What I Loved:
I loved our main character, MacKenzie’s curious habits. She has obviously been a bit nosy her whole life, her brother, the Pastor even comments on it. I thought it was an endearing trait and made her relatable.
How I Felt:
This is officially my FIRST cozy mystery! One of my 2020 goals was to read one and I’m so glad I got the chance to read this one! If you haven’t read a cozy mystery before, they are a sub-genre of crime fiction taking place in a small town. Violence and sexually are downplayed making the story softer for readers that enjoy a mystery, but don’t want all the gritty details.
The characters included a wide variety of personalities from grizzly and grumpy to syrupy-sweet. I appreciated the differences in these characters and felt that it led to a well-rounded story.
The plot started just like a mystery should….on a dark and stormy night. It was a fun and mysterious read. When MacKenzie and her brother find the murdered body of a judge, she is immediately on the task as an amateur sleuth. Ignoring the slights from detectives telling her to stick to casseroles, she goes to task to solve this case.
Overall, this was a cozy read. A wonderful and enjoyable story for readers of this genre! With delightful characters and an intriguing mystery, readers will enjoy Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver.
To Read or Not To Read:
This book has a dominate christian theme with prayer, devotion, and christian characters. This is perfect for someone looking for a christian mystery!
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The first book in the Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery Series!
“Fiction is a waste of time.”
The heated comment made by a church library ministry team member shocks MacKenzie Baker, but it quickly becomes the least of her worries.
MacKenzie Baker is an impetuous, eavesdropping small-town librarian who lives in the apartment above the parsonage garage and refuses to be defined as the pastor’s single sister. She thought she was happy for years re-shelving books and helping patrons find their next great read, but as she turns forty, she suddenly struggles to figure out what more to do with her life. Solving murders in her small town of Grace Pointe wasn’t a part of her plan…until she and her brother find a local judge who had come to Pastor Baker for counseling murdered in his chambers, hit over the head with a massive volume of the Indiana Code.
Now, to clear the name of a family friend, she begins to work with the handsome criminal justice professor Ian Canter. Even though the detective with the chocolate brown eyes tells her to stick with making casseroles for the church pitch-in, she soon discovers the Judge’s scheming wife, his rebellious teen daughter, a network of lawyers in Grace Point who were disgruntled with the Judge, and even secrets that lurk among the library ministry team. But with the help of her new kitten Mr. Darcy, her best friend Callie, and her always-pastoring brother, MacKenzie debates the pros and cons of attending law school mid-life while she searches out a killer.
Welcome to Grace Pointe… where most of the people are friendly, the church is to die for, and the sleuthing is as strong as the coffee.
- Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver
- Grace Pointe Cozy Mysteries Series Book 1
- Genre: Cozy Mystery
- Page Count: 214 pages
- Publisher: Carol Street Books
- Pub Date: October 28, 2019
By sixth grade, Meghan Carver knew she wanted to write. After earning a degree in English from Millikin University, she detoured to law school, earning a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University. She then worked in immigration law and taught Comp 101 at the local college.
Now, she home-schools her six children with her college professor husband, writing her stories of cozy mystery and romantic suspense in the nooks and crannies of her time. Her debut novel hit the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. When she isn’t writing, homeschooling, or planning the family’s next travel adventure, she is active in her church, sews for her kidlets, and reads.
I received this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.