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When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative's property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached--one of which is tied to a dead body! After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leav When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative's property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached--one of which is tied to a dead body! After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery--Aunt Sybil's only known rival is buried in her backyard! Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil's name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can't help but wonder--can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer's deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?


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When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative's property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached--one of which is tied to a dead body! After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leav When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative's property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached--one of which is tied to a dead body! After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery--Aunt Sybil's only known rival is buried in her backyard! Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil's name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can't help but wonder--can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer's deadly pattern without becoming the next victim?

30 review for Death by Committee

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in the new cozy Abbey McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries the characters are introduced in this first book that will appear in later installments but the mystery is contained and solved within the book. Abby McCree had just gotten divorced and had to sell her half of the business she shared with her husband over to him when she found out her Aunt Sybil left her in her will. Needing a fresh start Abby decides to move into her Aun Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in the new cozy Abbey McCree Mystery series. As with most cozy mysteries the characters are introduced in this first book that will appear in later installments but the mystery is contained and solved within the book. Abby McCree had just gotten divorced and had to sell her half of the business she shared with her husband over to him when she found out her Aunt Sybil left her in her will. Needing a fresh start Abby decides to move into her Aunts former home and make it her own in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington. Once settled Abby finds that all of Sybil’s old friends are turning to her to fill the whole that her aunt had also left in their lives. Getting volunteered for project and project Abby is thankful that her aunt’s tenant is helping maintain the property. As the two try to clean up the land they never expected to stumble upon the body of Sybil’s nemesis in the small town. Abby can’t believe her aunt would be a murderer so she vows to do what she can to find the real killer. Death by Committee was a fun start to this new cozy series. There’s some laughs, likable characters, a darling dog and even a bit of romance all mixed into this first book. I also liked that the local law was involved the whole time in the story instead of some cozies that tend to forget them completely or make them overly incompetent. With all the likable secondary characters in this opener I’m more than curious where the series will head next. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Juli

    Death by Committee is the first book in the new Abbey McRee Mystery series. The series is set in Snowberry Creek, WA. The author also has a contemporary romance series set in the same town. Abbey McRee is recently divorced and starting her life all over again. She recently inherited her Aunt Sybil's victorian style home in Snowberry Creek. She moves in with her dog, Zeke. Along with the house, she also inherited her aunt's quilting group, a spot on the local senior affairs committee and a tenant Death by Committee is the first book in the new Abbey McRee Mystery series. The series is set in Snowberry Creek, WA. The author also has a contemporary romance series set in the same town. Abbey McRee is recently divorced and starting her life all over again. She recently inherited her Aunt Sybil's victorian style home in Snowberry Creek. She moves in with her dog, Zeke. Along with the house, she also inherited her aunt's quilting group, a spot on the local senior affairs committee and a tenant, Tripp Blackston. When an enemy of her aunt's is discovered dead and buried under junk in a corner of the yard, suspicion falls on her deceased aunt and Tripp. Abbey is determined to clear her aunt's name and identify the murderer. It proves to be a dangerous quest! All in all, a nice start to a new cozy series. The premise of inheriting a victorian home from an elderly relative is pretty tropey, but the story was still a fun read. I like Abbey as a main character. She's trying hard to start her life over after a failed marriage and endures the snarkiness of small town busybodies. Her pet mastiff, Zeke, is a great addition to the story as is her renter, Tripp and the rest of the side characters. The quirky members of the quilting group jump in to help Abbey investigate. Nothing like a feisty group of senior citizens to help ferret out a killer. The ending wasn't really a surprise, but there was enough twists, suspects and surprises in this book to keep my attention. I will definitely read more of this series. The cover art is colorful and cute. It really caught my eye, and first drew me to read this book. :) Alexis Morgan is the author of several romance series, even a paranormal one. I don't read the romance genre, but I will definitely read any cozies she writes. I like her writing style, the characters, background theme and setting for this new cozy series. Makes for an enjoyable, relaxing reading experience. **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Rose

    Oh, how I love finding a new Cozy Mystery series. When I originally came across Death by Committee on Netgalley, I knew that I had to read it. I did not regret my choice. While it is true that this book seemed to follow your typical cozy mystery formula, I found myself loving the story, nonetheless. I appreciated that the author made a clear effort to mix up the stereotypical sleuth profile and feature a middle-aged divorcee along with a pack of seniors as the main character focus. I also enjoyed Oh, how I love finding a new Cozy Mystery series. When I originally came across Death by Committee on Netgalley, I knew that I had to read it. I did not regret my choice. While it is true that this book seemed to follow your typical cozy mystery formula, I found myself loving the story, nonetheless. I appreciated that the author made a clear effort to mix up the stereotypical sleuth profile and feature a middle-aged divorcee along with a pack of seniors as the main character focus. I also enjoyed Tripp’s character a lot (is it possible to have a crush on a book character? asking for a friend). As for the narration, there isn’t much to say other than I thought that Coleen Marlo did a splendid job bringing the work to life. However, if I have to state my nitpicks about this book it was that pacing of the book was a little quick; It seemed like the police investigation had barely started when Abby started to poke around for info. Additionally, I felt that there were a few instances where Abby was excessively defensive and stubborn with little regard for safety and consequences. My final 'criticism’ is that I believed the killer was too easy to guess; I had him/her pegged upon the first meeting. Nevertheless, these points were only minor and were not enough to detract from my enjoyment of the story. Overall, I truly enjoyed Death by Committee; it was a start to a new series, and I'm keen to read more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Abby McCree hasn’t spent much time in Snowberry Creek, Washington of late but she remembers all the good times she had with her Aunt Sybil as a child. She especially remembers a quilt they were working on. Aunt Sybil finished it by herself as Abby’s visits became shorter and less frequent. Now her aunt has passed away and left her home to Abby and her aunt’s friends have already volunteered her to take over some of the committees Sybil was leading including the quilting guild. Dollycas’s Thoughts Abby McCree hasn’t spent much time in Snowberry Creek, Washington of late but she remembers all the good times she had with her Aunt Sybil as a child. She especially remembers a quilt they were working on. Aunt Sybil finished it by herself as Abby’s visits became shorter and less frequent. Now her aunt has passed away and left her home to Abby and her aunt’s friends have already volunteered her to take over some of the committees Sybil was leading including the quilting guild. Her aunt also left her a couple of other surprises. a bull mastiff named Zeke and a cantankerous but very easy on the eyes tenant named Tripp Blackston. Abby also uncovers another surprise among the blueberries, Dolly Cayhill’s body. Dolly was a snowbird who usually takes flight during the winter months, so sadly no one even knew the woman was unaccounted for. Dolly and Sybil were rivals in almost everything they did. Finding her body in Sybil’s yard wrapped in one of Sybil’s quilts lands Sybil square at the top of the suspect list. Abby believes there is no way her aunt could have committed such a heinous crime but the rumors are flying and evidence is stacking up. Is there any way to clear her aunt’s good name? There may be if she can live long enough to stitch all the clues together. I like Abby McCree, but she needs to learn to say no! Those elderly ladies really ran roughshod over her. By the end of the story, she was getting her bearings and getting stronger, which I was very happy to see. Those ladies reminded me so much of some of the older ladies I have known in my life. A little pushy, but with huge hearts and kind souls. Tripp Blackstone, on the other hand, was a tough nut to crack, ex-military tough, and a little closed off. He starts to soften as he finds himself in the role of protector to Abby as digs into Dolly’s death and right into the line of fire. Tripp and Abby grow a lot for this being the first book in the series. I liked the way the author has started them on their journey. My favorite character of all was Zeke. A big dog who is a gentle giant, at least most of the time. The only time he leaves Abby’s side is when he is with Tripp. He is truly my kind of canine, even with all the drool 🙂 The plot was complex with two real mysteries. The first, the murder, had its share of suspects, but one after another are eliminated and Abby becomes a target. The second deals with 13 missing quilts the quilt had hoped to use for a calendar fundraiser. Given to a new member to photograph who then abruptly leaves town without returning the quilts or the pictures to the guild. As the new president of the guild, Abby tries her best to locate them. I used to love to quilt so this subplot really interested me. The two mysteries mesh together so well. The story had some really exciting events and I was on the edge of my seat for the nail-biting ending. Ms. Morgan has taken the time to fully describe each person and place so clearly that I could picture every element of the story. The people came alive. Abby’s home, the yard, the garage, and all the places around town were easily pictured in my mind. I was in each moment right along with Abby. What I love most about this story was that it is written for the long haul of a series. The main characters evolved a great deal in this book but there is still so much to know about them. I am definitely invested in their lives and want to know more about them. The secondary characters are fun and entertaining too and have plenty of room to grow. Ms. Morgan has sewn together a wonderful treat for her readers. Death by Committee was a perfect escape for me and I know fans of this genre will enjoy it too!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    The beginning of the Abby McCree series by an author I haven't read before. Abby life is changed by two events, a divorce and inheriting as home in Snowberry Creek, Washington. She also inherits a Mastiff, Zeke, and a tenant, in the caretaker's cottage. Abby has agreed to finish her Aunt Sybil's term as President of the quilting guild. Abby is adjusting to a new life when her tenant, Tripp and she began to clear a blackberry patch and finds the body of her Aunt's biggest competitor. The tale mak The beginning of the Abby McCree series by an author I haven't read before. Abby life is changed by two events, a divorce and inheriting as home in Snowberry Creek, Washington. She also inherits a Mastiff, Zeke, and a tenant, in the caretaker's cottage. Abby has agreed to finish her Aunt Sybil's term as President of the quilting guild. Abby is adjusting to a new life when her tenant, Tripp and she began to clear a blackberry patch and finds the body of her Aunt's biggest competitor. The tale makes many changes as Abby and Tripp began to unravel Aunt Sybil's affairs. The villain is easy to recognize. I am looking forward to reading the next book. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: Many thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for a review copy. The opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    After inheriting a rundown estate from her late Aunt Sybil, Abby McCree settles into life in the tiny town of Snowberry Creek. Though really, there’s no time to settle. Aunt Sybil had many obligations, and now Abby’s expected to carry the mantle. Soon she’s taking the reins of the local quilting guild, serving on the city’s Senior Affairs group, and planning garage sales. But then her tenant, Tripp, discover a body buried in her backyard— and it’s Aunt Sybil’s fierce archrival. As all signs poin After inheriting a rundown estate from her late Aunt Sybil, Abby McCree settles into life in the tiny town of Snowberry Creek. Though really, there’s no time to settle. Aunt Sybil had many obligations, and now Abby’s expected to carry the mantle. Soon she’s taking the reins of the local quilting guild, serving on the city’s Senior Affairs group, and planning garage sales. But then her tenant, Tripp, discover a body buried in her backyard— and it’s Aunt Sybil’s fierce archrival. As all signs point to Sybil as the murderer, Abby becomes focused on finding the real killer and clearing her aunt’s name. Author Alexis Morgan has woven an irresistible plot. Abby, making a new beginning after a nasty divorce and the death of her aunt, is immediately embroiled in a murder mystery without obvious answers. The murder was obviously personal— the body was wrapped in one of Sybil’s handmade quilts. And the idea of having the body found near Abby’s house leads to some thick tension. There’s a constant need to have the murder solved, not just because Sybil’s name is being sullied, but because Abby is in ever-increasing danger. This builds slowly over the course of the book, leading to a fairly explosive ending. It’s very effective. Of course, the reason it truly works comes down to the character of Abby McCree. She’s strong, smart, and determined. While some cozies have the main character bumble through the investigation, she carefully plots her actions without putting herself in unnecessary danger. Abby is such a realistic character that she keeps the story grounded, allowing for some zany moments that feel quirky rather than like caricature. Her journey might have quiet moments, but it’s never boring. It helps that the mystery is intricately woven. There are some solid suspects, a tricky red herring or two, and plenty of twists to leave couch sleuths guessing. While Abby never really considers her aunt a suspect, Morgan provides enough evidence to create doubt for the reader. This little bit of plotting is brilliant enough to make all evidence questionable, even when it appears obvious. However, beyond the puzzle itself, a great cozy mystery is made or broken with its cast of secondary characters and, fortunately, author Morgan has populated Snowberry Creek with some wonderful denizens. The quilting guild is a particular highlight, especially as the women develop excuses to be near windows with a view of Tripp doing yardwork. Tripp, though sometimes gruff and bossy, works as a romantic interest and foil for Abby. Morgan deserves kudos for writing a complex partner— someone who obviously needs to work on expressing his emotions, but with enough tenderness to get the big moments ‘right’. Death by Committee has a fantastic heroine, a splash of humor, and a wonderfully crafted mystery. It’s a bit like the many quilts described in its pages— stitched together beautifully. Note: I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    A great start to a new series!The storyline was well written and the characters were well developed and likable.The one problem I had with this book was that it was way too easy to figure out the killer,I knew who was responsible the moment the character was introduced.Overall I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    Release Date: January 29, 2019 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 5 stars Death by Committee is the first book in the Abbey Mcree mystery and I found it to be an impressive debut in the series! I devoured this book. It's such a fun mystery with awesome characters and an engaging mystery. There's even a blooming romance! If you are looking for a new cozy mystery series to try I recommend this book. The second one will be out on August 27th and I am so excited to read it (the cover is super cut Release Date: January 29, 2019 Genre: Cozy Mystery Actual Rating: 5 stars Death by Committee is the first book in the Abbey Mcree mystery and I found it to be an impressive debut in the series! I devoured this book. It's such a fun mystery with awesome characters and an engaging mystery. There's even a blooming romance! If you are looking for a new cozy mystery series to try I recommend this book. The second one will be out on August 27th and I am so excited to read it (the cover is super cute too). In this book readers will meet Abbey, Tripp, and the ladies of the quilting guild. I don't know if this book will revolve around a quilting theme but I thought it was cute and I have never read one with it before. Anyway, when we meet Abbey we find her taking over her late aunts home and possessions as she passed away. Unfortunately, not only does she have to be saddened that one of her favorite people has passed but she has to deal with a murder that may have taken place in her back yard... Overall, I loved this one! Abbey is a great character and I love how she and Tripp are developing a close romantic relationship. I don't think this will be the kind of series where the love lives of the characters go on. and on. and on. I think readers will love the mystery as well. The "who-dun-it" is certainly a conundrum! Fun Fact This book takes place in a small town called Snowberry Creek and when I was going through the authors other novels (which is something I always do when I find a new author that I enjoy) I saw that she has another series that takes place here. The series is titled Snowberry Creek but instead of being a mystery series it's actually a ROMANCE series. You can find it here if you are interested ➜ https://www.goodreads.com/series/9093...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Ks Book Reviews

    A new series! Can you feel my excitement? And, as far as first books in a series go, author Alexis Morgan did a great job with DEATH BY COMMITTEE. An enjoyable read and a well thought out plot, DEATH BY COMMITTEE was a hard one to put down. Each time I did, I’d pick it up for “just one more chapter”. You can guess how that turned out. 😉 This story was a real puzzle of a mystery for me. But, if you pay close enough attention to clues and people’s actions, you may very well guess the killer. I was A new series! Can you feel my excitement? And, as far as first books in a series go, author Alexis Morgan did a great job with DEATH BY COMMITTEE. An enjoyable read and a well thought out plot, DEATH BY COMMITTEE was a hard one to put down. Each time I did, I’d pick it up for “just one more chapter”. You can guess how that turned out. 😉 This story was a real puzzle of a mystery for me. But, if you pay close enough attention to clues and people’s actions, you may very well guess the killer. I was so absorbed in the characters (see below) that the baddy got past me, so it was a surprise when I read the reveal. There are such great characters in this book. I immediately liked protagonist, Abby McCree. She was dealt losses of one sort or the other, and at first seemed a bit unsure of her life. It was wonderful to see her character grow stronger and surer during the story. The ladies of her quilting guild are a handful, but they’re so fun to read! Abby’s tenant, Tripp, seems to be a grump at first, but that changes quickly. And Zeke, Abby’s inherited Mastiff has completely won my heart. If you are the type who worries about starting a new series, you don’t have to be with DEATH BY COMMITTEE. I have no doubt you’ll love it from cover to cover!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan takes us on a journey to Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby McCree has inherited her Aunt Sybil’s Victorian home along a Zeke, a mastiff mix and a tenant in the mother-in-law cottage who assists with chores. Abby is recently divorced and is still deciding what she wants to do with her future. She has been going through the contents of the house box by box and assisting the quilting guild with the preparations for their upcoming garage sale. Abby hired goats to Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan takes us on a journey to Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby McCree has inherited her Aunt Sybil’s Victorian home along a Zeke, a mastiff mix and a tenant in the mother-in-law cottage who assists with chores. Abby is recently divorced and is still deciding what she wants to do with her future. She has been going through the contents of the house box by box and assisting the quilting guild with the preparations for their upcoming garage sale. Abby hired goats to clear out runaway blackberry vines and notices one of them is chewing on fabric. Tripp Blackston, her tenant, goes over to check it out and uncovers a body wrapped in a quilt. The victim was Aunt Sybil’s rival, Dolly Cayhill who has not been seen since before Christmas. Deceased Aunt Sybil is Chief of Police Gabe Logan’s top suspect since she had an argument with Dolly at church over the presidency of the quilting club. Abby knows that her aunt would never have harmed a soul and sets out to prove it with the help of three of her aunt’s friends. Somehow Abby also finds herself the new head of Snowberry Creek’s Committee on Senior Affairs, managing the quilting guilds garage sale and searching for twelve (well, now eleven) missing quilts. Join Abby as she stitches together the clues to reveal a killer in Death by Committee. Death by Committee is a cute cozy mystery. I thought it was a quick and easy to read book. Abby McCree is newly divorced from a cheating husband and out of job since he bought out her share of the company. Moving to Snowberry Cree gives Abby a new start. She has inherited a large Victorian home along with the contents plus the oversized Zeke and a handsome tenant in the mother-in-law cottage. Abby is an appealing character who is helpful and friendly with the elderly ladies of the quilting guild. Louise Allen, Jean Benson and Glenda Unger are the three quilting guild members who rope Abby into various projects and enjoy watching Tripp work in the yard (frequently without his shirt on). Tripp Blackston is ex-military and a college freshman who is renting the mother-in-law cottage. There are frequent mentions of Tripp’s physique as the ladies ogle him. The author is setting him up to be Abby’s love interest, but I do not admire his bossy attitude and hair trigger temper. The mystery is straightforward with a small suspect list, a red herring and pointed clues. Abby talks with several people to gather information, but that is the extent of her investigating. Solving this whodunit is a piece of cake. I did like how the mystery was wrapped up at the end. I like Gage Logan, the chief of police. He is friendly, helpful and has a sense of humor. Death by Committee is a good start to An Abby McCree Mystery series. I hope the author takes the time to develop her characters in the next book and provide more details on the town. Death by Committee is a light hearted cozy mystery with a charming Victorian home, a cute mastiff mix, beautifully crafted quilts, three busy older ladies and killer on the loose.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Divorcee Abby McCree is ready to start living again after a messy divorce. Sadly, her aunt passes away leaving her estate in Snowberry Creek, Washington to Abby. The estate isn’t in the best shape and even comes with an affectionate dog. Unfortunately for Abby, she must deal with her aunt’s unfinished busness. She’s immediately put in charge of her aunt’s committee, hosts her aunt’s quilting guild, and has to host a huge garage sale fundraiser for them. Oh, did I mention that the estate also com Divorcee Abby McCree is ready to start living again after a messy divorce. Sadly, her aunt passes away leaving her estate in Snowberry Creek, Washington to Abby. The estate isn’t in the best shape and even comes with an affectionate dog. Unfortunately for Abby, she must deal with her aunt’s unfinished busness. She’s immediately put in charge of her aunt’s committee, hosts her aunt’s quilting guild, and has to host a huge garage sale fundraiser for them. Oh, did I mention that the estate also comes with a handsome tenant? To make matters even more crazy, a dead body is found buried in her aunt’s backyard. The body happens to be her aunt’s archrival and is wrapped in her aunt’s quilt. The police immediately place Abby’s aunt at the top of the suspect list. The citizens in the small town of Snowberry Creek readily jump to the same conclusion. Abby is met with some really nasty accusations as the town shuns her for what they think her aunt did. Abby is determined to clear her aunt’s name and her own, by association, as well. Against the warnings of the local police, Abby and her new dog do their own investigating. They begin to realize there is more going on in this small town than she ever realized. This is the first book in a new series. I never read anything by this author before, but she crafted an intriguing, quaint, cozy mystery that grabbed my attention right away. We have a story with a little bit of romance sprinkled through the mystery. The mystery side of the story takes precedence which is exactly how I like my cozy mysteries. The story moved along at a nice, steady pace. The characters were well portrayed and lively. There were several suspects with many twists and turns. I did have my suspicions of “whodunit” half way through, but the journey to discover the hows and whys of the murder were intriguing. This series is off to a good start and I’ll definitely be back for the next book. FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Robbins

    *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. Solid start to this new cozy mystery series that introduces us to Abby as she adjusts to newly divorced life following the natural death of her Aunt. She inherited her Aunt's house and has undertaken the huge task of cleaning things out and getting things into shape. This includes the yard which has become overgrown. When some growth is stubborn she hires goats to help clean it out only they find a whole *I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for. Solid start to this new cozy mystery series that introduces us to Abby as she adjusts to newly divorced life following the natural death of her Aunt. She inherited her Aunt's house and has undertaken the huge task of cleaning things out and getting things into shape. This includes the yard which has become overgrown. When some growth is stubborn she hires goats to help clean it out only they find a whole lot more then she bargained for when a body pops up during day one. Well of course being her Aunt's yard makes her the prime suspect which bothers Abby enough to start asking questions. Add in a handsome renter and a tough dog to get a murder mystery that will make you laugh while keeping you guessing. Well written with lots of little details to really pull the reader in. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in a new cozy series. Ms. Morgan is "new to me" and I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I liked Abby McCree almost immediately as she was introduced in the book. She has gone through a crippling divorce and then her favorite aunt past away. However, she inherited her aunt's house and her dog, Zeke, in Snowberry Creek, Washington and once the divorce was finalized she moved in. Her aunt's friends keep her busy taking over her aunt's respon Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan is the first book in a new cozy series. Ms. Morgan is "new to me" and I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I liked Abby McCree almost immediately as she was introduced in the book. She has gone through a crippling divorce and then her favorite aunt past away. However, she inherited her aunt's house and her dog, Zeke, in Snowberry Creek, Washington and once the divorce was finalized she moved in. Her aunt's friends keep her busy taking over her aunt's responsibilities because "her aunt would want her to do it". Her aunt's friend are really lovely secondary characters; but they can and do get pushy with Abby. It's nothing Abby can't handle once she learns to say "no". Her aunt's tenant, Tripp Blackston, is a complex character with a gruff and taciturn demeanor but a soft heart underneath. Once a body is discovered in her aunt's backyard and both her aunt and Tripp are implicated in the murder by town gossips, Abby is determined to clear them both. The story is well-crafted with several suspects, red herrings, and twists that kept Abby busy. I did catch on to who might have done it by a small clue dropped about midway through the book. What I really liked was that Abby didn't do any real snooping but just listened as people talked and asked a few questions. She also related everything she learned to the sheriff. The reveal proved my hunch to be correct but it was still a little scary for Abby. I will be looking for more of this series. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    I really enjoyed this first book in the new Abby McCree series. It has all the elements I like in a cozy — a small town location, a great dog, and a likable main character. I did not figure out the killer until late in the story. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Abby inherits her aunt’s rundown estate with a huge dog so she moves there and starts going through things. She gets involved in her aunt’s quilting guild, their huge garage sale, and is on the council for senior activities. The estate came with an apt rented cheaply to a man going to college who does yard work as part of his rent. He comes across her aunt’s rival’s body buried in a quilt in the backyard. Was it the man trying to buy an old falling down house who wants the land for several house Abby inherits her aunt’s rundown estate with a huge dog so she moves there and starts going through things. She gets involved in her aunt’s quilting guild, their huge garage sale, and is on the council for senior activities. The estate came with an apt rented cheaply to a man going to college who does yard work as part of his rent. He comes across her aunt’s rival’s body buried in a quilt in the backyard. Was it the man trying to buy an old falling down house who wants the land for several houses, the man whose wife ran off or someone else. There is also the mystery of where all the quilts the ladies made for a calendar went. An interesting story and I look forward to more in the series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2G78mDA Set in the small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Death by Committee begins a delightful new cozy mystery series by Alexis Morgan. With likeable protagonist and support characters both, gentle humor, a precious dog, and even a little romance, this story has all that I look for in a tradition cozy and I enjoyed it very much. Having recently gone through a divorce, Abby moves to Snowberry Creek and into the Victorian home that she inherited Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2G78mDA Set in the small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Death by Committee begins a delightful new cozy mystery series by Alexis Morgan. With likeable protagonist and support characters both, gentle humor, a precious dog, and even a little romance, this story has all that I look for in a tradition cozy and I enjoyed it very much. Having recently gone through a divorce, Abby moves to Snowberry Creek and into the Victorian home that she inherited from her beloved Aunt Sybil. All the quirky things that came with this inheritance add richness to the story – the attractive tenant who does odd jobs in return for reduced rent, three of Sybil’s friends who get Abby involved in Sybil’s responsibilities, and the adorable Zeke, a mastiff mix of pure delight. The story is clean, well-written, and flows at a steady pace. There’s just enough characters to make the mystery theme easy to follow, and when someone is described as having ice in their veins … well, that describes the killer. Abby’s tenant, Tripp, makes a good romantic interest, although he’s a little short tempered. I especially liked how the police – namely, Chief Logan – are involved from the beginning and come across as intelligent and fair. It’s also enjoyable to follow Abby along as she garners information to clear her aunt by questioning people. And Zeke proves to be a pretty good judge of character himself! Death by Committee thoroughly entertains, and its strong ensemble cast makes me eager for more stories in this series. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book. Very rarely in cozy mystery does the absolute perfect mystery come along. Some are good, some are great, and some like this one are absolutely brilliant! I read so much of this genre that when a truly awesome book comes along and knocks my socks off I am always so happy! I actually finished this book and actually had to say out loud to my half asleep boyfriend next to me just how good it actually was! Basically we have a pe Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book. Very rarely in cozy mystery does the absolute perfect mystery come along. Some are good, some are great, and some like this one are absolutely brilliant! I read so much of this genre that when a truly awesome book comes along and knocks my socks off I am always so happy! I actually finished this book and actually had to say out loud to my half asleep boyfriend next to me just how good it actually was! Basically we have a perfect mystery, with excellent twists and turns along the way. Abbey is a great sleuth, and the romantic interest...well. I almost never care for the romantic interest, but this one grabbed me ;) Definitely my favorite cozy of the year, and it's only the first in the series. If you only read one cozy this year or next, make it this one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kendrea Parsons

    Death By Committee was a good cozy mystery. It was kind of slow to start and I kept wondering if we'd ever be introduced to any suspects. However, the writing was good and the main character, Abby, her tenant, Tripp, as well as the other characters were very likeable. I loved the ending. It really makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series. I definitely want to see what happens next for Abby and everyone in Snowberry Creek. Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book t Death By Committee was a good cozy mystery. It was kind of slow to start and I kept wondering if we'd ever be introduced to any suspects. However, the writing was good and the main character, Abby, her tenant, Tripp, as well as the other characters were very likeable. I loved the ending. It really makes me look forward to reading the next book in the series. I definitely want to see what happens next for Abby and everyone in Snowberry Creek. Note: I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

  19. 4 out of 5

    NicoleG

    Fun first in series!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    I've been so taken with the second and third books in the series that I had to go back and read the first one. And it's just as good as the ones later in the series. Two 👍👍

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I went into this book blind, I don't know much about 'cozy mysteries'. The premise sounded interesting, so I gave it a shot. I think I'm a 'cozy mystery' lover. This was relaxing, and enjoyable, and brought out the my inner grandma. Pros-- Pacing Back Stories Setting Doggie love Mystery kept me going to the end Cons-- Ending - it happened to fast! No distinguishable Diversity

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Abby McCree has inherited her favorite aunt’s (Sybil) property in a small town in Washington. She also seems to have inherited several of Sybil’s friends, community projects, and tenant of the guesthouse (Tripp). While clearing the backyard Abby and Tripp find a dead body. This body brings up all kind of questions about Sybil from the police and several of the people around town. Abby is determined to clear her aunt’s name. This is a fun start to a new series. Since Abby seems to have inherited Abby McCree has inherited her favorite aunt’s (Sybil) property in a small town in Washington. She also seems to have inherited several of Sybil’s friends, community projects, and tenant of the guesthouse (Tripp). While clearing the backyard Abby and Tripp find a dead body. This body brings up all kind of questions about Sybil from the police and several of the people around town. Abby is determined to clear her aunt’s name. This is a fun start to a new series. Since Abby seems to have inherited a group of senior ladies from her aunt’s quilting group and a good looking mysterious man as a tenant, this makes for an interesting cast of characters. In addition to the unique group of friends Abby as her adorable dog Zeke to protect her. The setting of the small town adds realism to how everyone seems to know everything about everyone. This mystery is well paced with several twists and turns. There also seems to be a possibility of romance for future books because there is definitely some chemistry between Abby and Tripp. I look forward to reading more books in the future. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard! Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept tha After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery—Aunt Sybil’s only known rival is buried in her backyard! Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil’s name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can’t help but wonder—can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer’s deadly pattern without becoming the next victim? -- Series: An Abby McCree Mystery - Book 1 Author: Alexis Morgan Genre: Cozy Mystery Publisher: Kensington Books A new series from award-winning author, Alexis Morgan starts with a bang! Death by Committee from Kensington Books is the first book in a new series, it leaves readers thrilled and entertained. This book is a relaxing, fun romp through the small town of Snowberry Creek, Washington a fictional town that is also featured in one of Ms. Morgan’s other series. As the first in a series, the characters are detailed enough to keep the readers interest without making the characters boring. Zeke, her dog, and Tripp, her renter make the series stimulating without taking away from Abby or the plot. Discovering a body in your backyard is never good but having your dead aunt under suspicion of being a killer is even worse. Unfortunately, the victim wasn’t well liked and wasn’t missed for a long time, and the trail has grown cold. . Abby needs to prove her late Aunt Sybil did not kill her arch rival. The road to finding the killer is paved with twists, turns and filled with giant pot holds as Abby narrows down the suspect list. With the help of the quilting guild, a group of senior citizens dedicated to helping the town by quilting, and the town busybodies she sews together the clues and comes up with a killer. Death by Committee is a delightful book and a great beginning for a new series. The writing is professional, smooth and stays on point. Ms. Morgan has proven again that she is a writer who knows her craft and her audience. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next addition to the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is a great start to a new cozy mystery series. Abby McCree is settling into her new life in the small town of Snowberry Creek. She has inherited a rundown estate from her late Aunt Sybil, who she spend many happy summers with when she was quite young. Abby doesn't have much time to get used to her new home, or figure out what she needs to do first, because her aunt's friends have offered up Abby's services to all the committees Aunt Sybil was involved in. She finds herself taking over the l This is a great start to a new cozy mystery series. Abby McCree is settling into her new life in the small town of Snowberry Creek. She has inherited a rundown estate from her late Aunt Sybil, who she spend many happy summers with when she was quite young. Abby doesn't have much time to get used to her new home, or figure out what she needs to do first, because her aunt's friends have offered up Abby's services to all the committees Aunt Sybil was involved in. She finds herself taking over the local quilting guild, serving on the city’s Senior Affairs group, and planning fundraising garage sales. When Tripp, her tenant and yard man, discovers a body buried in her backyard, it turns out to be Aunt Sybil's rival in town who everyone assumed was down south for the winter. Aunt Sybil is the main suspect, and even though she is deceased, Abby wants to make sure her aunt's name and reputation are not tarnished. Will her investigation and questions put her in danger? Author Alexis Morgan has written a fun story with a great plot. Abby's investigation moves slowly and builds the tension until the explosive ending. The characters in the book are relatively well developed for the first book in the series. Abby is strong, intelligent and determined in her quest. She doesn't rush headlong into things, but proceeds slowly, uncovering information along the way. This does not mean the story is boring, though. The quilters are fun. There are some quirky characters, but they are not dowdy, these women are quick and smart as well. And then there is Tripp. He is a veteran who lives in the small cottage on the property. He had agreed to help Sybil out with yard work and maintenance in return for lower rent. The quilters love to have an excuse to watch him work on a hot day. He helps keep Abby safe and perhaps will become a love interest for her as the series goes on. There are a few suspects to the murder as well as some not very nice characters in the story which all add to the well-plotted and well-paced story. There are a couple of red herrings and some twists that kept me guessing. I thought I had it all figured out, but there were a few things, such as motive, that were revealed at the end. Overall, a very satisfying story and a good start to a new series. I am looking forward to seeing what is next for Abby, Tripp and the Quilters. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is first book in a new "Abbey McRee" series by Alexis Morgan who has had great success writing romances . This is her first cozy mystery and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the cozy elements of a small town, a old home , a smart savvy protagonist and a great sleuth. I highly recommend this book. The series is set in the charming fictional small town of Snowberry Creek, WA. Abbey McRee is recently divorced and starting her life all over again. She of course has inherited her Aunt Sybil's V This is first book in a new "Abbey McRee" series by Alexis Morgan who has had great success writing romances . This is her first cozy mystery and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the cozy elements of a small town, a old home , a smart savvy protagonist and a great sleuth. I highly recommend this book. The series is set in the charming fictional small town of Snowberry Creek, WA. Abbey McRee is recently divorced and starting her life all over again. She of course has inherited her Aunt Sybil's Victorian home in Snowberry Creek. Although I tire of the "inheritance factor" in all cozies this is presented with gratitude and appreciation by Abbey. She has a Mastiff dog name Zeke who is her constant companion and a welcome addition to the premise of the story. With this house comes great responsibilities to the town and the people who live in the town,. She jumps right into join her aunt's long time quilting group, the local senior affairs committee and care of a tenant that comes with the house. Abbey takes all this on with gusto and I like how the author writes her as willing to do everything to fit in and make her home in this town. When an enemy of her aunt's is discovered buried in the yard, suspicion falls on her deceased aunt and her renter. Abbey is determined to clear her dear aunt's name and identify the murderer. I like Abbey as a protagonist She is fearless and smart. She chooses her friends carefully and cherishes her new friends and neighbors. She is likable and believable. . This has all the right elements for a successful cozy series. Likable main character, great supporting charcters that all add to the story and a fun sleuth with a charming location. The members of the quilting group are smart feisty senior citizens who help Abbey during her sleuth and prove to be good friends for her. All the charcters are well drawn and the sleuth was well crafted to conclusion, The author has set the stage with this book for a long successful series . Thank you for the ARC to Kensington Publishing and to Net Galley. I highly recommend this new series for all that enjoy cozy mysteries . Cross posted review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I admit that I am a sucker for books about good things happening to people who have gone through bad times. Shortly after Abby divorces her cheating husband, her beloved Aunt Sybil dies and leaves her a beautiful old Victorian house filled with gorgeous hand made quilts. However, along with her worldly possessions, her aunt also seems to have left her to fulfill all her local responsibilities. She finds herself hosting a garage sale to benefit the quilt guild, potting plants and cleaning up the I admit that I am a sucker for books about good things happening to people who have gone through bad times. Shortly after Abby divorces her cheating husband, her beloved Aunt Sybil dies and leaves her a beautiful old Victorian house filled with gorgeous hand made quilts. However, along with her worldly possessions, her aunt also seems to have left her to fulfill all her local responsibilities. She finds herself hosting a garage sale to benefit the quilt guild, potting plants and cleaning up the town, and taking over a committee for the welfare of local seniors. Abby has also inherited a tenant named Tripp, who helps look after the property in exchange for reduced rent. Tripp is a somewhat grumpy ex-soldier who has gone back to school full time. Then there is her aunt's huge mixed breed but mainly mastiff dog, Zeke, who seems to be an excellent judge of character. In spite of the pleasant background story and characters, this is another story that insults the intelligence of it's readers. I doubt that there is a single person reading this book who didn't spot the neon sign over the killer's head screaming, "I did it". Shortly after Abby moves into her aunt's home, they find the body of a difficult guild member that her aunt was seen arguing with on the back of the property and wrapped in one of her aunt's quilts. A woman who had offered to photograph the quilts for a money raising calendar disappeared, supposedly taking the quilts with her. Her husband tells everyone she left with her new lover, but no one has heard from her in months. The husband is a truck driver. A quilt has turned up at a swap meet. The vendor tells Abby that the seller was wearing a black hat with a magenta high heel on it, belonging to a trucking company. Suddenly, these same hats are handed out to workers on town cleanup duty. Police do not see a tie in between missing quilts,and a neighbour murdered and wrapped in one of the missing quilts. Eventually the bell does go off in Abby's head and she mentions the coincidence to the police chief. No on sees the neon sign yet.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    It’s a while since I read a crafty cosy crime and this sounded promising. It follows the familiar formulas of youngish woman from city inherits home in country town from aunt , along with some obligations and craft. This time it is not a craft business but a group, a committee (or two, or three) and some tensions. I enjoyed the sketching of a small US town, including the quilting group. There is the obligatory police officer ( in this case, thankfully, admirably aware of his duty and conflicts o It’s a while since I read a crafty cosy crime and this sounded promising. It follows the familiar formulas of youngish woman from city inherits home in country town from aunt , along with some obligations and craft. This time it is not a craft business but a group, a committee (or two, or three) and some tensions. I enjoyed the sketching of a small US town, including the quilting group. There is the obligatory police officer ( in this case, thankfully, admirably aware of his duty and conflicts of interest) and handyman with the physique and muscles to fill numerous paragraphs. The plot was competently structured. It didn’t bother me that I guessed the culprit halfway through - the solving process was interesting enough to keep me engaged. The real problem for me was the lack of development of the various townsfolk other than the heroine and the two attendant men. They could be characterised as ‘gossips’, ‘attendant ladies’ a developer (hiss..) and ‘courtiers’. To hook me to a series some of these need to become rounded characters in their own right. Then there is the issue of whether Abby is a helper, a fearless investigator or just an interested citizen. In this book she is not consistent. She takes stupid risks and needs rescuing. That may be a good starting point for developing productive, collaborative relationships - but there’s a long way to go. I’d go for two and a half stars if I could.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative's property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached--one of which is tied to a dead body! After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls m When Abby McCree suddenly inherits her favorite relative's property in small town Snowberry Creek, Washington, she soon realizes that the ramshackle home comes with strings attached--one of which is tied to a dead body! After a rough divorce, Abby McCree only wants to stitch up her life and move on. But other loose ends appear after her elderly Aunt Sybil passes away, leaving Abby to tend to a rundown estate, complete with a slobbery Mastiff of questionable pedigree and a sexy tenant who growls more than the dog. As Abby gets drawn into a tight-knit quilting guild, she makes a twisted discovery--Aunt Sybil's only known rival is buried in her backyard! Despite what local detectives say, Abby refuses to accept that her beloved aunt had anything to do with the murder. While navigating a busy social calendar and rediscovering the art of quilting, she launches an investigation of her own to clear Aunt Sybil's name and catch the true culprit. The incriminating clues roll in, yet Abby can't help but wonder--can she survive her new responsibilities in Snowberry Creek and still manage to patch together a killer's deadly pattern without becoming the next victim? Predictable, but ok.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mari (Smut Duchess)

    4.25 ⭐ This was an enjoyable cozy mystery. Recently divorced Abbey has inherited her Aunt Sybil's house. Abbey also inherited her Aunt's mastiff, Zeke and a hot ex military tenant, Tripp. Tripp gets reduced rent for taking care of the yard and doing minor repairs. Aunt Sybil was very active in the community and her quilting club. Abbey finds herself stepping into her Aunt's shoes fulfilling one community commitments after another. Taking Tripp's advice Abbey hires a herd of goats to eat the thorn 4.25 ⭐ This was an enjoyable cozy mystery. Recently divorced Abbey has inherited her Aunt Sybil's house. Abbey also inherited her Aunt's mastiff, Zeke and a hot ex military tenant, Tripp. Tripp gets reduced rent for taking care of the yard and doing minor repairs. Aunt Sybil was very active in the community and her quilting club. Abbey finds herself stepping into her Aunt's shoes fulfilling one community commitments after another. Taking Tripp's advice Abbey hires a herd of goats to eat the thorny blackberry bushes in the back yard. While the goats are chomping away they reveal a body wrapped in one of Aunt Sybil's handmade quilts. The dead woman was Aunt Sybil's rival Dolly. Abbey knows her Aunt wasn't a murderer so she begins to investigate Dolly's murder on her own. I liked the characters and the budding romance between Abbey and Tripp. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Copp

    Abby has recently relocated to Snowberry, WA after her aunt died, leaving Abby her large Victorian home. Along with the Victorian, Abby has also inherited a sexy tenant named Tripp and a giant Mastiff named Zeke. Abby's aunt also participated in the local quilting guild, a responsibility which has fallen on Abby. There are several quilts missing from the the quilting guilds inventory. Abby and Tripp happen on the body of Abby's late aunt's nemesis wrapped in one of the missing quilts. I really l Abby has recently relocated to Snowberry, WA after her aunt died, leaving Abby her large Victorian home. Along with the Victorian, Abby has also inherited a sexy tenant named Tripp and a giant Mastiff named Zeke. Abby's aunt also participated in the local quilting guild, a responsibility which has fallen on Abby. There are several quilts missing from the the quilting guilds inventory. Abby and Tripp happen on the body of Abby's late aunt's nemesis wrapped in one of the missing quilts. I really like the characters and how they work together. Abby gets mixed up in solving the murder, but it isn't because she's looking for the murderer, more because she is looking for the quilts. The culprit wasn't too surprising, but the book was well written and I enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to the next one.

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