Murder by the Seashore by Samara Yew

Murder by the Seashore by Samara YewMurder by the Seashore by Samara Yew
Published by Crooked Lane Books on October 17, 2023
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Murder by the Seashore

Scarlett’s life was in a good place – living in a new town and opening Palm Trees and Page Turners, her dream bookshop with her boyfriend. Then Connor dumps her and the store. A walk on the beach turns grisly when she discovers a body. And things get worse when she’s the prime suspect because the dead woman’s left her a fortune. Now Scarlett has to clear her name, keep the bookshop going, and figure out why the mystery woman left her an inheritance.

MURDER BY THE SEASHORE is the first book in a debut cozy mystery series. The setting, a small tourist town, is pure SoCal beach vibes. Scarlett’s bookshop sounds like heaven and even has a wacky yet motherly assistant clerk, Evelyn. 

Scarlett definitely isn’t lacking for mysteries as she tries to clear her name – who’s the victim, why was she murdered, why did she leave Scarlett money, and who’s trying to frame her? The mystery was multi-layered and complex; the ending was a fantastic twist that I didn’t see coming. Lots of suspects and motives. Even Evelyn starts acting sus.

My thoughts about Murder by the Seashore

Scarlett is likable – while she’s unsure and hesitant at first, she grows stronger as the story progresses. I loved that her family was supportive. Her sister cheering her on from Australia was the definition of sisterly love and support. And everyone needs a kickass fierce bestie like Scarlett’s roomie Lucia. 

I’m eager to read the next book in the series!

Read if you want:

  • Tourist town with SoCal beach vibes
  • Bookstore
  • Delicious sushi
  • Jerk ex BF
  • Amazing BFF
  • Mysterious inheritance
  • But I’m innocent

In closing

Read if you’re a fan of Emmeline Duncan or Emily George.

Thank you Crooked Lane Booksfor the ARC of Murder by the Seashore.

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About Samara Yew

Samara Yew is a cozy mystery author who writes about adorable bookshops and dead bodies. Her new series is being released with Crooked Lane Books in 2023. A full-time mom, full-time dog servant, and part-time writer, Samara lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she can often be found watching Psych reruns. Samara loves to travel, especially visiting her husband’s home country of Singapore or donning Mickey ears in Disneyland. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.

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