Title: Potluck and Pandemonium
Author: S.C. Merritt
Series: Sweetwater Springs Southern Mysteries #1
Publisher: Self Publsished
Release Date: January 2, 2020
Pages: 182
Book Source: Trade Paperback

“Recently widowed Glory Harper needs a fresh start. After the investigation into her husband’s suspicious death in Texas stalls, she decides that the best way to begin moving forward with her life is to pull up stakes and head back home to Alabama. But when Glory stumbles over a body in the graveyard during a church picnic, she finds herself at the top of the suspect list. Which isn’t surprising since the murder weapon is engraved with her initials. Looks like this murder has her name written all over it.

Glory decides to put her mystery-solving instincts to work and “help” her brother, a detective on the local force, prove her innocence. But when his new boss, the hunky Hunt Walker, steps in and takes over, Glory can’t seem to stay out of hot water. And it’s getting hotter by the minute!

Can Glory find the killer before another dead body is found?

This fun, southern cozy mystery is full of lovable characters and a small town you can’t help but fall in love with.

And, don’t miss out on the great recipes at the end of the book!” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

Potluck and Pandemonium by S.C. Merritt is a fabulous start to this cozy mystery series that has religious themes running throughout the story. But if you don’t usually read Christian Cozies, don’t let that scare you away! Merritt uses a light touch and I thought it enhanced the story… and I am not a church goer.

I loved reading about Alabama and the traditions that are long held there. The characters are well developed and are people I would love to hang out with. The food and camaraderie that is infused into the story was very enjoyable.

Merritt adds in enough red herrings to keep the reader guessing who the killer is, and I wasn’t sure until towards the end. To me, that’s always a good mystery.

I’m looking forward to reading more in the Sweetwater Springs Southern Mysteries, and highly recommend this wholesome series.

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