Keeley Carpenter has found her center. After returning to Befrey, the traditional English village she called home ten years ago, she’s opened her dream yoga café, which doubles as both a yoga studio and a delicious vegetarian café. Even better, Keeley is dating handsome Detective Ben Taylor, and things are beginning to look serious.
Too bad things never seem to run smoothly for long. Eager to get involved with the local community, Keeley sets up a booth at the annual Belfrey Arts Festival, along with her nemesis, fellow small business owner Raquel. Preparing herself to play nice, she’s shocked when Raquel’s boyfriend, Town Mayor Gerald, is found dead after a public spat. Despite Ben’s strict warnings to stay out of it, Keeley isn’t going to let an innocent woman take the blame for the murder—even if it is glamorous, spoiled Raquel.
Now Keeley must balance a precarious murder investigation with the demands of her growing business and now-strained relationship. But when the killer takes a personal interest in Keeley, can she find the culprit before she gets bent out of shape?
Keeley Carpenter is a young woman who has final decided to set some roots in a quaint English village. In the aftermath of the uncovering a murderer, she finds that people tend to be looking to her for advice and input. Especially when her rival, Raquel needs help clearing her name, after the mayor (and Raquel’s latest boyfriend) is found stabbed to death. Despite Keeley’s past with Raquel, she can’t seem to say no. Perhaps it’s guilt over suspecting Raquel of the last murder… or perhaps Keeley’s just too kind. Regardless, her decision sets her on a whirlwind path to discovering old secrets and coming to face the truth that sometimes your past comes back to bite you in the butt.
I really enjoyed this cozy novel, Keeley seems likable without seeming perfect. She struggles a lot with her self-confidence and body image, especially with her mother around. The dynamic between Keeley and her mother is strained and you can’t help but feel bad for Keeley. However, I’m curious to see if the author will continue to explore Darla’s past and hopefully reveal more of why she is the way she is. I’m torn about Keeley’s relationship with Ben. He seems very bossy and that’s just not attractive in a mate.
I had a suspicion about who the murder was early on in the book. However, the author did a good job of not giving it away until the end and I completely missed the “why” until it was blatantly spelled out for me. I can appreciate a good mystery and I hope I get to read more from this author.