January 18, 2023

Snuffed Out by Valona Jones

Snuffed Out by Valona JonesSnuffed Out by Valona Jones
Series: Magic Candle Shop Mystery #1
Published by Crooked Lane Books on January 10, 2023
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads
three-stars

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 Snuffed Out

30-year-old fraternal twins Tabby and Sage Winslow own The Book and Candle Shop in Savannah. Sage is hot-headed and impulsive while Tabby is calm and collected, making them the perfect partnership. When one of their customers is found murdered, from a blow to the head, that partnership is tested.

Blithe McAdam had been seen in a heated argument with shop clerk Gerard, which immediately makes him suspect number one. The twins are convinced of Gerard’s innocence and start digging into Blithe’s past. But no one is cooperating. The neighbor who found the body isn’t talking, medical examiner Quig won’t give any details about the autopsy, and nasty rumors begin surfacing about the drowning of Blithe’s father years earlier—evidence that could seal Gerard’s fate.

Tabby and Sage dig desperately for the truth. But it’s not only their friend who’s in peril. With the clock ticking, the twins find themselves in the grip of an unseen and deadly energy that has seeped into their midst—and in the sights of a ruthless killer.

My thoughts about Snuffed Out

 enjoyed Tabby and the descriptions of her candle-making. The Book and Candle Shop sounds dreamy. The mystery had several layers to it with enough reveals to keep me intrigued and guessing.

While the story is set in Savannah, limiting it to a historic business district gives it a small-town feel where Tabby can question other business owners and local officials. 

There’s a secondary storyline with Tabby’s magic – because of a tragic incident in her past, she refuses to use her powers to their full potential. At times, I found myself wanting more magic and less murder because the magic is unique and intriguing.

In closing

A perfect read if you’re looking for a southern spiced cozy with a scent of magic.

Thank you Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.

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About Valona Jones

Valona Jones writes paranormal cozy mysteries set in Southern locales. Her work blends mystery and the unexplained, along with a sprinkle of romance. A former scientist, she’s drawn to the study of personal energy. She sharpened her people-watching skills as a lifelong introvert and thankfully had a bank vault full of personal observations when she began to write fiction.

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