This past year saw the debut of a new cozy mystery series by Gilian Baker – The Jade Blackwell Cozy Mystery Series. The first book, Blogging is Murder, was released in February; it was followed by A Time To Kiln on July 30th.
Disenchanted with life after solving her first real case, Jade Blackwell, successful blogger and amateur sleuth, throws herself into a new hobby…until murder rears its ugly head.
But when Jade attempts to ferret out the killer of local pottery teacher, Paula Hexby, she comes up short and suspicion begins to descend on her daughter’s former boyfriend. Evidence and bodies are stacking up, as Jade finds herself caught between an untrustworthy client and her beloved community.
Now at a personal and professional crossroads, Jade must once again jump into the breech, along with partner Gabrielle Langdon, to uncover the truth behind this string of horrific murders. Is she really cut out for this life of sleuthing and danger? Has Jade been defending the real murderer all along? Or is there something much more sinister afoot?
Settle in for another cozy mystery full of twists and turns in A Time to Kiln. Join Jade in the quiet mountainside town of Aspen Falls for another super-sleuthing adventure in this second installment of the Jade Blackwell Cozy Mystery Series by Gilian Baker.
Set in rural Wyoming, this was a nice cozy about a blogger and ghostwriter who finds herself teaming up with a lawyer friend to investigate yet another murder. The victim is not particularly well liked, a fact that quickly expands the pool of potential suspects. I enjoyed getting to know Jade, her daughter and her friends. The mother-daughter dynamics were well developed and added depth to the narrative. The plot moved along at a steady pace, with a few twists before reaching its resolution. Overall, a pleasant read for cozy mystery fans.
Note: Although the second in a series, Time to Kiln can easily be read as a standalone.
FTC disclosure: I received an advanced review copy of this book from the author/publisher. This has not affected the content of my review.
About the Author
Gilian Baker is a former English professor who threw in the towel and decided to show ‘em how it’s done. She’s gone on to forge a life outside of academia by adding blogger, ghostwriter and cozy mystery author to her C.V. She currently uses her geeky superpowers only for good to entertain murder mystery readers the world over. When she’s not plotting murder for her Jade Blackwell cozy mystery series, you can find her puttering in her vegetable garden, knitting in front of the fire, snuggling with her husband watching British TV or discussing literary theory with her daughter.
Since childhood Gillian’s been told she was nosy, though she prefers to think of herself as inquisitive. It’s long been a secret dream of hers to be paid to snoop, but she’s given up on being a real live gumshoe and has happily settled on living vicariously through her protagonist. As a literature professor, Gilian considered her one and only vice to be reading cozy mysteries before bed instead of well-thumbed classics.
Gilian Baker lives in Flagstaff, Arizona with her family and their three pampered felines. In her next life, she fervently hopes to come back as a cat, though she understands that would be going down the karmic ladder. She’s the author of Blogging is Murder and A Time to Kiln.
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