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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