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Ivy Bradshaw knows soap, but she has no idea how to solve a murder. Unfortunately, that’s just what she’ll have to do, when a missing box of lye from her store gets linked to a recent small-town murder and everyone labels her as the prime suspect. With a wise-cracking, uppity skeleton as her sidekick, Ivy is forced to investigate the crime, all while trying to figure out wh Ivy Bradshaw knows soap, but she has no idea how to solve a murder. Unfortunately, that’s just what she’ll have to do, when a missing box of lye from her store gets linked to a recent small-town murder and everyone labels her as the prime suspect. With a wise-cracking, uppity skeleton as her sidekick, Ivy is forced to investigate the crime, all while trying to figure out who would want to implicate her in such a serious ordeal—especially considering the cops and their new necromancer-for-hire are all but certain of her guilt. Meanwhile her biggest business rival sees the open investigation as the perfect opportunity to muscle Ivy out of business, and also her super cute librarian crush may have finally noticed she's alive. Uh-oh, it looks like she may not come out of this squeaky clean, after all… But hopefully she can still come out of it alive.


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Ivy Bradshaw knows soap, but she has no idea how to solve a murder. Unfortunately, that’s just what she’ll have to do, when a missing box of lye from her store gets linked to a recent small-town murder and everyone labels her as the prime suspect. With a wise-cracking, uppity skeleton as her sidekick, Ivy is forced to investigate the crime, all while trying to figure out wh Ivy Bradshaw knows soap, but she has no idea how to solve a murder. Unfortunately, that’s just what she’ll have to do, when a missing box of lye from her store gets linked to a recent small-town murder and everyone labels her as the prime suspect. With a wise-cracking, uppity skeleton as her sidekick, Ivy is forced to investigate the crime, all while trying to figure out who would want to implicate her in such a serious ordeal—especially considering the cops and their new necromancer-for-hire are all but certain of her guilt. Meanwhile her biggest business rival sees the open investigation as the perfect opportunity to muscle Ivy out of business, and also her super cute librarian crush may have finally noticed she's alive. Uh-oh, it looks like she may not come out of this squeaky clean, after all… But hopefully she can still come out of it alive.

30 review for No Lathering Matter: A Magical Soapmaker Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    I was entertained by this book! There’s a cool character who’s a skeleton, and he adds a lot to the storyline. I enjoyed the protagonist and her craft of using herbs and oils making soaps. The story has warmth and humor in a small town setting. I’m eagerly waiting to read the next book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Excellent first book I'm over the moon excited that I stumbled upon this series. I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. Its funny, fast paced, full of great characters, and a good solid mystery. I'm excited to read the next book. Excellent first book I'm over the moon excited that I stumbled upon this series. I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. Its funny, fast paced, full of great characters, and a good solid mystery. I'm excited to read the next book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I almost didn't read this book. When I first started it, it reminded me so much of Leigh Perry's 'Sid' from her The Family Skeleton Mysteries series. But so glad I stayed with it because things changed quickly. And I really enjoyed the story and characters. Looking forward to reading more in this series. I almost didn't read this book. When I first started it, it reminded me so much of Leigh Perry's 'Sid' from her The Family Skeleton Mysteries series. But so glad I stayed with it because things changed quickly. And I really enjoyed the story and characters. Looking forward to reading more in this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This book was so much fun! I found another skeleton character I just love and can't wait to read more! His personality is way different from the other one I've read about (Sid), but Harry is awesome in his own way, and he got to prove just how handy he was. Ivy's soap shop assistant discovered they were missing lye, and a pile of bones that Harry had discovered looked as if said lye may have had something to do with the bones being just bones. Ivy was feeling like a suspect and decided to figure This book was so much fun! I found another skeleton character I just love and can't wait to read more! His personality is way different from the other one I've read about (Sid), but Harry is awesome in his own way, and he got to prove just how handy he was. Ivy's soap shop assistant discovered they were missing lye, and a pile of bones that Harry had discovered looked as if said lye may have had something to do with the bones being just bones. Ivy was feeling like a suspect and decided to figure it out before the police could charge her with murder. I suspected part of what was going on but not everything or why. The showdown was a really good one, and Ivy finally felt like justice was done for her customer who had been murdered. I have a feeling she might become good friends with his widow now, at least I hope Helen might be in the next book. Ivy also has two very different guys who seemed interested in her. I'm really looking forward to the next book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary (Biblophile)

    A delightful start to a new series. I especially like the inculsion of Harry, the skeleton. He added not only fun, but a thread of mystery to this cozy. Three magical sisters, all with different talents, made an interesting mix along with the herbal soap making. A nicely written mystery that kept me guessing. Looking forward to the next in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharen

    A good humorous mystery Three magick sisters named Ivy and Rose and Holly, Harry an animated skeleton (a spirit or a soul?), a puppy, and a mystery — what more could you ask for. Very likable characters, a good mystery, and story moves along nicely. For about the first third of the book the author gets the sisters’ names mixed up which was confusing for this reader, but other than that a very fine book. I look forward to the next one. A delightful book which I recommend for a rainy day. Enjoy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    A gold medal! Does everything that Babin touches turn into gold? It seems so, because I thought that this was another winner! What an exciting new series! What a fun book! It seems that only exclamation marks will do! I was turning those pages like I was obsessed! Which I guess I am now. I love love loved it! An amazing cozy mystery, that was different, in a good way. A real pageturner! Can’t wait for more! If this were a game Babin would have won the gold medal! Outstanding!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    I have been provided with a copy of No Lathering Matter by Sweet Promise Press for an impartial review. This is the first book in the brand-new Magical Soapmaker Mysteries series and this was just a fantastic way to start off a new series. Ahhhh this was just such a wonderful read. I was just drawn in and I was so sad to turn the last page. I just couldn’t get enough of this story or it’s characters. I can’t wait to see what’s next from this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ilene G>

    A good and amusing mystery. I like Ivy. She makes magical soaps and cares about people. Harry is a "living" skeleton. He is cranky and very secretive about his life. A dead body is found on her property. I like the plot and characters. Ivy is attracted to the local librarian, and the warlock necromancer policeman. There is also a mystery involving theft. A good and amusing mystery. I like Ivy. She makes magical soaps and cares about people. Harry is a "living" skeleton. He is cranky and very secretive about his life. A dead body is found on her property. I like the plot and characters. Ivy is attracted to the local librarian, and the warlock necromancer policeman. There is also a mystery involving theft.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Wertz

    I really enjoyed No Lathering Matter. This is a fun and unique story. I love the characters. this book is entertaining and interesting. This is a wonderful new series. I look forward to reading more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    What a fun, funny mystery with a talking skeleton for a partner. Ivy certainly has her hands full figuring out the mystery of the skeleton bones in her back yard. The murderer was not on my radar. I received an ARC. This is my honest, voluntary opinion.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Starla B

    I am loving this new series! Magical soaps...sign me up please. I had a feeling who the culprit was, but there were still some twists and turns I didn't expect. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next! I am loving this new series! Magical soaps...sign me up please. I had a feeling who the culprit was, but there were still some twists and turns I didn't expect. I am definitely looking forward to seeing what happens next!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    I want more I loved this book I can’t get enough of ivy. I do hope I don’t have to wait long until the next one comes out. My favorite mystery from this book is the skeleton I want to know what he did and why he can talk.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheri Jesse

    Loved the characters, the storyline, and the town.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan Shearer

    no lathering matter

  16. 4 out of 5

    stephanie huntington

    Interesting, entertaining and different

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Norvell

    Good This is a good quick read. Cozy is the best way to describe the story of a magical soap maker and her friends and family. I'm sure there is more to come. Good This is a good quick read. Cozy is the best way to describe the story of a magical soap maker and her friends and family. I'm sure there is more to come.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Copp

    Awesome first start to a new series. I loved the characters, the writing style and learning about soap making. Harry, the Skeleton is a really cool addition to the story.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Book-bean

    absolutely loved this book. really looking forward to the rest in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Loved it! Can't wait for more! Loved it! Can't wait for more!

  21. 4 out of 5

    melissa gideon

    Enjoyable read This book was entertaining. Though it was relatively easy to figure out who the bad guy was, the characters are interesting and I'm looking forward to reading more. I also have a weird hankering to learn how to make soap. Enjoyable read This book was entertaining. Though it was relatively easy to figure out who the bad guy was, the characters are interesting and I'm looking forward to reading more. I also have a weird hankering to learn how to make soap.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    A very quick read but fun and cute. 3.5 ish stars. The puppy stole the show though! The murder and crime felt completely over the top for the story setting but I enjoyed this overall.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne Meyer

    Good What an enjoyable book. So interesting with witches with multiple talents, a skeleton Ivy lives with, and a couple of good looking men who care about her. There is murder and other crimes to solve along with the heroine.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Ellis

    So fun! What's not to like with a talented witch, a bony houseguest, and an adorable dog? I enjoyed the mystery and getting to know the characters and can't wait for the next one. So fun! What's not to like with a talented witch, a bony houseguest, and an adorable dog? I enjoyed the mystery and getting to know the characters and can't wait for the next one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Glenda Thedens

    Loved the characters, especially Harry. Fun quick cozy read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beth Rogers

  30. 5 out of 5

    Johnson Knowles

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