A Mug of Mayhem by Angela Ruth Strong – Book Review

Posted September 9, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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A Mug of Mayhem by Angela Ruth Strong – Book Review

A Mug of Mayhem

by Angela Ruth Strong

Series: The CafFUNated Mysteries #4
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Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date September 5, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Ohio Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 220


When their wedding venue becomes a crime scene, the bride and groom are in for a real trick-or-treat.

One week before Marissa plans to get married at her fiancé’s farm, Connor is arrested for a murder in the corn maze. Marissa and her maid of honor, Tandy, must prove the groom innocent before the wedding is canceled.

With a coffee shop to run, family visiting from out of town, and preparations for the big day, time is running out. The senior citizens who’d been at the farm during the homicide offer to help investigate, but are they witnesses or suspects? A cranky military veteran goes rogue and disappears with his gun, a retired spy suffers from dementia, and a former Broadway star still seems to be putting on a show. Unless the real killer is unmasked, death could do them all part.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: A Caffeine Conundrum, A Cuppa Trouble, A Latte Difficulty

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It’s so hard to picture noble Connor suspected of murder – but he was! And there was good reason for the sheriff to believe him guilty and, therefore, Connor wound up in jail!

I enjoyed the mayhem and misdirection throughout. I must have changed my hypothesis of who the murderer was at least four or five times, and not necessarily because Tandy and Marissa suspected the one I thought was guilty.

Zam, who we met in a previous story, returned and was as amusing and entertaining as before. I’m not sure if he will be the focus of a future story – but if he is, it is bound to be fascinating!

The anctics of the retirement home residents added such a fun touch to A Mug of Mayhem! Despite my suspicion of at least one of them, they were delightful characters! Birdie was most certainly my favorite – the former spy with dementia and a sweet tooth. And who retained her skills for breaking and entering!

I really enjoyed seeing Marissa mature throughout the story as she began to realize how insignificant her concern over her public image and her desire to impress her family were. And, how much more important the people in her life are than how they might perceive her. One of my complaints about her in previous stories was her intense focus on appearance.

As with the other stories in The CafFUNated Mysteries series, this one picks up without much intro or backstory, so you’ll want to be sure to read them all.

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About Angela Ruth Strong

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first Christian romance novel in 2009 then quit writing romance when her husband left her. Ten years later, God has shown her the true meaning of love, and there’s nothing else she’d rather write about. Her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been optioned for film, won the Cascade Award, and been Amazon bestsellers. She also writes non-fiction for SpiritLed Woman. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she teaches as an expert online at WRITE THAT BOOK.

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