Back to the Burgh and Beyond (The Owl's Nest Mysteries)
by C.S. McDonald
Category: Adult Fiction, 208 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: Sep 10, 2020
Tour dates: Nov 9 to Nov 20, 2020
Content Rating: G. C.S. McDonald's books are appropriate for YA readers as well as adults--no bad language or sexual content.
Meet Alexa Owl. She's returned home to Pittsburgh after a divorce to start a new life and a new business, The Owl’s Nest Couturier Shoppe. Much to her surprise, she's getting more than she ever bargained for: Detective Bobby Starr, and he's no ordinary sleuth. Bobby is an angel who's returned to Earth in hopes of earning his way into the Guardian Angel Squad. He's been sent by none other than Saint Pete to acquire Alexa’s help to solve three cold case murders he left behind. Except, here’s the catch: he’s only been allotted four days to solve the first case! How in heaven’s name is she supposed to do that? Alexa is a professional seamstress—not a detective. Bobby insists the only way to solve the first case is to return to 1953, and Alexa’s not in love with that idea at all!
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
After many rears of a partnership more than a marriage, Alexa and her very successful husband divorced. Now she returned to her hometown to set up her business in a new location, yet only about three hours from her original business. Some of her clientele would make the drive just to use her services. An agency she hired successfully set up appointments with a few new clients.
A jolly, mature Winnie, was a pleasant surprise as she brought some "goodies" to welcome her to the neighborhood. Winnie's family used to own the pub and apartment, which was now a Couturier shop and Alexa's living quarters. Winnie also had the expertise she needed for an employee.
As they were getting better acquainted and Alexas took Winnie upstairs to show her the apartment, Alexa and Winnie received a "shock" ! This led to Winnie assisting her while Alexa lived a "double life". Alexa wondered what she had gotten herself into!
This is a humorous mystery novel, laced with time travel, romance and even a few nice morals.
The ending was complete yet left the reader eager for more.
The characters and action were well portrayed and realistic. The Book Title and Cover image were well-chosen and eye-catching.
This was a delightfully clean mystery and maintained the readers interest throughout the story.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
* This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Meet the Author:
For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards.
In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy.
Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.
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