Summary

Ms. Ribar has written a fast-paced, multi-layered cozy mystery, keeping this reader on the edge of my seat as the clues unfolded page-by-page. Deep Green Envy adds up to a satisfying read. 

4-STAR REVIEW: DEEP GREEN ENVY by Joy Ann Ribar

The Description

Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series: Book 3
Publication Date: September 21, 2021

Summer in Deep Lakes sprouts a homegrown murder on the O’Connor farm. Frankie Champagne’s hunt for clues lands her deep in sheep doo-doo, especially after rare stones surface in unexpected places. Crime-solving is no picnic for the baker/vintner as she hops from farm to field to bakery, trying to keep up with the tourist season and track a killer, too.

The Review

Deep Green Envy is the first book I’ve read by Joy Ann Ribar, and I hope to read the first two books in the series as well. 

Amateur sleuth and freelance investigative reporter Frankie seems to be one step ahead of the cops, figuring it all out. I highly doubt, however, the police would share information with Frankie. 

The small town of Deep Lakes, Wisconsin, has several sheep farms and other small businesses. Frankie owns Bountiful Fruits Winery, Frankie and her partner, Carmen, own Bubble and Bake—a wine and bakery shop—which is an interesting concept. Carmen and her husband own one of the farms. All are some of the backdrops to the story. The relationships between many of the characters were heartfelt and heartwarming. They weren’t perfect, which makes them more real.

Ms. Riber weaves multiple stories together, and the emotions and intrigues along with them, and, for the most part, she does a good job. There are vivid descriptions of the lake town and the many businesses. The quote at the beginning of each chapter was food for thought of what was to come. The epilogue gave closure to the story—the more lighthearted writing by Frankie at the end of the book tied into the story nicely. 

Ms. Ribar has written a fast-paced, multi-layered cozy mystery, keeping this reader on the edge of my seat as the clues unfolded page-by-page. Deep Green Envy adds up to a satisfying read. 

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About The Author

Joy Ann Ribar lives in central Wisconsin with her business partner-husband, John. She writes the Deep Lakes Mystery Series, starring baker/vinter and all-around spitfire, Frankie Champagne. Joy’s writing is inspired by Wisconsin’s four distinct seasons and local flavors, which she hopes to promote for all to enjoy.

Joy is a member of Sisters in Crime, Midwest Independent Booksellers, and Wisconsin Writers Association. She enjoys researching viticulture at area wineries, birding, hiking, and chatting with readers. Joy and her husband, John, someday plan to sell their house, buy an RV and travel around the U.S. spreading good cheer and hygge! Joy is a little proud to have two bestsellers with Orange Hat Publishing: Deep Dark Secrets. (2019) and Deep Bitter Roots (2020), under the Ten16 Press imprint of Orange Hat.

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JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you, JoAnne, for the thoughtful review. I appreciate that you took the time to read my mystery novel and consider many aspects of it. I look forward to reading more of your reviews. -Joy Ann Ribar

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