“Strangled by Silk” by Barbara Jean Coast Book Review

By Ruth on October 13, 2013 in book, mystery, review

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Strangled by Silk: A Poppy Cove MysteryStrangled by Silk: A Poppy Cove Mystery by Barbara Jean Coast

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Indeed I couldn’t be happier with this lovely cozy mystery! The setting is perfect. The mystery is fascinating. And if you love fashion, this will be a delectable treat for you. Especially vintage fashion!

I never would have known that this book was actually written by two authors who have adopted a pen name. Their writing is absolutely seamless–I couldn’t tell where one began and one ended. I was intrigued by the fashion detail, and when I saw that one of the authors had this fashion background, it suddenly made sense. I am not a major fashionista by any means, but the detail was really a treat. The 1950’s are a time period that I adore, and I truly felt transported to that era within this book. The mystery was a throwback to that time, and I never found my interest waning. The characters were exquisite (even though high society and looks are not something that captures my attention). I did find the book a fairly solemn but mostly wholesome reading. There were only a few minor profanities, and they did not really bother me.

I always judge mysteries by the outcome and the cleverness of the sleuthing. While the revelation of the murderer did not overly astonish me, I didn’t have it completely solved either. I look forward to the next installment in this series. Poppy Cove is a quiet place full of nostalgia from a golden age within our country.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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43-year-old single mother of an active 14-year-old girl Born in Tacoma, WA; lives in Yelm, WA Entertainment Writer Available For Interviews and Reviews Substitute Teacher


  1. Barbara Jean Coast October 13, 2013 Reply

    Thank you so much for a wonderful review! Most importantly, Ruth, so happy you enjoyed your stay in Santa Lucia. You’re welcome back anytime. Toodles!

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