Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Longing is Violet Dusk by Josalyn McAllister

Posted November 18, 2022 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, Josalyn McAllister / 8 Comments

LONGING IS VIOLET DUSK by Josalyn McAllister
Hazel Dean Mysteries #2
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Eburnean Books
RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2022
PAGES: 302

After a stressful foray into crime fighting, Hazel Dean is relieved to resume normality, taking care of her family and book shop–until her ability to see emotions in color pulls her into another crisis.

One night at book club, Hazel sees a swirl of jarring purple, blue and black encompass a young mother. Realizing that the woman might be in trouble, Hazel recommends a book that she hopes will provide some comfort and guidance.

To her horror, the young mother goes missing the following week. Hazel feels responsible and becomes obsessed with finding her. But the search isn’t the only thing Hazel is juggling. She’s also trying to help the missing woman’s children, evade a young reporter, and deal with the sudden reappearance of an old high school flame.

With all of Hazel’s efforts, can the missing woman be found before it’s too late?


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Longer review coming later…

Bottom Line: Hazel Dean is one of the most intriguing cozy mystery heroines I can ever remember reading about. In Longing is Violet Dusk, Hazel’s unique gift of being able to see people’s emotions as colors once again helps her put the pieces together – or at least makes her so curious about people’s reactions that she can’t help but get involved. The first half of the book is really setting the groundwork for the faster-moving second half, a technique that serves the story & the setting well. I loved the North Georgia mountain locale and I wish Hazel’s bookshop was real because I would so drive the two hours to hang out with her. This is a cozy mystery that stays within the formula while also managing to stand out!

(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 stars / enjoyed it

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Josalyn McAllister is a cozy fiction author whose most recent works include Love Over Easy and Guilt is Midnight Blue. Josalyn started writing character descriptions at the tender age of seven, inspired by the works of LM Montgomery. In her teenage years, she moved on to Newsies fan fiction. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month, she wrote her first novel about a child she mentored in college. She has never stopped writing. Josalyn taught middle school history before deciding she would rather spend time with her own children than other people’s. A restless soul, she has moved all over the country and collected an eclectic array of hobbies. Her writing has a relatable quality that will charm and entertain you.

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8 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Longing is Violet Dusk by Josalyn McAllister

  1. Cheri M

    I just read a book “I Spy My Guy” and the actual book that Anna Karenina is the character in, was a major clue in that story! It hadn’t been checked out in the library for over 20 years and the character in the story who checked it out, found written notes left in the book and tracked down the “writer” of those notes! Good story, but funny (and first time) that something in a book I read is mentioned in an entirely different place for an entirely different reason! Books – gotta love ‘um!!!!

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