Title: The Glitter End
Author: Vivian Conroy
Series: Stationery Shop Mysteries #3
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Book Source: Netgalley
“Stationery shop owner Delta Douglas is finally settling into small-town life in Tundish, Montana. But with the tourist season drying up, she must find a way to draw in her stationery shop clientele. Well-known artist Tilly Tay is just the ticket—and her new miniature gold mining display is sure to be a hit attraction in town.
But on the day of the grand reveal, Delta discovers a tiny prospector dead in the exhibit. That’s when a body is found at the nearby motel, perfectly mirroring the miniature murder. Soon enough, Delta’s artist guest is suspected of the crime and her shop is suddenly cast under a cloud of bad press. With her faithful Paper Posse at her side, Delta must pull no paper punches to crack the case and save Wanted’s reputation before more trouble comes into the fold.” – Amazon
The Stationery Shop Mystery series by Vivian Conroy is slowly going downhill for me, but I keep hoping! I’ll try book four when it comes out, but if it doesn’t get better, I’ll be stopping since there are so many other cozy mystery series out there!
In The Glitter End, Conroy continues to write fantastic descriptions of the town, and while her characters are developed, there is so much room to get to know the Paper Posse more. We get a bit more action with all the dogs in the story, but Hazel is lost in this book and the way she’s treating her potential romantic partner is getting old.
And talking about romantic partners, Delta’s whole middle school attitude with her love interest really annoyed me. I found myself skimming those sections since it was basically her acting like a tween and not the strong protagonist she’s been in previous books.
The mystery itself was good with a few red herrings, but once you find out what one of the people did for a living, it was pretty easy to guess it was them. Although I thought it was a team effort, so that was a nice twist at the end.
If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in The Stationery Shop Mysteries, there’s a good chance you’ll like this one. But, if like me, you feel like they are missing the mark, you may want to get The Glitter End from the library to read before you decide to purchase your own copy.
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