Freaky Seas and Fortune Funhouse – Mini Reviews

Cozy Mystery fun with these two very different but equally engrossing stories!

Mystic Caravan Circus is heading to Charleston and – per usual – trouble is not far behind.
For Poet Parker, who is grappling with saying goodbye to her assistant, she’s looking forward to quiet nights on the beach and quality time with her boyfriend. All that changes when the sea starts giving up its dead … and they appear to be hungry.
Under normal circumstances, zombies wouldn’t be a big deal. They’re slow, lumbering, and easy to dispatch. This infestation is different … and they appear to be controlled by a strange creature long since thought extinct.
Gorgons were believed to be things of myth and legend but one is haunting the beaches of Charleston … in close proximity to the circus and a writer’s retreat. In fact, the nutty individuals spouting fantastical stories and trying to one-up one another in the bluff house overlooking the circus grounds are all suspects because one of them is controlling the gorgon. Finding the individual responsible for causing endless upheaval and death is no easy task, though.
Poet is a fighter but this battle is all-encompassing.
Not every monster is obvious. Sometimes they hide behind human faces.
This time Poet is going to have to wade through layers of darkness to find the light. Surviving to see the final sunrise will take them all working together … and even then they might not be strong enough to claim victory.
Darkness is coming. Will anyone survive to see the dawn?

Available on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited.

This was another very enjoyable visit to the circus… well, once you don’t mind the circus really being an entertaining front for paranormal monster hunters.

The mystery to figure out is who or what is responsible for the rise of the undead, especially when a murder victim turns up. The story behind it is twisty and provides a mix of real and fictional Charleston history and legend. The final showdown is not overly dramatic but well-suited to the overall tone and nature of the story.

The continued character development with Poet and Kade, and Luke and Cole is spot on and a key reason I keep up with the series. Even the secondary characerts like Max and Raven evolve as the series progresses.

I wanted to give coz a higher rating but a couple issues were never properly explained/ closed up in terms of the motivation behind the murder and the where of the action. Also, I would have liked more details on the police interest/ involvement. However, I really did enjoy the writer’s retreat aspect and the ‘clash’ of personalities present there… and the writing / publishing insights were interesting too!

Overall, a very intriguing and entertaining read. 4/5 espresso shots.

Death is a roller coaster. The traveling carnival has made its stop in Sinful and everyone is ready for thrilling rides, challenging games, and most importantly, funnel cake. But when a man is murdered in the funhouse and Emmaline LeBlanc is knocked unconscious so the killer can escape, the good times are over. Carter is beside himself wanting to hunt down the man responsible for putting his mother in the hospital, but he can’t investigate when he’s related to one of the victims. 

Palmer Reed was well known as a boy by most everyone in Sinful for being a sneak, a liar, and sometimes a thief. As an adult, he continued his reign of underachieving and mostly making people angry wherever he went. Now he’s a state police detective and is assigned to the case, but Fortune knows that to get Carter the answers he needs, Swamp Team 3 has to take on the investigation. As they dig deep into the confusion and lies that surround the murder, they uncover a secret that could devastate Carter and Emmaline, but Fortune is determined to discover the truth…whatever that may be. 

Available on Amazon.

We’re back in crazy Sinful and I absolutely loved it. In fact, I think this is one of he best Miss Fortune books I’ve read in a while. Admittedly, the caricatured version of Gertie remains a sore spot for me, but at least this time we were spared Fortune’s multiple claims and explanations of why she had to be so independent and couldn’t really compromise with Carter.

Perhaps because this time Carter’s hands are tied and he ends up working with, or at least encouraging, the sleuthing shenanigans of Fortune, Gertie and Ida Belle, things are even more hilarious. The plot, however, is a bit more involved than in more recent stories. There are the new elements introduced in this story mixed together with characters we already know (and love). The story is a bit twisty and I couldn’t quite grasp how everything would be connected and what the true motivations were. I loved that. Also, the final showdown and big reveal had the perfect mix of suspense, drama and humour. Gotta love a story where a wild crocodile named Godzilla has recurring character status.

Overall, another colourful expedition into the bayous of Louisiana! 4.5/5 espresso shots.

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