After the death of her husband, Poppy McAllister returns to Cape May, New Jersey to take care of her elderly, purple-haired Aunt Ginny and also help her operate a bed and breakfast. Keeping watchful eyes on Aunt Ginny and her wild and crazy antics; overseeing the remodeling of the bed and breakfast with all its blunders; the unexpected visit from her meddling mother-in-law; being wooed by two men for her heart, Poppy has become a sensation baking Paleo sweet delicacies.
Aunt Ginny’s night time medication has a startling side effect which causes her to sleepwalk and break into the homes of her neighbors, help herself to a midnight snack and take a trophy from her nocturnal escapades. When Poppy and Aunt Ginny think all is well in the neighborhood, Aunt Ginny has been accused and arrested for the murder of one of Cape May’s humanitarians.
I have never snickered and laughed out loud so much while reading a book. I enjoyed every page in this cozy mystery. Aunt Ginny’s shenanigans are hilarious and never-ending. Her humor jumps off the pages. She reminds me of the “Golden Girls” Sophia with purple hair. What I enjoyed about Poppy’s character is that she’s a 40-something protagonist who has real daily struggles of living a healthy lifestyle and a dry sense of humor. The mother-in-law’s character was entertaining, although I felt annoyed with her at times.
The author did an excellent job developing several plots and strategically connecting them. It was easy to follow and the story flowed smoothly. The events happened in a timely manner without a rushed conclusion. The romance wasn’t over the top and I hope in the next installment, we find out who will be Poppy’s love interest.
Midnight Snacks Are Murder by Libby Klein is the second installment of the Poppy McAllister series. This lively story will have you doubled over with laughter. Also, at the end of the story are Paleo recipes which look very appetizing. I look forward to baking a few of them.
Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Publishing for an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.