Sunday, 4 March 2018

Savage Sourdough (Cozy Corgi Mysteries #4) by Mildred Abbott

 294 pages
Buy links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Also available through KU


Opening the Cozy Corgi in Estes Park is a dream come true: small-town charm, fresh-baked bread, hours by the fire reading mysteries, and… murder. 

For Winifred Page and her devoted corgi, Watson, the puzzle pieces of life are falling into place as they settle into their home in the Colorado mountains. Surrounded by family and friends, Fred begins to relax into the charm and beauty of being the owner of a bookshop and bakery. 

The buzz of possible romance—though Fred wasn’t looking for a relationship—has quieted as one of her suitors is no longer a viable option while the other has moved into the friend zone. But all thoughts of romance, wanted or not, fly out the window when Fred finds a dead body in the Cozy Corgi bakery… again. 

Things get stickier when Fred’s main suspect turns out to be a family member of one of the local police officers—the one who already despises Fred and her little dog. Determined not to let past grievances cloud her judgment, Fred tips her detective hat and pokes deeper into the murder investigation. But in a mystery that becomes smoke and mirrors, nothing is as it seems. 

The revelations Fred unveil threaten not only her picture-perfect world but her very life….


Not too long ago cosy mysteries were a go-to genre for me. When I lost myself in (MM) romance a few years ago, my mystery reading disappeared to the back-burner. Reading Savage Sourdough both reminded me how much I used to love these and other mysteries and made me realise that I’m losing a lot when I (mostly) limit myself to one genre.

Because what’s not to enjoy about a book filled with charming and fascinating characters, combined with a well-plotted mystery and a satisfying solution? Savage Sourdough provides all of that in spades.

I don’t want to say too much about the mystery in question except to say that it is intriguing, involves long held secrets, and comes with a fair amount of danger for Winifred and her friends.

And talking about Winifred, I have to admit I really liked her. Of course, it would be hard for me not to be charmed by a character who has more or less created my dream; a bookshop come coffee shop. Throw in her moody but adorable Corgi Watson (how appropriate is that name for the investigator’s side-kick?), and this book had charmed its way into my heart.

Overall this was a most enjoyable read. A fascinating mystery, interesting and quirky characters, some tension, and the suggestion of romance; what’s not to love?

I didn’t read the earlier Cozy Corgi Mysteries (an oversight I’ll have to fix as soon as possible). While I have to admit that I didn’t feel I missed out on anything due to lack of prior knowledge, I also have no doubt that I might have gotten even more enjoyment out of reading this book if I had read those earlier instalments.

Overall I have to say that if you happen to be a fan of this genre, the Cozy Corgi Mysteries come highly recommended.

The Author

Reading the Cozy Corgi series is pretty much all you need to know about Mildred. In real life, she’s obsessed with everything she writes about: Corgis, Books, Cozy Mountain Towns, and Baked Goods. She’s not obsessed with murder, however. At least not at her own hands (nor paid for… no contract killing here). But since childhood, starting with Nancy Drew, trying to figure out who-dun-it has played a formative role in her personality. Having Fred and Watson stroll into her mind was a touch of kismet.

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