#Review A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery 3) by Mary Ellen Hughes

#Review A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery) by Mary Ellen Hughes || 


A Curio Killing
(A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes


About A Curio Killing


A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Maryland
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2019)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-10: 0738752266
ISBN-13: 978-0738752266
Digital ASIN: B07KMX5QY4


Callie finds treble in Keepsake Cove when her ex-boyfriend is framed for murder . . .

Callie Reed is looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival. But her excitement dims considerably when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hank, will be performing with one of the hired country-western bands. Callie vows to keep her distance, but that changes when the band’s manager, Bobby Linville, is found dead, killed with the music box Hank bought at Callie’s shop.

Hank is soon singing a sad tune in a detention center with Callie his only lifeline. Though thoroughly aware of his many faults, she knows violence and murder aren’t in his blood. But that means one of her fellow Keepsake Cove residents must be hiding a dark secret—something Callie desperately needs to uncover.

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In A CURIO KILLING, my main character, Callie, isn’t big on cooking. But her boyfriend, Brian, runs the Keepsake Café. One of his menu favorites is his home-made potato salad. Now you can make it, too. Enjoy! ~ Mary Ellen Hughes


4 lbs red potatoes
5 hard-boiled eggs, separated
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3 green onions, sliced
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed


  1. Cook potatoes in boiling water to cover 40 minutes or until tender; drain and cool.
  2. Peel potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  3. Chop egg whites.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together potato, egg whites, 1/2 t. salt and green onions.
  5. Using a fork, mash the yolks in a small bowl; add in remaining 1/2 t. salt, mayo, pickle relish, mustard, pepper, and celery seed; stirring until well blended.
  6. Gently stir yolk mixture into potato mixture; adjust seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Cover and chill 2 hours (it is even better if you can chill this overnight and serve the next day).


How delicious does that sound! I can’t wait to give it a try, now read on to see what I thought of the book


A Curio Killing is the third book in this series and though I haven’t read the previous books at times I wish that I had to be a better back story on certain things however, it didn’t stop my enjoyment of this instalment. Keepsake Cove sounds like an amazing little place, and is the perfect setting for this cozy mystery.  Callie is all settled and looking forward to her first Keepsake Cove spring festival, but what she wasn’t banking on was her ex boyfriend Hank and his band being the headlining act! Hank was a cheat and broke Callie’s heart so I found it a bit odd as to why she would drop everyone and everything in order to prove that Hank was not a murderer when he is accused of killing the band’s manager, Bobby.

There were several times I was shaking my head at her putting her new relationship with Brian on the line to help Hank. For someone who broke heart in such a way she seemed to want to risk everything. 

Apart from that niggle with Callie, I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, it was slow pace building up the reveal of the true killer, I cant wait to go back to Keepsake Cove and see what is in store for Callie.


About Mary Ellen Hughes

Mary Ellen Hughes is the bestselling author of the Pickled and Preserved Mysteries, the Craft Corner Mysteries, and the Maggie Olenski Mysteries, along with several short stories. The Keepsake Cove series begins with A Fatal Collection and continues with A VINTAGE DEATH and A CURIO KILLING.

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GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/402922.Mary_Ellen_Hughes


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3 thoughts on “#Review A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery 3) by Mary Ellen Hughes

  • September 13, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Thank you, ebook Addicts for hosting me and for the lovely review! May I add a niggle of my own? Callie never called her ex boyfriend, Hank, a cheat. He was self-centered and not terribly bright, but not a cheat. I understand the assumption, though, and perhaps it was explained more in the first book, A Fatal Collection.

    • September 14, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Ah thanks for explaining! Yes I just assumed that he was a cheat as that is what I got from the story. I will need to go and read the previous books for the complete backstory.

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