Updated: Mar 19
About the Book
Book: Snuffed Out
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian cozy mystery
Release Date: July 24, 2020
Picnics can be murder… scenes.
What was supposed to be a romantic picnic at “their spot” turns criminal when Katrina and Todd stumble—almost literally—over a body.
What’s the college chef doing under a bush up in the mountains? Other than being dead, that is.
Who killed him? Why?
All clues point to people who Katrina is certain didn’t do it. Especially the one who ends up dead himself.
Thanks to a slow-burning romantic relationship that can’t seem to get past chapter one, and a determination to save her friend from false arrest, Katrina joins Todd again as they riddle out bizarre clues, weed through unlikely suspects, and learn to communicate on a more personal level.
What do you get when you combine literary humor, sweet romance, and a practical helping of faith? A cozy mystery that’ll keep you guessing. Barbara Cornthwaite’s second Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.
This book was somewhat of a surprise to me. I guess I should've paid attention and realized this book was a sequel, because it took me quite a long time to catch up and figure out who was who. So I would definitely suggest starting with book one if you do decide to read this novel.
I was also disappointed in the pace of the story. I love cozy mysteries, so I was hoping for a plot that drew me into the murder and kept me guessing, but there were some long breaks of friend drama and different issues that slowed the mystery and released all the tension. I enjoyed the romance between Katrina and Todd, but I wish the story could've been a little more suspenseful. By the end, I came to like the characters who slowed the book down. But all the same, I felt like we could have seen more of the big reveal first hand to make it come to life even more. Maybe reading the first book of the series first would've helped me with this issue. Overall, it was a good mystery if you could get through it to the end.
About the Author
Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.