Murder at Dawn offers a crisp mystery with relatable characters with interesting stories of their own.


The Description

Wintergreen Mysteries: Book 4
Publication Date: February 15, 2024

A lover’s quarrel. An adopted dog. And a Murder at Dawn.

Retired detective Bill O’Shea’s summer is off to a great start. He’s made new friends, taken up the game of pickleball, and adopted a dog. But then a victim is found murdered, and the short-staffed police ask Bill to help out.

At the crime scene, Bill realizes that the murder weapon–a blue-handled knife–belongs to his good friend Kim–the local cafe manager. As the evidence mounts against Kim, Bill races to find other suspects. At the same time, he juggles multiple distractions: a perpetually hungry black bear, a mischievous Labrador retriever, and a missed vacation with his girlfriend.

Meanwhile, the commonwealth’s attorney aims to make a name for himself with a life sentence against Kim. Can Bill beat the odds and solve the case, or will he lose a good friend forever?

Murder at Dawn is the fourth book in the Wintergreen Mystery Series and is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Louise Penny.

The Review

A morning breakup. A dead girlfriend. It doesn’t take much to look at the scorned partner as the culprit, especially with a connection to the murder weapon.

However, Bill O’Shea isn’t convinced. The retired homicide detective gets pulled into the investigation since it is in his stomping grounds, but that means he also knows the accused.

Author Patrick Kelly pens the fourth installment of the Wintergreen Mystery series with Murder at Dawn. Set in the picturesque mountain community, this cozy mystery can easily be read out of sequence.

Featuring multiple perspectives from the diverse characters, the focus is on who killed Lily. As the evidence mounts against Kim, Bill digs deeper and finds some surprising details to blow the case open.

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About The AuthorPat Kelly was raised in the idyllic suburb of Yorktown, Virginia, where children ran barefoot through the grass in summer and fished in the waters of the York River. He graduated from UVA and left the state to pursue a corporate career. After settling in Texas, Pat married a wonderful woman, and together they raised two daughters in the awesome city of Austin. With the girls now grown and gone, Pat has pursued a lifelong love of writing stories. After penning the Joe Robbins Thriller Series and the heartwarming family saga The Sheila StoriesPatrick Kelly has now written a clean mystery set in the beautiful mountain resort community of Wintergreen, Virginia. Patrick is winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award for best thriller (A Siren’s Love) and a finalist for the Wishing Shelf Book Awards for adult fiction.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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Murder at Dawn offers a crisp mystery with relatable characters with interesting stories of their own.4-STAR REVIEW: MURDER AT DAWN by Patrick Kelly