Friday, October 18, 2019

Sabrina Carlson Cozy Mystery Anthology, by Meredith Potts (author), Lil Dubuque (narrator)

Meredith Potts, April 2019

This is a collection of short mysteries featuring Sabrina Carlson, who owns a coffee shop in Treasure Cove, California. She has a good manager for the shop, which is good, because these days she spends a lot of her time helping her husband, police detective David Carlson, investigate murders in the town of Treasure Cove. And it really runs in the family; their daughter, Jessica, has gone off to the police academy in San Francisco, determined to be a police detective herself.

I like Sabrina and David, as well as Jessica, Sabrina's parents, and her employees and friends. These are likable people, intelligent, and mostly practical. Sabrina doesn't go off and do dangerous things because No One Will Listen; this is no doubt helped by the fact that David does listen when she's found or noticed a fact that looks relevant. They also both have the ability to be wrong, without being wrong so often that you wonder how they can be successful at this.

Another nice feature, if you're looking for light entertainment and fun, is the open and unabashed enjoyment of coffee, brownies, chocolate...sweets. Aside from the coffee, they're really into sweets. Sabrina's coffee shop, The Daily Buzz, is of course the main source of coffee (including, shamelessly, eggnog lattes as the Christmas season approaches), but there's also a local bakery, a sandwich shop, and other food-oriented sources of joy in Treasure Cove.

They're not serious or challenging mysteries; they are a lot of fun. Recommended for light reading, or listening.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, and am reviewing it voluntarily.

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