Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Burden of Poof by Julie Anne Lindsey

Posted September 22, 2021 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Julie Anne Lindsey, Julie Chase, mystery/suspense / 11 Comments

Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Cozy Queen Publishing LLC
RELEASE DATE: September 15, 2021
PAGES: 254

An amateur sleuth named Bonnie and her kitty companion Clyde, with names like those, what could possibly go wrong?

Life hasn’t sparkled too brightly for Bonnie Balfour over the past few years, but a heart-breaking divorce has brought her back to her small rural hometown of Bliss, Georgia, and things are starting to shape up.

The proud new owner of Bless Her Heart—a second chance dress shop and boutique on the town square—Bonnie thinks thirty-eight might not be too late for a fresh start in life after all.

Until a grouchy old widow turns up dead in a pile of donations meant for Bonnie’s shop, and the town’s new detective pins her to the top of his suspect list!

To save her shop, dream and reputation, Bonnie must coordinate clues and stitch together the truth about her innocence, but the unreasonably handsome detective and prying eyes of the local gossip mill are fast fraying her nerves.

When a series of anonymous attacks begin to hem her in, Bonnie fears the real killer is fixing to make her his next victim. Can this amateur sleuth measure up?


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Any time I hear about a new cozy mystery series by Julie Anne Lindsey (or her alter ego, Julie Chase), I do a giddy little happy dance on the inside. Her characters always draw me in, they complement the setting perfectly, and there’s sure to be a swoony, smoldering love interest for the heroine. Burden of Poof checks all of these boxes AND adds in one of my favorite elements – magical realism! The charming town of Bliss, Georgia, has its fill of quirky people and places – a matchmaker who’s never wrong, a bookstore with a mind of its own, a dotty great aunt who talks with plants & animals. I LOVE IT! And I can’t wait to spend many more delightful hours with the people & places of Bliss through the pages of this series.

I liked Bonnie well enough at first ‘sight’ and loved her generous heart right away, but it’s when we get to see her a bit more through Mason’s eyes that I really came to adore her. His banter with her, calling her pocket-sized and a pixie, etc. with delight in his eyes, made her all the more endearing to me. While the story is told exclusively through Bonnie’s perspective, the author does a great job of integrating the swoony detective’s draw to Bonnie and creating sizzling romantic tension with a few low murmurs and charged looks. And even though the mystery is the main point of the book, this romantic potential between them is another of the things that will keep me impatiently waiting for each new book in the series.

As for the mystery, I thought it was very well plotted – full of plenty of suspects, red herrings, and motives. Bonnie’s own investigation allows us an organic way to get to know the town of Bliss and became acquainted with its eccentricities while we’re on the hunt for the killer right along with her. There were a couple of twists I didn’t see coming, and I think Bonnie and her feline sidekick Clyde may just give the swoony detective a run for his money – or at least his Yankee investigative skills!

Bottom Line: Oh my goodness! What a fun start to a new series by one of my fave cozy authors! A quirky, small Southern town, a swoony new detective, an endearing heroine, a cleverly constructed plot and a bit of magical realism thrown in for good measure? Yes please! I loved every minute of Burden of Poof and my chance to read book 2 cannot come soon enough.

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

My Rating: 4.5 stars / loved it!!

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Julie Anne Lindsey is an award-winning and bestselling author of mystery and romantic suspense. She’s published more than forty novels since her debut in 2013 and currently writes series as herself, as well as under multiple pen names, for Harlequin, Kensington, Sourcebooks and Crooked Lane Books.

When Julie’s not creating new worlds or fostering the epic love of fictional characters, she can be found in Kent, Ohio, enjoying her blessed Midwestern life. And probably plotting murder with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Learn more about Julie at

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