Digging Up Daisy is a delightful start to this cozy mystery series brimming with small town charm, a plethora of clues, and misdirects, leaving me wanting more.


The Description

A Mainely Murder Mystery: Book 1
Publication Date: April 4, 2023

In a fresh new Maine-set cozy from author Sherry Lynn, Kinsley Clark must root out a killer before the killer roots out her.

At twenty-nine, Kinsley Clark is living the dream life she always envisioned for herself. She’s the proud owner of SeaScapes, a thriving landscaping company in wealthy Harborside, set on the rugged coast of southern Maine. Kinsley’s veins are filled with salty air, a myriad of colors, and the fragrance of fresh blooms. But one afternoon, while working at her aunt Tilly’s bed-and-breakfast, the Salty Breeze Inn, Kinsley digs up more than she bargained for—a high-heeled shoe. The once sparkly shoe, now caked in mud, is linked to a case the police had appropriately dubbed the “Cinderella Murder.”

Kinsley panics. Does this mean that her aunt and the inn are somehow connected to this murder? Will it scare away potential guests? Will it subject the inn to a rush of bad press? With Aunt Tilly’s reputation, and possibly her safety, on the line, Kinsley digs deeper into the crime to find out what the shoe was doing on her aunt’s property and who murdered Cinderella, whose real name is Daisy. As she investigates, more suspects rise to the surface, and eventually, Kinsley has to weed out a killer.

The Review

Digging Up Daisy is the first book in the Mainely Murder Mystery series by Sherry Lynn, and I’m looking forward to reading more. 

Kinsley is a landscape gardener in a wealthy coastal town in Maine with a small town feel and a lot going on. There are small businesses, some sinister feelings, and a murder to solve, all leading up to a special weekend for the town. Kinsley is out to solve the murder and gives clues to her friend Rachel on the force as she and her friend Becca sift through the clues to discover whodunnit.

This cozy mystery was a little slow getting into since there was a lot of background information on the characters to be sorted through. When the book took off for me, several chapters in, I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. There are a lot of vivid descriptions of the homes, the small town, the beautiful gardens and flowers, the food, and the ocean. I could feel the warm breezes, smell the fragrant flowers, and breathe the salty ocean air, along with the lobstah

There were a lot of twists and turns, along with many red herrings, which seemed to throw everyone off the scent. There were corny jokes and phrases all having to do with murder, gardening, and even Cinderella. You have to read the book to be in the know. 

There is closure in solving the crime but not without some injuries along the way. Knowing this is the first book in the series, I look forward to meeting up with these characters again. 

I love the cover, which brings up memories of several visits to southern Maine, and I can envision myself staying there. It invoked a peacefulness in me.

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About The Author

Sherry Lynn spent countless summers on the coast of Maine, knowing she’d one day return to write about the magical location from her youth. Curious by nature, sleuthing became the perfect fit for her, and she has written multiple cozy mystery series under several pseudonyms. Currently, Sherry lives in the Midwest with her husband, but she dreams about one day retiring oceanside with a good book in her hand.


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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 41 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 in the fall of 2019 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 JoAnne currently reviews for - and which is on hiatus. Previously she reviewed for 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!



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Digging Up Daisy is a delightful start to this cozy mystery series brimming with small town charm, a plethora of clues, and misdirects, leaving me wanting more.4-STAR REVIEW: DIGGING UP DAISY by Sherry Lynn