A Death at the Yoga Cafe (Keeley Carpenter #2) by Michelle Kelly
Genre: Cozy mystery
*I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
Hmmm… what to say about this book that I did not say about the first book.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Keeley Carpenter has found her center. After returning to Befrey, the traditional English village she called home ten years ago, she’s opened her dream yoga café, which doubles as both a yoga studio and a delicious vegetarian café. Even better, Keeley is dating handsome Detective Ben Taylor, and things are beginning to look serious.
Too bad things never seem to run smoothly for long. Eager to get involved with the local community, Keeley sets up a booth at the annual Belfrey Arts Festival, along with her nemesis, fellow small business owner Raquel. Preparing herself to play nice, she’s shocked when Raquel’s boyfriend, Town Mayor Gerald, is found dead after a public spat. Despite Ben’s strict warnings to stay out of it, Keeley isn’t going to let an innocent woman take the blame for the murder—even if it is glamorous, spoiled Raquel.
Now Keeley must balance a precarious murder investigation with the demands of her growing business and now-strained relationship. But when the killer takes a personal interest in Keeley, can she find the culprit before she gets bent out of shape?
Everyone claims Keeley solved the murder in the first book and believes her to be an adept detective when both are false. I will say in this book she does more snooping and I can see how she may be a good detective, but still no dice.
Her boyfriend, Ben, is one of my favorite characters and the one I think it the most level-headed and realistic. He is in the right when he tries to get his own girlfriend to stop asking questions and potentially screwing up the case. Isn’t that considered interference? At least in America I think we have a law against it… anyhow, I completely agree with him because she is an amateur and totally clueless in how obvious what she is doing is.
*sigh* I also want to mention that Gerald, the dead man in this book, was planning on a one way trip somewhere else in the last book….so I guess he didn’t go?
I also liked Megan and the town dynamics, which were cozy and nice. I actually liked this book more than the first, although that might be because I skimmed a lot of paragraphs where no one was talking. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything in the story.
As an aside, I also think that the title of this book and the first book should have been swapped since in the first THERE IS a murder at the cafe, but in this one…there isn’t….
I do think people who like cozy mysteries set in England with an amateur detective might really enjoy these. There are some yummy looking recipes in the back and Yoga poses through the book for people to try. It is a nice book and if this is your thing, totally try it out.
I think, I will need a break from cozy mysteries for a while.