Murder on mustang beach

Alicia Bessette

Book - 2023

"When a killer stirs up trouble in the Outer Banks, amateur sleuth and bookseller Callie Padget is on the case, in a new beachside mystery from author Alicia Bessette. Cattail Island in the Outer Banks is a popular destination for honeymooners and nature lovers alike. So it is a huge blow when the murder of a newlywed grinds the pre-summer season to a screeching halt. Bookseller Callie Padget launches her own investigation, after mysterious customer Geri-Lynn Humfeld, caretaker of the islan...d's protected wild horses, brings in an irresistible piece of information. Determined to restore order and safety to her beloved hometown, Callie searches for answers-even as those answers cast suspicion on her soon-to-be boyfriend, Toby Dodge, whose martial arts studio was the scene of the crime. As she digs deeper, Toby becomes the police's prime suspect. The truth raises troubling questions and sends her scouring the bookshop's shelves for guidance. Meanwhile, a well-loved member of the mustang herd-a pregnant mare whose anticipated foal is a symbol of summery hope for locals and visitors alike-may be facing dire circumstances. With help from Geri-Lynn, Callie unearths startling secrets surrounding not only the compromised mare, but the murdered newlywed, too. And when another body shows up, this time on isolated Mustang Beach, she must race against time to stop a killer from claiming any more innocent lives"--

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Outer Banks Bookshop Mysteries ; 2
New York : Berkley Prime Crime [2023]
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Alicia Bessette (author)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Bessette's delightful sequel to 2022's Smile Beach Murder finds journalist-turned-bookseller Callie Paget looking forward to her first official date with Toby, owner of a martial arts studio on North Carolina's Cattail Island. When she and Toby find a dead newlywed lying on a mat in his dojo, police name Toby the lead suspect, and Callie embarks on a parallel investigation of her own that, in addition to turning up new leads in the murder, drives her to believe that a cherished local mare may be in serious trouble. Then, when another body is found dead on the beach, the rush is on to find the true culprit and clear Toby's name. Bessette's fast-paced cozy harbors quirky characters and an intriguing plot that will keep readers guessing until the end. Fans will continue to connect with Callie and find plenty to enjoy in this brisk whodunit. Agent: Adam Chromy, Movable Type Management. (May)

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Murder disrupts a bookseller's love life while complicating her deepening reconnection to her childhood home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. After waiting nearly a year for Toby Dodge to complete his self-imposed experiment in abstinence, Calista "Callie" Padget is eager for what she calls "the most epic first date ever" with the handsome martial arts teacher she's been patiently wooing for the past 11 months. She can't believe it when on the morning of that date, she and Toby find a body gazing lifelessly at the ceiling of his dojo, Cattail Family Martial Arts. More than their relationship is at stake, since families rush to pull out of the dojo's programs once they learn that Seth Goodnow, the bridegroom in a Cattail Island destination wedding, met his end there shortly after saying his vows. So Callie summons the detective skills she discovered in Smile Beach Murder (2022) to prove that Seth's death had nothing to do with Toby's business. When she interviews members of the wedding party, including Seth's brand-new widow, she learns that she isn't the only one captivated by the magic of Cattail Island. Despite their grief, none of them are willing to leave the gentle pace of the island and its wild natural beauty. Just as Callie struggles with learning that, thanks to the boom in tourism, her meager salary at MotherVine Bookshop won't begin to cover her rent at the tiny Hyde Road cottage where she grew up, the wedding guests confide their difficulty reconciling their horror at Seth's murder with their growing attachment to Cattail. All good things must end, and with grief for some, as Callie's sleuthing skills once again crack a case that baffles the police. A worthy successor to Bessette's Outer Banks debut. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.