Back to the Burgh and Beyond (An Owl’s Nest Mystery) by C.S. McDonald

Back to the Burgh and Beyond (An Owl's Nest Mystery) by C.S. McDonald

Back to the Burgh and Beyond (An Owl’s Nest Mystery) by C.S. McDonald
Back to the Burgh and Beyond by C.S. McDonald
Genres: Cozy Mystery

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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I love a good cozy mystery and this is a wonderful one. It had all the elements I love; mystery, laughter, excellent characters, and more. We meet Alexa Owl in this new series and she is returning to her hometown after her divorce. She is starting over and that means a new business in an older part of town. What she gets is not only a beautiful building but plenty of visitors from the building’s past.

The story centers around one such visitor, Detective Bobby Starr. He needs helping solving one of his cold case murders and Alexa is the only one who can help him. The plot of this particular story is unique in that I don’t recall having read a cozy mystery written this way. I loved it. i couldn’t put it down from the first page to the last I was enthralled.

Both Alexa and Bobby are well written characters and they work pretty well together. If you love mystery with a dash of the paranormal then this is certainly a book I would recommend.

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About C.S. McDonald

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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