Mar 14, 2014

Book Review: KEEPING MUM by Alyse Carlson

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Title: Keeping Mum:A Garden Society Mystery by Alyse Carlson
Published March 4, 2014; Berkley
Genre: cozy mystery

Book beginning:
Re: Fundraiser/Mystery Supper 
This Sunday a veritable who's who in Virginia at  Hunting Hills Country Club will gather for a Murder Mystery Supper and Fund-raiser where Jared Koonz is expected to announce his candidacy for the Virginia State Senate. 
Page 56:  
"Ella Chamberlain Schultz. Gold digger. I think Annie is her dad's primary heir, so Ella is better off with Senator Schultz alive than dead." 
About the book: Things start to go wrong from the get-go at this murder mystery supper. A well-known financier is found dead in the gardens of the country club, not the intended victim in the plan for the murder mystery. And retired Senator Schultz, Annie's dad, has gone missing. Annie and her friend Cam, both members of the Roanoke Garden Society hosting the supper, must find out if the two events are related.

My comments: There are so many possibilities here for solving the murder of the financier and the disappearance of Annie's dad, the Senator. The two women, Annie and Cam, with the help of their significant others, Rob and Jake, set out to find the solution in a maze of conflicts, suspicious motives, and interlocking relationships among guests at the mystery murder supper.

The different solutions for solving this murder keep the reader going. I wasn't able to guess the culprit(s) so this was a well planned plot. The main characters and even the suspects are fully developed personalities. The story line, setting, and people are realistic and seem very authentic. Because of the detail of place and interactions, in many ways a plus for the novel, I nevertheless felt this made the cozy a little too long.

You will love Annie and Cam though, and I would like to read more about them in future books in the series.

Thanks to the publisher for a review copy of this book. 


  1. Sounds like a busy Sunday for everyone who's attending the country club! Thanks for sharing this opening, happy reading :)

    My Friday Book Memes

  2. I love mysteries. Thanks for sharing this one. Here is my post: Mixed Book Bag

  3. This sounds good! I need to read more cozies. :)

  4. I enjoy cozy mysteries and this sounds like a good one. It's always fun to take a peek at the lifestyles of the "other half" and visit their country club soirees. Sounds like an entertaining story.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: WEB OF TYRANNY.

  5. It does sound really good. I love cozies!

    Happy weekend!

  6. I love the idea of this series -- Garden Society Mysteries. Fun! That beginning sets the whole thing up very tidily. Thanks for sharing this one with BBOF!

  7. Sounds like a good one! I love cozies but haven't read one lately.

  8. Sounds like a good one, even if it was too long.


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