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BOOK REVIEW: COZY IN KANSAS
BY NANCY MEHL

We hope you enjoy this book review by Patricia Reid.





Ivy Towers holds fond memories of her times in Winter Break, Kansas with her Aunt Bitty. Bitty ran Bygone Bookstore in Winter Break. Bygone Books was a place of refuge for many of the townís citizens. It was not unusual for someone to spend an entire afternoon in the sitting room of the bookstore reading or dozing. Many in the town loved Bitty but now Ivy was returning because Bitty had died. Bitty had fell from a ladder in her beloved bookstore. That fact alone made Ivy suspicious that more was going on than just an accidental death. Ivy is shocked to find that Bitty has left the bookstore to her.

Ivyís initial reaction is to dispose of everything and get back to her classes in Wichita and go on with her the new life she is trying to build. But as she becomes more and more suspicious of her Auntís death and is gradually sucked back into the charm of the town she begins to change her mind about her future.

Deputy Sheriff Amos Parker wants nothing more than to have Ivy stay on in Winter Break although Ivyís parents who are missionaries in China arenít supportive.

Cozy In Kansas is three books in one. The Dead of Winter, the first book, ends with Ivy still in Winter Break. In the second book, Bye Bye Bertie, Ivy finds a map that she thinks leads to an old buried treasure that she heard about as a child and she does find something buried but it isnít the gold she was hoping to find. It is an old lunch box with medals and things of value to a boy that left Winter Break years ago and never returned to see his mother.

For Whom The Wedding Bell Tolls is the last book in Cozy in Kansas. Things become a little violent in this book with not one but two mysterious deaths. Amos and Ivy are able to get to the bottom of the mystery and the answer is a big surprise to everyone.

These three books are cozy mysteries with a little romance and a lot of wonderful characters. Ivy has a strong faith in God, as do many of the residents of Winter Break. Her faith helps her through her hard times.

I very much enjoyed reading Cozy in Kansas and would like very much to visit there and eat at Rubyís Redbird restaurant but I canít seem to find the town on the map.

REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA REID


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