Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes

Posted November 14, 2018 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Mary Ellen Hughes, mystery/suspense / 9 Comments

about the book

SERIES: A Keepsake Cove Mystery #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Midnight Ink
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2018
PAGES: 264

As the new music box store owner and resident of Keepsake Cove, a quaint town full of collectible shops on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Callie Reed is eager to get more involved in her community. She volunteers to plan the Fall street decorations and welcome a visiting author who’s come for a special book signing. But the celebratory mood is cut short when the local B&B owner is found dead, killed by a pair of vintage scissors.

Suspicion is cast on the victim’s estranged wife, Dorothy, who owns Keepsake Cove’s vintage sewing shop. Callie is sure Dorothy is innocent, and the visiting author agrees. Together, they begin their own investigation, only to discover that many people in Keepsake Cove have secrets. Secrets that are worth killing to keep quiet.

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Other Books In This Series

A Vintage Death is the first book I’ve read in the Keepsake Cove series but it was fairly easy to catch up with who is who and the mood of the community. For its own part, Keepsake Cove is a charming collection of shops with adorable names and intriguing characters with their own set of eccentricities. Would love to vacation there and browse all the delightful shops!

The mystery is well-plotted with a couple of intriguing twists that were right up my alley. Callie is a relatable character in her own right, and the addition of quirky Lyssa Hammond (visiting author) to the amateur detective mix nicely complemented Callie’s more laidback style. Additionally, the music box angle – specifically the boxes that ‘randomly’ play on their own in key moments, almost as warnings, add a whole other layer of intrigue and curiosity.

Bottom Line: A Vintage Death is a charming cozy mystery with great characters and a whodunit with interesting twists. Keepsake Cove is delightful to read about, and Callie & Lyssa make a nice team. After the last sentence, I’m even more eager to read the next book and see what happens next!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Enjoyed it!

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about the author

Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries (Penguin), the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. A Fatal Collection is her debut with Midnight Ink. A Wisconsin native, she has lived most of her adult life in Maryland, where she’s set many of her stories. Visit her at

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9 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Vintage Death by Mary Ellen Hughes

  1. Thank you for your review on “A Vintage Death” by Mary Ellen Hughes and for being part of the book tour.

    Love everything about this book from the cover to the storyline. It’s on my TBR list and I can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  2. Paula Shreckhise

    Yes I have several pieces of jewelry that were my mother’s and grandmother’s. My husband has wooden things made by his grandfather and great grandfather. His mom made us several quilts, too.
    This looks like a great cozy!

  3. Jocelyn

    I have many keepsakes. Some from trips we have taken, others from family members. Thanks for the review.

  4. Dianne Casey

    I have some of my Mom’s jewelry, great keepsakes and memories. Keepsake Cove sounds charming, can’t wait to read the book.

  5. Vivian Furbay

    Sounds like a good mystery. I have my Mom’s portable Singer sewing machine made in 1948, my dad’s old Royal portable typewriter, and the Cedar chest he made for his Mom when he was in high school.

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