of 5

    Val

    The description of several things came across as more lecture rather than story like.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I didn't actually finish this book. I loved the details of the scenery since I am from the Wilmington area but wasn't interested in the characters, I'm sad to say. I didn't actually finish this book. I loved the details of the scenery since I am from the Wilmington area but wasn't interested in the characters, I'm sad to say.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara Rossi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Hanrahan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann Steele

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

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