Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: An Escape Goat (Zen Goat Mystery, #1) by Janna Rollins

 

An Escape Goat
A Zen Goat Mystery
by
Janna Rollins

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting - New Hampshire
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication Date: March 12, 2024
Print length: 265 pages
Digital ASIN: B0CW1DMVTL


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SYNOPSIS:

After finding long-lost family through a DNA test, Callie heads to Bobwhite Hollow, New Hampshire, to meet a great-uncle she never knew existed. Charmed by the village and more than half in love with her new family, she decides to stay and open a goat yoga studio and retreat space.

When retreat guest Angilene Claudson turns up dead with a wine glass shattered at her side and Callie’s favorite goat lapping up the spill, the death is written off as an accidental overdose. But when the goat gets sick, Callie’s gut tells her it wasn’t an accident at all. With her new business on the line and a possible murderer staying in the guesthouse, Callie sets to work to uncover the truth and keep her family safe.

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REVIEW:
5 stars!

Not only a fine mystery but also an adorable premise with engaging main characters! 

An Escape Goat kicks off this new series, the Zen Goat Mysteries, by Janna Rollins, in great style. Not only does it provide a very good murder mystery, but the premise of finding family through a DNA match was intriguing, the goat yoga retreats were fun, and the main characters were all very engaging. The DNA test connects the main character to relatives she never knew about in New Hampshire who welcome her with open arms. This new-found relationship convinces Callie Haybeck to pull up stakes in Seattle and move to their farm to open a goat yoga and retreat business. 

Leading the series is Callie Haybeck, a 27-year-old originally living in Seattle who is reevaluating the path she wants for her life. While her past sounded aimless, she’s certainly flipped that around. She’s got a plan for the future and is energetic in pursuing success, so it made sense for her to keep involved in determining who the murderer is. I was charmed by her aunt and uncle and their grandson, Tristan, individuals she’d only met recently. I was delighted they had all found each other. The mystery behind how the family was estranged is intriguing all on its own. There is also this cute vet who helps out when Bugsy gets into the murder victim’s leftover wine. 

The plot focuses on the first guests Callie hosts for a goat yoga retreat, and a couple of these gals (and the tiny, spoiled chihuahua) are nightmares. From scene one, the story is a blast, and I *had* to keep reading to satisfy my need to find out how this would turn out. There are twists in the story that kept me guessing; however, there are clues to the murders for savvy armchair detectives to see and recognize for what they are. 

I recommend AN ESCAPE GOAT to cozy mystery readers, especially those looking for a unique New Hampshire setting and yoga with adorable kids.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When Janna Rollins isn't writing, she likes to thumb through New England-based magazines and drool over the pictures. She has a love for red barns, goats, and genealogy. Janna can be found showing her socially awkward side on Facebook or sharing pictures of her tiny one-acre farm on Instagram. She is a member of Sisters In Crime, and also writes the Hometown Hardware Mystery series as Paula Charles. Janna lives in Southwestern Washington with her husband and a whole menagerie of furry and feathered critters.



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3 comments:

Janna Rollins said...

Thanks so much for featuring An Escape Goat today!

Karen said...

I so enjoyed reading this one and am looking forward to more!

Anonymous said...

This is such a fun book! I’m excited for book two!