A Killer Romance was a commendable read. It was my favorite in this series and stands on its own. It was an enjoyable day's read, and I'd recommend it to cozy mystery fans.


About The Book

A Beach Reads Mystery: Book 3
Publication Date: February 6, 2024

Love and murder are in the air this Valentine’s day in Maggie Blackburn’s third Beach Reads mystery, perfect for fans of Eva Gates and Miranda James.

When Beach Reads bookshop hosts a Valentine’s Day event, “Romance by the Sea,” bookseller Summer Merriweather has no idea that the guest author is under investigation for her own husband’s murder. When that same author is found dead at the local bed and breakfast, nobody assumes it’s natural causes–there were plenty of people who wanted her dead.

As Summer searches for the truth about the author’s stranger-than-fiction life, Summer finds suspicious indications of shady behavior in the author’s belongings. But the casual sleuthing is quickly derailed when Summer’s friend Glads gets hauled in for the murder, and they launch a full-blown investigation to clear her name.

As Summer and company pick through the scant clues to solve the case, they may find more treachery and heartbreak than they bargained for.

The Review

I saw A Killer Romance on NetGalley, and having read the prior two books in the series, I decided to pick it up. Then, the request for a review for a book tour came through, and I knew I was meant to read it.

The last Beach Reads Mystery book by author Maggie Blackburn came out in 2021, so it’s been a couple of years, and I’ll admit that it took me a few chapters into A Killer Romance to refresh my memory of Summer and her bookstore. If I hadn’t read the earlier books, I don’t think I’d have that same bout of confusion as the book does stand on its own. But it was nice to be back on Brigid’s Island, reconnecting with Summer and her friends and family.

Summer’s attitude has much improved since the first book. I almost didn’t recognize her, but it was a change for the better since she was so snobbish, and now she’s embracing the bookstore she inherited and the types of books they sell. She’s also hosting a romance author book signing for Valentine’s Day. But when the author dies following the signing and one of Summer’s friends is arrested, she jumps into investigating the murder.

Within the first chapter or two, Summer sprains her ankle and is primarily homebound for most of the book. This was a nice twist to have her focus and actively work on solving the mystery. I knew pretty early on who the murderer was. I didn’t get the motive immediately but was somewhat disappointed in the reveal. Not so much how the reveal occurred, but more Summer’s role in it.

A Killer Romance has an interesting epilogue, which almost made me feel that this might be the final book in the series. Usually, there’s a teaser that makes the reader think that something is coming, but this one didn’t didn’t have one.

A Killer Romance was a commendable read. It was my favorite in this series and stands on its own. It was an enjoyable day’s read, and I’d recommend it to cozy mystery fans.

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About The Author

Maggie Blackburn is the pen name for bestselling mystery author Mollie Cox Bryan, who writes cozy mysteries with edge. She’s the author of several bestselling mystery series Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman’s World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People’s Choice Award. She’s also penned a historical mystery under the name of Mollie Ann Cox. She lives in Crozet, Va. and is the mother of two grown, nearly perfect daughters.


Blog Tour Schedule

February 6 – Mystery, Thrillers, and Suspense – SPOTLIGHT

February 6 – #BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee – SPOTLIGHT

February 7 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 7 – StoreyBook Reviews – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 8 – Angel’s Book Nook – AUTHOR GUEST POST

February 8 – Novels Alive – REVIEW

February 9 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT


February 10 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 11 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT 

February 12 – Bigreadersite – REVIEW

February 12 – Jane Reads – AUTHOR GUEST POST

February 12 – Read Your Writes Book Reviews – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

February 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

February 13 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

February 14 – Guatemala Paula Loves to Read – SPOTLIGHT

February 14 – Ascroft, eh? – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

February 15 – Melina’s Book Blog – REVIEW

February 15 – Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE


Jen K
Jen K
As a former small press and freelance editor and owner of the blog, Romancing the Book, Jen has been helping promote books for over 15 years. During the day, she works for an international energy management company. In her free time, she can be found walking her puppies Monkey and Luna, playing video games, watching some sort of sporting event (Go Gonzaga!) or most likely reading. Her favorite genres are cozy mysteries and historical romance, but is also partial to western small town contemporary romance as well. You'll never see her reading sci-fi or horror. Jen lives in eastern Washington.



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A Killer Romance was a commendable read. It was my favorite in this series and stands on its own. It was an enjoyable day's read, and I'd recommend it to cozy mystery fans.4-STAR REVIEW: A KILLER ROMANCE by Maggie Blackburn