Friday, February 28, 2020

Great Escapes Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Murder Makes Scents by Christin Brecher

Today I'm participating in the Murder Makes Scents Blog Tour.  In this post you'll find book and author information along with my review.  And be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of the book.  

About the book . . .

 Murder Makes Scents (A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 25, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496721411
ISBN-13: 978-1496721419
Digital ASIN: B07R6P9Z8M

Synopsis . . .  Stella Wright loves creating candles at her Nantucket store—and she also has a burning passion for justice. Now, after visiting a perfume conference, she must solve a vial crime . . .

Stella and her globe-trotting mom, Millie, have come home from a perfume industry conference in Paris, where their trip was marred by witnessing the stabbing death of a young man. It’s a relief for Stella to be back on her picturesque island, with the comforting company of her cat, Tinker. But lingering danger may have followed them back across the ocean.

After someone breaks into her candle store, the Wick & Flame, Stella starts feeling spooked. And just as things threaten to ignite, Millie suffers a blow to the head. Stella receives an anonymous note claiming that her mother smuggled a secret formula out of France—and threatening her life if it isn’t returned. Now Stella’s picked up the scent of a cold-hearted criminal and an intriguing puzzle, and things are about to get wicked . . . 

My review . . . Candle maker Stella and her gallivanting mother, perfumer Millie Wright, visit Paris for the World Perfumery Conference, indulging their mutual love of scents during a long-overdue reunion before their return to Stella's home and shop on Nantucket Island.  They no sooner arrive at the conference center, however, when a man collapses in the crowd with a knife in his back. Unbeknownst to them, witnessing this crime places the women at the center of an international caper, and when Stella and Millie arrive back in Nantucket, trouble follows them.  The conference killer, a well-known anarchist opposed to world peace, has also arrived on the island in pursuit of mother and daughter.  This "King of Shadows"  believes that Millie possesses an item critical to his plan to disrupt a global Peace Jubilee, and will stop at nothing to retrieve it. With Millie's life in jeopardy, Stella vows to do everything in her power to protect her.

Stella's attempts to uncover the identity of the elusive killer menacing the Wright women come at a busy time for the island community.  A three-day birthday reunion for one of Millie's high school classmates, a cranberry festival, and Stella's own milestone birthday celebration bring several outsiders to the island—all of whom display mysterious behavior, making them prime suspects.  Stella's eavesdropping and snooping further feed her suspicions, providing more questions than answers.   Who among them poses the real threat?  As tensions increase, Stella finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the killer, knowing her mother remains in grave danger unless Stella can outwit this evil stranger.

Murder Makes Sense is a fast-paced, entertaining story replete with daring chases, mysterious suspects, and unforeseen plot twists. What also makes this book and series appealing is the author's further development of the characters who appeared in the first book, Murder's No Votive Confidence (my review here)—from Stella's close-knit clan of cousins involved in all aspects of island business, to police pal Andy Southerland, to her comical cat Tinker, to journalist and love interest Peter Bailey. The introduction of Stella's mom Millie and the mother-daughter relationship is an added bonus, with the hope of more shared adventures as the series continues.  Whatever escapades unfold in Stella's future, I plan to be along for the ride.

Giveaway . . . Enter the Murder Makes Scents Giveaway for a chance to win one of three print copies of the book (U.S. only) by clicking on this link.

About the author . . . Christin Brecher was born and raised in New York City, where her family and many childhood friends still reside. As such, she feels she is as much of a small-town girl as any. The idea to write the Nantucket Candle Maker series sprang from her life-long connection to the small island off the coast of Massachusetts. Spending summers there as a child, Christin read from her family’s library of mystery novels, after which she began to imagine stories inspired by the island’s whaling heyday, its notoriously foggy nights, and during long bike rides to the beach. 

After many years in marketing for the publishing industry, followed by years raising her children, Murder Makes Scents is Christin’s second novel in the Nantucket Candle Maker mystery series.

Author links . . . 
Purchase links . . . 
Amazon     B & N      Kobo     BAM 
IndieBound    Hudson Booksellers    Google Play


Tour participants . . .
February 24The Book Decoder – REVIEW
February 24The Power of Words – REVIEW
February 24A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – REVIEW
February 25Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
February 25The Avid Reader – REVIEW
February 25I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
February 26TBR Book Blog – REVIEW
February 26Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST
February 26Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
February 27eBook addicts – REVIEW
February 27Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
February 27StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
February 27Hearts & Scribbles – SPOTLIGHT
February 28Book Club Librarian – REVIEW
February 28Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
February 28Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
February 29Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT, EXCERPT
February 29I Read What You Write – REVIEW
March 1Gimme The Scoop Reviews – REVIEW, CANDLE TIPS PAGE
March 1Laura`s Interests – REVIEW
March 1Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
March 1 The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
March 2Diary of a Book Fiend – REVIEW
March 2Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW
March 2A Holland Reads – REVIEW*
March 3Sneaky the Library Cat’s Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
March 3The Book Diva’s Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST
March 4Brooke Blogs – REVIEW
March 4 Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
March 4My Reading Journeys – REVIEW 

Note . . . I received a complimentary copy of Murder Makes Scents from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway post was originally composed and/or compiled and published by Catherine for the Book Club Librarian blog.  It cannot be republished without attribution.  Sharing this original post on Twitter and/or other book-related blogs with appropriate recognition is appreciated


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