Blog Tour for Midnight Snacks Are Murder

Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein

 

About the Book


Midnight Snacks are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (July 31, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496713056
Digital ASIN: B0776HFC8V

When her sleepwalking aunt is accused of committing murder, Poppy McAllister finds out there’s no rest for the weary . . .

Between trying to get her gluten-free baking business off the ground and helping her aunt remodel her old Victorian into the Butterfly House Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey, Poppy is ready to call, “Mayday!” And now Aunt Ginny—who’s a handful wide-awake—is sleepwalking on her new sleeping pill prescription and helping herself to neighbors’ snacks and knickknacks.

Even more alarming, a local humanitarian who worked with troubled teens is found murdered, and the police suspect the “Snack Bandit.” Other than a bad case of midnight munchies and some mild knickknack kleptomania, Aunt Ginny is harmless. Someone’s trying to frame her. Poppy will need to work tirelessly to uncover the killer and put the case to rest—before Aunt Ginny has to trade in her B & B for a bunk bed behind bars . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Poppy’s Kitchen!

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Review

I enjoyed the first in this series and can happily say the same about the second! This one was just as laugh out loud funny as book number one.  In case you’re wondering, you really don’t need to read the first to enjoy the second. Midnight Snacks works as a stand alone. You can catch up on any key info easily and there are no spoilers in case you do want to go back to book one.

The characters:

Poppy is going strong in her journey of self-betterment. She’s committed to her diet and exercise and to standing up for herself more.  The scene where she finally tells her (former) mother-in-law a thing or two was glorious.

Aunt Ginny is a crazy as ever.  We get bits of info about her past and see how devoted Poppy is to her.  Libby writes this eccentric old lady who is beloved by friends and neighbours and who always delivers a great laugh.

Sawyer is back.  We see Poppy’s best friend hiding a secret of her own yet still trying to make time for her friend in need.

The love triangle: I’m not a huge fan of love triangles so this is not my favourite part of the story. However, it’s so well-written! And it’s not a secret. Gia is suave and sweet and hot… ask Judy who insisted on walking behind him just to enjoy the view! Tim is nostalgic and charming and cute. He was Poppy’s first love. I have no idea which one Poppy will eventually pick. But I think part of me is rooting for Gia.

The murder mystery aspect is very well plotted. There were several possible murder weapons, suspects, good motives and opportunities. The red herrings abound as well. A couple of those suspects I would have happily seen tossed in jail though!

The pacing is done right throughout the book. The tension is also well-done. Poppy finds herself in just the right amount of hot water to make the tale interesting but not too much to induce eye rolling.

Favourite parts:

I wanted to choose just one favourite part but I couldn’t decide between these two:

  1. The party bus search party for Aunt Ginny.
  2. Aunty Ginny playing escape artist.

 

Least favourite:

Amber.  We gotta get to the bottom of the real Amber story!

 

Favourite quotes:

…I was too tired to grouse this morning about what God had given me and Betty Crocker had perfected…

 

…I let a bleary-eyed Sawyer in to help keep an eye on the Gangsta Granny. “How’d it go last night?” 

I sighed. “The schnapps helped. She didn’t try to escape until around five a.m.” 

“Is that why there’s an Officer Birkwell in front of the mailbox?” 

“He had the pleasure of frisking her, to fish her spare car keys out of her bloomers this morning.”

 

Those kids could text the Constitution in thirty seconds using just emojis.

 

Overall this was a very fun read and a great follow-up to Class Reunions Are Murder.

 

I give this book 4.5/5 snacking espresso shots!

4.5 Shots

About the Author

Libby Klein dabbles in the position of Vice President of a technology company which mostly involves bossing other people around, making spreadsheets, and taking out the trash. She writes culinary cozy mysteries from her Northern Virginia office while trying to keep her cat Figaro off her keyboard.
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  1. Great and funny review Nina. I am going to have to read these books, I love a cozy mystery with comedy wrapped all up in a ball. Aunt Ginny sounds like my type of auntie. I had an aunt Ginny but she passed on to to the good Lord. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Boy Lori sure knows how to pick some winners doesn’t she? Have a wonderful day honey🙂

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      1. I know… I loved both your books. I had great fun reading and reviewing them. You are a fab and fun writer… 😘
        Can I take a few minutes and just say – thank you. It is not often when I see an author commenting and interacting with us…well…me 😉 so I am so happy you did that. It just made my day. You just made me your fan!!! 😘😍💕❤️

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      2. And Libby, I loved your quotes in the beginning for chunky girls and for bullies….
        Hey Nicole, I remember quotes…. Well this one I did because Libby said to all bullies – she won!!

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      3. Thank you Shalini. High school drama makes you feel like you’ll never get past the hurt, but then you grow up and you realize what a small part of life that was. It was a shallow, little pond and we were bullied by insignificant fish that were just a little bit more important than we were. How nice to have the best days of our lives ahead of us instead of during adolescence.

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  2. I’ve never visited your blog before, but I really enjoyed it, and your review of Midnight Snacks are Murder ~ Thanks for being on the Great Escapes Tour!

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  3. Oh, this sounds so fun and funny, Nina! Loved the quotes and your review! I also love that you can read this as a standalone, but also that it’s cohesive if you are continuing from book one. I think that takes a lot of talent. Happy Friday, Nina!

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  4. Okay… I NEED to read these books. Your review for the first book really made me want to read it, and this one?! Can I steal my neighbours snacks and knickknacks and BLAME it on sleep walking?? And a party bus search party?! 😂😂 This one sounds AMAZING!! I LITERALLY need these in my life right now!! 😁 Ordering them both RIGHT NOW!! 💖

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  5. Thank you so much for reviewing Midnight Snacks Are Murder! And for the fabulous blog post!! 4.5 snacking espresso shot is very high praise! I can not give any information about the love triangle – but – you have my word that it will not go on for long. Thank you for the kind words. xoxo

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