Book of the Day
BEIGNETS AND BROOMSTICKS
Review by Sheila Sobel
In the third book of the Maggie Miller Mystery series, Beignets and Broomsticks, J.R. Ripley does it again with a Cozy perfect for a relaxing afternoon of guilty pleasure. Murder, mayhem, a surplus of suspects and a cursed espresso machine make for a read as delightful and airy as a plate of fresh beignets.
Halloween, a time for costumes, candy, revelry, and murder? While delivering a warm batch of beignets to the apartment of a regular customer, Nancy, a secretive writer, Maggie stumbles upon her cold, dead body, slumped in a chair, with a cashmere scarf wound tightly around her neck.
Once again Maggie Miller is caught in the middle of murder. Maggie kicks it into high gear as only Maggie can, with an unwanted yoga class, bonding with her nemesis Veronica Vargas, a visit to the Sacred Church of Witchkraft and an exorcism. When Maggie discovers the body of the local treasure hunter, she is like a dog after a dropped beignet, determined to find the truth behind the killings.
And for a little extra flavor, add in the handsome Detective Mark Highsmith and attractive reporter Brad Smith to achieve that special blend of romantic conflict et voilà, you have a satisfying blend of mystery, humor and excitement with a dash of sweetness and light.
Sheila Sobel’s debut novel Color Blind was the winner of the 2017 Killer Nashville Reader’s Choice Award for Best Tween/YA Fiction and Finalist for the 2017 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA Fiction. She was also nominated for the 2016 Allegra Johnson Prize in Novel Writing through the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
As a Senior Auditor for Warner Bros., Sheila oversaw production costs for films including “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” the “Matrix” trilogy, “The Dark Knight” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” After working on 70+ Independent and Studio movies, Sheila stepped away from the film business to complete her first YA novel.
Sheila is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), Sisters in Crime (SinC), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Children’s Book Writers-LA (CBW-LA) and Women in Film (WIF). She lives in Southern California with her husband, two rescue dogs and one rescue cat.