The Wrong Victim by Allison Brennan - Excerpt, Review, Q&A

The Wrong Victim : A Novel  Allison Brennan On Sale Date: April 26, 2022 9780778312307 Hardcover $26.99 USD 464 pages I am super excited to be part of the Harlequin Book/MIRA Books blog tour for Alison Brennan's newest book The Wrong Victim, which released on April 26, 2022. Book Summary A bomb explodes on a sunset charter cruise out of Friday Harbor at the height of tourist season and kills everyone on board. Now this fishing and boating community is in shock and asking who would commit such a heinous crime—the largest act of mass murder in the history of the San Juan Islands. Was the explosion an act of domestic terrorism, or was one of the dead the primary target? That is the first question Special Agent Matt Costa, Detective Kara Quinn, and the rest of the FBI team need to answer, but they have few clues and no witnesses. Accused of putting profits before people after leaking fuel endangered an environmentally sensitive preserve, the West End Charter company may itself have bee

Thread and Dead (The Apron Shop Series, 2) by Elizabeth Penney

Thread and Dead
Author: Elizabeth Penney
Series: The Apron Shop
Genre: Mystery
Format: Paperback
No. of Pages: 269
Date of Publication: August 25, 2020

Description: Iris Buckley is busier than ever this July, with the town’s annual Lobster Festival fast approaching. In just a matter of days her apron shop Ruffles & Bows, will be jam-packed with tourists eager to lay eyes on its world-class collection of aprons and linens—and Iris’s inventory is running low. Then, just when all hope seems lost, Iris gets a call from Eleanor Brady, a wealthy, reclusive spinster who just happens to have trunks full of vintage fabrics. Would Iris like to come down to Eleanor’s cottage estate Shorehaven and have a look?

Before long Iris is on the scene—and on the case. Turns out that Eleanor has rented Shorehaven to the handsome, charismatic environmentalist Dr. Lukas de Wilde and his flock of students. What begins as an apron-scouting endeavor soon morphs into a full-blown murder investigation when Dr. de Wilde’s beautiful young teaching assistant turns up dead. Now it’s up to Iris—along with her partner-in-love-and-crime Ian Stewart—to unravel the mystery before the Blueberry Cove killer strikes again.

My Thoughts: So I actually read two of the The Apron Shop series books, this one and book 3. I haven't read the first book and I read book 2 and book 3 out of order. From what I can tell, the books do well as a standalone and you won't be missing out if you read them out of order like I did. 

Iris Buckley is an interesting character because she is an apron shop owner and loves the historical background of them. Yet, somehow she manages to get into the business of solving her friends murders or friends who are accused of murdering someone. Blueberry Cove appears to be a very small town and I still love the name. 

I quite enjoyed the parts with Eleanor Brady and actually found those parts to be more interesting then the murder investigation of Dr. de Wilde's teaching assistant. I actually can't remember much of the murder itself. 

The book moves at quite a slow pace which is perfect if you want a cozy mystery. 

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars because this is a good cozy mystery but it moves slowly. There is not a ton of action. The murderer is concealed quite well in the story and does keep you guessing.

About the Author: Elizabeth Penney is the author of more than two dozen cozy mysteries, among other novels. She is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association and the owner of 2 Penney Productions. A former consultant and nonprofit executive, Elizabeth grew up in Maine and now lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Many thanks to St. Martin's Press for this copy. This is my honest opinion.


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