Bel, Book and Scandal Book Review

Bel, Book and Scandal Book Review

Title: Bel, Book, and Scandal: A Belfast McGrath Mystery
Author: Maggie McConnon
Published: December 5, 2017, St. Martin's Paperbacks
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $7.19 Paperback, $7.99 Kindle

Even though Bel, Book, and Scandal takes place in the US, you’ll think you are in Ireland while reading this cute cozy mystery. Maggie McConnon captures the mood and atmosphere of Ireland in the third installment of her Belfast McGrath Mystery series. After Bel meets with some prospective clients who are booking a wedding for their daughter, she notices that they left a newspaper with a small article about a commune that used to be located in upstate New York, near their Shamrock Manor in Foster’s Landing. There was a picture, and in this picture is Amy Mitchell, Bel’s best friend who disappeared many years ago and has never been heard from since. Bel, who is a chef and amateur sleuth, can’t let the matter go, and starts investigating. All this time she has believed that Amy was long dead, and when the nearby lake goes down to its lowest level in decades and a car with a body is discovered, it is thought that Amy has finally been found. During the investigation, Bel meets a new friend, and when Bel goes to meet him to get more information, she finds he has been stabbed and is unable to give her information while he is hanging on to life.

Cozies are always fun, and this series is no exception. The characters are well-developed (and very Irish), and seem like they could be real people. Most of the characters are also likeable (except the murderer of course). Foodies will enjoy this book because of the numerous mentions of mouthwatering dishes. However, the only negative about this book is that there are no recipes included. It seems a waste to have a seasoned chef as the protagonist and no recipes!

Anyone who enjoys mysteries, food, and fun characters will enjoy Bel, Book, and Scandal, and will want to pick up the two previous installments while waiting for number four.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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