Saturday, April 24, 2021

Book Review: UNLIKELY - Cassie Baxter Mysteries #4 by Cindy Blackburn

Synopsis (from Amazon)

Small sleuth, tiny town, unfailing fun. 

Welcome to Lake Elizabeth, Vermont, where the lake has finally thawed, spring has finally sprung, and Cassie Baxter is going nuts. Who wouldn’t go nuts when an innocent birdwatching outing with her young son uncovers an abandoned canoe? A canoe. Way, way up on Elizabeth Mountain. Unlikely? Oh, yeah. Especially since Cassie has a history of finding—troublesome—canoes. And speaking of troublesome, Cassie’s father has a new girlfriend. An—unlikely—girlfriend. In fact, unlikely romances are sprouting up all around the lake this spring. There’s Pru’s, and Maxine’s, and Lindsey’s and—And do any of these budding romances have a bearing on the murder? Have we mentioned the murder? We did say that unlikely canoe could only mean trouble, right? 

Get ready to live, love, lake, and LAUGH as Cassie Baxter and her whole gang of quirky and kooky supporting characters join forces to unravel yet another dastardly crime! Unlikely? You betcha! 

The Cassie Baxter Mysteries: They’re not Cue Balls, but they are screw balls.


Cassie Baxter is at it again, her focus back on the Pine Grove Inn. It’s all prompted by Truman finding part of a canoe, a hammer, and a mysterious third piece. Nothing exciting until the three-clues resemble a series of mob murders. Only there’s no body and the mean detective takes possession of the first two clues and wants the third. Cassie tries to prove her cockamamie, complicated, perhaps romantic theories much to the dismay of many. Each theory is as unlikely as the circumstances Cassie finds herself walking into. 

As with the others in the Cassie Baxter series, Unlikely is light, fun, and humorous and Cassie proves beyond a doubt she needs supervision. The characters are unique and not just the ones Chance Dooley deals with in her dad’s stories. There's the goats, the cat, and the dog. And Pru’s mottled attempts to mix drinks at the Inn. Cassie has lots of imagination as she concocts her theories and somehow she ends up solving two murders and coming to grips with her dad’s new lady friend. The pace is good, the humor is frequent. An enjoyable light read for when you need to escape. This is a new release and the fourth in the Cassie Baxter series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but it’s always best to start at the beginning.

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FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way. 

About the Author

Cindy Blackburn writes cozy mysteries because she thinks grim reality is way overrated. When she’s not thinking up unlikely plot twists and ironing out the quirks and kinks of her lovable characters, Cindy is feeding her fat cat Betty or taking long walks with her cute hubby John. A native Vermonter who hates snow, Cindy divides her time between the south and the north. Most of the year you’ll find her in South Carolina. But come summer she’ll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont. Yep, it’s a place very similar to Lake Elizabeth. Cindy’s favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory, her favorite movie is Moonstruck, and her favorite color is purple. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans.