Josiah Reynolds is a retired art professor who keeps honeybees as a hobby. She lives in an iconic house called the Butterfly designed by her now deceased husband.
An amateur sleuth, Josiah lives in the glamorous world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum mansions, struggling to uncover the truth in the Kentucky Bluegrass, which keeps its secrets well.
In "Death By Bourbon", charming and handsome Addison DeWitt takes a sip of bourbon at an engagement party and falls into a fit a few minutes later. Josiah thinks it was murder, but no one believes her except for her friends, Lady Elsmere and Meriah Caldwell, the famous mystery writer.
The three of them try to outsmart the suspected murderer, but the killer is always three steps ahead of them in this fast-paced, witty and fun who-dun-it!
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I choose to review this book because it was a cozy mystery. I am very glad I did. This book is the fourth book of a series and while I knew I was missing some of the back story, I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. I will definitely go looking for books one thru three. This book was a quick read as the pages turned very quickly. I loved the quirkiness of the characters and the main character Josiah was excellent. I love cozy mystery series that continue to build on one another and can see the potential and obviously what I missed. There are times when the phrases and language use older terms and sound a little English in nature, and while at first I was not confused, but maybe surprised, this really gave the story flair. I also loved Josiah’s pet Mastiff. Learned a few little facts about Mastiffs in this book. I’m excited to go back and read the earlier books in the series as I would really like to get some more background on Josiah’s daughter, Asa. When first introduced to her in this book, I was totally intrigued and would choose her as my favorite character. All in all, this was a great read and I would recommend to any cozy mystery reader.
Abigail Keam in her new book, “Death By Bourbon” Book Four in the Josiah Reynolds Mystery series published by Worker Bee Press brings us another mystery to be solved by Josiah Reynolds. From the back cover: Life takes a dramatic turn for Josiah when she witnesses a death at an engagement party for guess who . . . Matt. Matt? Yes Matt. Charming socialite Addison DeWitt falls into a fit after taking a sip of bourbon. That would be upsetting enough, but Josiah is sure it is murder. However, no one will believe her except for Lady Elsmere and Meriah Caldwell, the famous mystery writer. The three of them conspire to bring the murderer to justice. It turns out that the suspect is always three steps ahead of them. To make matters worse, Josiah’s daughter, Asa, decides to move to London, Franklin leaves town and Jake starts singing a different tune. Josiah doubts her ability to meet the future alone. Maybe it’s time to sell the Butterfly and move to Florida with the rest of the old folks. When I was growing up I read Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or watched Jessica Fletcher in “Murder, She Wrote” on TV. I guess I got used to a certain mystery style and was kind of shocked when I started reading about Josiah Reynolds. Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher she isn’t. The Kentucky setting is a lot of fun and, I think, the murder is unique, the victim dies right in the middle of a party. However I felt the overall approach was “mystery light” and focused more on the drama going on in Josiah’s life. And there is quite a bit of drama. I suppose this is the 21st Century mystery story and I see that others really liked this book and this series. I guess I am not a 21st Century mystery reader and cannot see what they see. I am sorry about that too as I really wanted to enjoy this book and then the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worker Bee Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Death by Bourbon is the 4th in a series of mysteries by author Abigail Keam and was the first I read in the series. That did cause a bit of a problem when certain circumstances were mentioned that threw me off a bit. That said I found this to be a fun story that I read in one afternoon. I enjoyed the authors writing style and the plot kept me interested in the story. Who was the killer?? The ending was unexpected, sure didn't see that one coming. I think I will have to go back and read the first three in the series. For a nice murder mystery you need to get a copy of this book..you won't be disappointed.