Bel, Book, and Scandal by Maggie McConnon
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: St. Martins Paperbacks
Release Date: December 5, 2017
Belfast McGrath keeps busy handling the kitchen at her parents' Irish inn. She's discussing the possibility of catering another couple's wedding when she spies a picture that brings her back in time. Almost two decades earlier, her best friend disappeared without a trace. People in the town always suspected Belfast knew more than she would admit to. Seeing her friend's picture in the paper is the proof she needs to know that Amy is still alive.
With the picture in hand, Belfast sets off in her spare time to uncover the truth. Why did Amy leave, and why has she never contacted anyone to at least let them know she's okay?
Strengths and Weaknesses
Humor is a driving force in Bel, Book, and Scandal. Belfast isn't one to back down from a challenge. I loved her honesty and some of her and her siblings' antics. I found myself eager to remain in their world. It provided an escape from everyday life. Once I started, I found it hard to put the story down. I always enjoy finding a book that's lighthearted and gripping at the same time.
This was my foray into Belfast's world. I am sad it took so long, but I'm also delighted I found her. The book is a quick read, but one that kept me entertained from start to finish.
RTR's Bottom Line
I loved Bel, Book, and Scandal. As I eagerly read every page, I tried to solve the mystery. Part of the reason for Amy's disappearance was easily figured out. The other part did surprise me.
I'm a fan of cozy mysteries and Maggie McConnon's book hit all the marks. I haven't read the other books in the series, but I didn't feel I was missing any vital details. I'll be catching up on Belfast's other adventures soon!