The synopsis from Goodreads: “With an upcoming gallery show and a popular artist visiting Cranberry Island, art is on everyone’s minds–especially innkeeper Natalie Barnes. When Gwen, Natalie’s niece, is invited to present her paintings at the art show, Natalie is torn between worrying about stressed out Gwen, the arrival of her future mother-in-law, and the threat of foreclosure on the Gray Whale Inn. But then Natalie finds Gwen’s mentor dead. Will she uncover the truth behind this murder masterpiece?”
After receiving this ARC from Netgalley, I realized that I had actually read some of the earlier books in this series a few years ago. I was easily able to pick this one right up without going back to the others.
Natalie is always finding her way into trouble. Each book starts with a murder on tiny Cranberry Island. Nat either finds the body or is suspected of the crime. Yes, it’s formulaic, but there is comfort in that when done well.
My favorite thing about Brush with Death is the relationships. I especially love Natalie and her fiance, John. What’s not to love about a man who will start dinner for you, do the dishes and who is also an artist? The friendship between Nat and Charlene keeps things pretty light. I can picture voluptuous Charlene wearing her Christmas outfit, eating all of Nat’s baked goods and enticing the island’s men with her figure. Loved it!
We also get recipes for all the yummy food described through the pages. My favorite may be the Ricotta Berry Muffins.
There were a few minor plot points that I found far-fetched. But, overall, this is a good little mystery to read on a rainy Sunday afternoon. 4/5 stars.
Thanks to the publisher for providing an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.