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Abby McCree spends a summer showing family films under the stars—only to end the season with an unexpected slasher flick . . . Ushered once again onto another committee by the mayor of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby is tasked with keeping the box office receipts of the town’s Movies in the Park nights. Cut to the director’s chair from where she’s suddenly organizing the Abby McCree spends a summer showing family films under the stars—only to end the season with an unexpected slasher flick . . . Ushered once again onto another committee by the mayor of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby is tasked with keeping the box office receipts of the town’s Movies in the Park nights. Cut to the director’s chair from where she’s suddenly organizing the summer’s last feature. From the opening scene through the final credits, Abby feels she’s earned nominations for best volunteer, best movie date with her tenant Tripp Blackston—and best daughter for ignoring her mother Phoebe’s own movie date with Owen Quinn. Unfortunately, Abby and the others are treated to a post-credits scene: the body of local insurance agent Mitchell Anders. This discovery is followed by a plot twist revealing that the murder weapon comes from Owen’s food truck. With her mother’s boyfriend suspected of murder, Abby starts her own investigation determined to shine a spotlight on the real killer . . .


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Abby McCree spends a summer showing family films under the stars—only to end the season with an unexpected slasher flick . . . Ushered once again onto another committee by the mayor of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby is tasked with keeping the box office receipts of the town’s Movies in the Park nights. Cut to the director’s chair from where she’s suddenly organizing the Abby McCree spends a summer showing family films under the stars—only to end the season with an unexpected slasher flick . . . Ushered once again onto another committee by the mayor of Snowberry Creek, Washington, Abby is tasked with keeping the box office receipts of the town’s Movies in the Park nights. Cut to the director’s chair from where she’s suddenly organizing the summer’s last feature. From the opening scene through the final credits, Abby feels she’s earned nominations for best volunteer, best movie date with her tenant Tripp Blackston—and best daughter for ignoring her mother Phoebe’s own movie date with Owen Quinn. Unfortunately, Abby and the others are treated to a post-credits scene: the body of local insurance agent Mitchell Anders. This discovery is followed by a plot twist revealing that the murder weapon comes from Owen’s food truck. With her mother’s boyfriend suspected of murder, Abby starts her own investigation determined to shine a spotlight on the real killer . . .

30 review for Death by Intermission

  1. 4 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Press for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Alexis Morgan returns to Snowberry Creek for her 4th installment of the Abby McCree mysteries, and she once again proves that she is not your average run-of-the-mill cozy mystery writer. As with all her cozies, there is a good and believable plot involving the murder of a spectator at the final movies in the park night in Snowberry Creek. We also have the introduction of a few new charac Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Press for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Alexis Morgan returns to Snowberry Creek for her 4th installment of the Abby McCree mysteries, and she once again proves that she is not your average run-of-the-mill cozy mystery writer. As with all her cozies, there is a good and believable plot involving the murder of a spectator at the final movies in the park night in Snowberry Creek. We also have the introduction of a few new characters who provide additional drama, in support of the books plot. For this book, Abby now has her mother. Phoebe, visiting her from Seattle, and in the brief time Phoebe was there she was able to find a boyfriend. Both Abby and her mother are divorcees, and for some reason Abby takes an immediate dislike of her mother’s friend, Owen. We even are treated to Phoebe’s “canoodling” during the movie, which brings the first hint of Abby’s dislike for Owen, and it all goes downhill from there. Abby and her mother go to finish the cleanup of the park area and discover the dead body, sitting in a chair away from where the crowds sat during the movie. The police are called in and, before you know it, Owen is the main suspect in the murder. Phoebe takes an immediate dislike to the local police chief and is harshly outspoken as to her feelings and, to be honest, for most of the book Phoebe acts like a petulant love-sick teenager. But this mother-daughter tension helps move the plot along, and also explains some of the issues between the two ladies. While the police go about solving the crime, Abby and her mother continue sparring almost every time they are together and because of this Abby never really gets into solving the crime. This is one of the authors strong suits since, unlike so many cozies, her main character is not smarter nor more intuitive than the police, nor does she actively go about trying to insert herself into the investigation. And thus things happen off the page that move this story along. Owen sits in jail and it is obvious to all that he is withholding certain facts about the night of the murder, and despite Phoebe being allowed to visit him and try to talk some sense into him he still refuses to assist the police. What confuses everyone is that the decedent was new in town since taking over an insurance business, and Owen is also new in town and owns a restaurant and food truck. Did these two know each other from the past, and what secrets are held in a photo that used to hang in the insurance office and has now been stolen. There is a lot here too keep Morgan’s dedicated fans clamoring for more books in this series, as well as hoping that Abby, Phoebe and the men in their lives will eventually enter into long term relationships. This review was previously posted on mysteryandsuspense.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this book is the 4th book in An Abby McCree Mystery series. I really loved the characters in this book. The characters where so much fun to follow, and they each had their own personality. The mystery in this book was so much fun, and there was some good twist and turn in this book. Some of the twists I guess before they where reveal. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, and this is my own opinion about this book. This book is schedule to be This is a cozy mystery, and this book is the 4th book in An Abby McCree Mystery series. I really loved the characters in this book. The characters where so much fun to follow, and they each had their own personality. The mystery in this book was so much fun, and there was some good twist and turn in this book. Some of the twists I guess before they where reveal. I won a kindle edition of this book from a goodreads giveaway, and this is my own opinion about this book. This book is schedule to be release on January 26th 2021.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is the fourth book in the Abby McCree Mystery series by Alexis Morgan, set in Snowberry Creek, Washington featuring Abby McCree and Tripp Blackstone. Divorcée Abby McCree helps organisations to raise money, as well as making quilts and generally keeping herself busy. She is in a good place, her tenant, Tripp Blackston is a great friend, and she is currently lending a hand with the town's movie nights. She has spent the summer as a volunteer on the committee organising open-air film viewings This is the fourth book in the Abby McCree Mystery series by Alexis Morgan, set in Snowberry Creek, Washington featuring Abby McCree and Tripp Blackstone. Divorcée Abby McCree helps organisations to raise money, as well as making quilts and generally keeping herself busy. She is in a good place, her tenant, Tripp Blackston is a great friend, and she is currently lending a hand with the town's movie nights. She has spent the summer as a volunteer on the committee organising open-air film viewings and tonight's will be the last one of the season. Abby is in charge of the box-office receipts but is taking the time to enjoy the film in spite of having to endure her mother, Phoebe, canoodling nearby with her new man, BBQ restaurant owner Owen Quinn. As Phoebe and Abby finish collecting the rubbish at the end of the viewing, they stumble upon the dead body of Mitchell Anders, the local insurance agent who, it transpires, has been stabbed by someone using a chef's knife taken from Owen's food delivery van. Owen becomes the prime suspect and Phoebe, determined to prove Owen's innocence, implores Abby to investigate. With her resourcefulness and sassy attitude, I was pleased to be back in Abby's company though she's a bit of a soft touch when it comes to her fundraising. Alexis Morgan has surrounded Abby with a great supporting cast and Tripp Blackston especially is easy to warm to. The connection and chemistry between him and Abby are evident. Abby also has a true friendship and understanding with Police Chief Gage Logan and of course, Zeke, Abby's lovable Mastiff mix, deserves a mention. The author has written a very strong mystery here too. With its great plot, the pacing is comfortable and even though I was able to figure out the identity of the killer, there were enough red herrings to keep me guessing awhile. Alexis Morgan's abundant humorous touches had me giggling and helped to make Death by Intermission a really compelling, fun read. A marvellous addition to this series, I was totally entertained from beginning to end. Bring on book #5! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Kensington Books via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Abby McCree finds herself in charge of another Snowberry Creek event. This time it’s a family film in the park. Everyone seems to have enjoyed the movie, especially Abby who took in the movie with Tripp Blackston, and Abby’s mother, Phoebe who attended the show with her new boyfriend, restauranteur, and food truck owner, Owen Quinn but they didn’t watch most of the movie because they were making out like teenagers and making Abby cringe. When the movie was over and the park cle Dollycas’s Thoughts Abby McCree finds herself in charge of another Snowberry Creek event. This time it’s a family film in the park. Everyone seems to have enjoyed the movie, especially Abby who took in the movie with Tripp Blackston, and Abby’s mother, Phoebe who attended the show with her new boyfriend, restauranteur, and food truck owner, Owen Quinn but they didn’t watch most of the movie because they were making out like teenagers and making Abby cringe. When the movie was over and the park cleared out Abby, Phoebe, Tripp, and Owen took on the tasks of putting equipment and tables away and picking up any litter left behind. They also found a man who appears to have had too many adult beverages and is sleeping it off. But as Abby gets closer she realizes the man isn’t sleeping, he’s dead. He is identified as Mitchell Anders, the new insurance agent in town, and we quickly learn that he has been stabbed. Stabbed with a chef knife belonging to Owen. Abby doesn’t know much about Owen but when her mother asks her to help clear his name she can’t say no. She also sees the tension between Phoebe and police chief Gage Logan so to keep the peace she needs to get involved. Hopefully, she isn’t making a huge mistake. The characters I have come to love return, and they are joined by Abby’s mother Phoebe visiting from Seattle, Owen Quinn, who has come to town to open a restaurant and food truck, and his employee, Jada. Abby and Tripp’s relationship is moving along nicely. I love the two of them together but her mother doesn’t. In fact, her mother found issue with almost everything Abby did and all of her friends. She was a cantankerous woman throughout most of the story and Abby really did try to keep her cool but finally blew. I found Abby’s reactions to be very realistic. Her mother’s attitude and actions were a little over the top but the relationship challenges did add a unique slant to the book. Again the lovable mastiff Zeke stole my heart. The mystery was very well constructed. Owen is holding something back and there are a wide variety of clues that open up the suspect pool. One glaring clue was found in an intriguing place and when discovered broke the case wide open. I really enjoyed this twist and the manner in which it was handled. The way all the subplots entwined with the main plot really kept those pages turning. Death by Intermission is a superb addition to this series. Ms. Morgan knows how to give her readers a stellar mystery to solve laced with a nice amount of humor and the perfect amount of romance. She has placed her characters in an interesting small town that always has an event or two for them to get believably involved in. I was smiling as the book drew to a close. I can’t wait to see what these characters are up to next.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Blaine DeSantis

    Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Press for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Alexis Morgan returns to Snowberry Creek for her 4th installment of the Abby McCree mysteries, and she once again proves that she is not your average run-of-the-mill cozy mystery writer. As with all her cozies, there is a good and believable plot involving the murder of a spectator at the final movies in the park night in Snowberry Creek. We also have the introduction of a few new charac Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Press for a free advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. Alexis Morgan returns to Snowberry Creek for her 4th installment of the Abby McCree mysteries, and she once again proves that she is not your average run-of-the-mill cozy mystery writer. As with all her cozies, there is a good and believable plot involving the murder of a spectator at the final movies in the park night in Snowberry Creek. We also have the introduction of a few new characters who provide additional drama, in support of the books plot. For this book, Abby now has her mother. Phoebe, visiting her from Seattle, and in the brief time Phoebe was there she was able to find a boyfriend. Both Abby and her mother are divorcees, and for some reason Abby takes an immediate dislike of her mother’s friend, Owen. We even are treated to Phoebe’s “canoodling” during the movie, which brings the first hint of Abby’s dislike for Owen, and it all goes downhill from there. Abby and her mother go to finish the cleanup of the park area and discover the dead body, sitting in a chair away from where the crowds sat during the movie. The police are called in and, before you know it, Owen is the main suspect in the murder. Phoebe takes an immediate dislike to the local police chief and is harshly outspoken as to her feelings and, to be honest, for most of the book Phoebe acts like a petulant love-sick teenager. But this mother-daughter tension helps move the plot along, and also explains some of the issues between the two ladies. While the police go about solving the crime, Abby and her mother continue sparring almost every time they are together and because of this Abby never really gets into solving the crime. This is one of the authors strong suits since, unlike so many cozies, her main character is not smarter nor more intuitive than the police, nor does she actively go about trying to insert herself into the investigation. And thus things happen off the page that move this story along. Owen sits in jail and it is obvious to all that he is withholding certain facts about the night of the murder, and despite Phoebe being allowed to visit him and try to talk some sense into him he still refuses to assist the police. What confuses everyone is that the decedent was new in town since taking over an insurance business, and Owen is also new in town and owns a restaurant and food truck. Did these two know each other from the past, and what secrets are held in a photo that used to hang in the insurance office and has now been stolen. There is a lot here too keep Morgan’s dedicated fans clamoring for more books in this series, as well as hoping that Abby, Phoebe and the men in their lives will eventually enter into long term relationships. This review was previously posted on mysteryandsuspense.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    I enjoyed this latest book in the series. I look forward to seeing what Abby and Tripp get up to. This latest outing includes Abby's mother and it definitely keeps things interesting. I look forward to the next one. #DeathbyIntermission #NetGalley I enjoyed this latest book in the series. I look forward to seeing what Abby and Tripp get up to. This latest outing includes Abby's mother and it definitely keeps things interesting. I look forward to the next one. #DeathbyIntermission #NetGalley

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Death by Intermission is the fourth installment in the An Abby McCree Mystery series set in Snowberry Creek, Washington and featuring Abby McCree and her pet mastiff, Zeke. Abby has once again found herself forced on to another local committee by the town mayor, this time overseeing the last "Movies in the Park" of the season. Abby is anxious that the movie night goes without a hitch but, she's really looking forward to spending the night under the stars with her tenant, Tripp Blackston, whom sh Death by Intermission is the fourth installment in the An Abby McCree Mystery series set in Snowberry Creek, Washington and featuring Abby McCree and her pet mastiff, Zeke. Abby has once again found herself forced on to another local committee by the town mayor, this time overseeing the last "Movies in the Park" of the season. Abby is anxious that the movie night goes without a hitch but, she's really looking forward to spending the night under the stars with her tenant, Tripp Blackston, whom she seems to be growing closer to each day. Abby's enjoying the movie despite the fact that her mother, Phoebe is in town for a visit and within days of arrival has started up a relationship with Owen Quinn and is now busy canoodling with him on a nearby blanket. Abby knows nothing about Owen other than he owns a BBQ restaurant and operates a food truck but something about the man is rubbing her the wrong way. Conducting a final "trash sweep" after the movie, Abby and her mother stumble upon the dead body of Mitchell Anders, the local insurance agent, who it appears has been stabbed by a chef knife taken from Owen's food truck. Phoebe begs Abby to help clear Owen's name. Abby really doesn't want to get involved because she feels that Owen's hiding something from his past, but Phoebe is so obnoxious to local police chief, Gage Logan and the rest of the town officers, Abby steps in just to try and save her friendships with the local law enforcement before Phoebe alienates everyone from Abby's life. The mystery is good however, the plot is overshadowed by the constant snipping and arguing between Abby and her mother. Phoebe is a new character to the series so we really don't know much about the mother/daughter relationship but the contentious dialogue between the two (especially in front of other people) is cringe worthy. At times, I just wanted to close the book and walk away - feeling little connection to either of the women. I'll continue to read the series because I do enjoy the relationship between Abby, Tripp and Zeke. I do hope that future installments will introduce Abby to a few friends, as she seems to have nobody in her life to spend time with other than Tripp and Gage. I received an advanced copy of Death by Intermission from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing. While not required to write a review I am happy to offer my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Almada

    This is a fun series. I like Abby and her progress in finding a new home, settling in, making friends, being involved in a small town. Unfortunately while volunteering, or being volunteered, again she and her visiting Mom find a dead body while cleaning up after an evening movie in the park event. When her Mom's new friend is considered a person of interest you know Abby won't be sitting on the sidelines. Enjoyed joining them for the ride!!! This is a fun series. I like Abby and her progress in finding a new home, settling in, making friends, being involved in a small town. Unfortunately while volunteering, or being volunteered, again she and her visiting Mom find a dead body while cleaning up after an evening movie in the park event. When her Mom's new friend is considered a person of interest you know Abby won't be sitting on the sidelines. Enjoyed joining them for the ride!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ottilee B.

    That Mother! Great story but the Mother I wanted to kill myself. Recommended anyway. Why are more words needed for a review?? I said my piece!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan Willis

    Abby's mother has come to visit. Unfortunately, she and her mother find a body and her mother's new boyfriend may be involved. Answers are buried in the past and time is runn ing out to find the killer. Thoroughly enjoyable. Abby's mother has come to visit. Unfortunately, she and her mother find a body and her mother's new boyfriend may be involved. Answers are buried in the past and time is runn ing out to find the killer. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    DEATH BY INTERMISSION by Alexis Morgan The Fourth Abby McCree Mystery It's bad enough that Abby McCree is once again in charge of a committee, but she's also dealing with a visit from her mother. Abby's relationship with her mother is strained as Phoebe carries on with a relative stranger, but treats Abby as if she were a teenager. Things get more complicated when Abby and Phoebe find a dead body while cleaning up after the town's movie night. With her romantic interest a person of interest Phoeb DEATH BY INTERMISSION by Alexis Morgan The Fourth Abby McCree Mystery It's bad enough that Abby McCree is once again in charge of a committee, but she's also dealing with a visit from her mother. Abby's relationship with her mother is strained as Phoebe carries on with a relative stranger, but treats Abby as if she were a teenager. Things get more complicated when Abby and Phoebe find a dead body while cleaning up after the town's movie night. With her romantic interest a person of interest Phoebe goes on the warpath. Will Abby be able to rein her mom in, or will she be the one to blow her own top? With a young woman in the crosshairs of a killer, the two had better find a way to catch the murderer before they kill each other! I really love this series and this book is a great example of just why. The mother/daughter dynamic in DEATH BY INTERMISSION is brilliantly written. Abby may be an adult, but living with her mom brings her right back to her teen-aged self. At times I wanted to throttle Phoebe and I was so proud when Abby stood up to her and fought back. I also feel the hurt that Abby felt when her mom said some of the things she did. But the two do love each other and I was cheering Phoebe on during the ultimate confrontation. I appreciate how Abby stands up for her friends and enjoy seeing the relationship between her and Tripp grow. Intelligent, well developed characters, a smart well plotted mystery, a spark of romance, a sweet big dog, and laugh out loud moments make DEATH BY INTERMISSION a fantastic book that shouldn't be missed. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Abby McCree's Movie Night in the park for Snowcreek, Washington turned out pretty well except for her visiting mother's interest in a local barbecue food truck's owner. Oh, and that dead body she and her mother discovered when cleaning after the event was over put a serious crimp in the evening. When her mother's friend becomes a suspect in the murder, a rift between Abby and her mother begins escalating. The only way to cope is for Abby to run inference with the law and investigate herself. You Abby McCree's Movie Night in the park for Snowcreek, Washington turned out pretty well except for her visiting mother's interest in a local barbecue food truck's owner. Oh, and that dead body she and her mother discovered when cleaning after the event was over put a serious crimp in the evening. When her mother's friend becomes a suspect in the murder, a rift between Abby and her mother begins escalating. The only way to cope is for Abby to run inference with the law and investigate herself. You will totally enjoy your visit to Snowcreek. Abby is inquisitive and resourceful without putting herself in too many dangerous situations. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the fourth book in the Abby McCree mystery series by Alexis Morgan. I really enjoyed this installment of the Abby McCree mysteries. I thought Owen was quite a wild card. At first you think he is only her mother’s boyfriend, but there is so much more backstory there. I wish they had focused a bit more on that part since it wasn’t completely clear to me. But indeed good stuff. The plot was nicely crafted and it makes you continually question your own list of suspects and who is curr 4.5 stars This is the fourth book in the Abby McCree mystery series by Alexis Morgan. I really enjoyed this installment of the Abby McCree mysteries. I thought Owen was quite a wild card. At first you think he is only her mother’s boyfriend, but there is so much more backstory there. I wish they had focused a bit more on that part since it wasn’t completely clear to me. But indeed good stuff. The plot was nicely crafted and it makes you continually question your own list of suspects and who is currently at the top. Of course, for me, it can change from chapter to chapter. I like the whole community in this series and look forward to visiting whenever a new book pops up. Definitely a series I want to continue to follow. If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jerri Cachero

    What a fun book! Abby has her hands full with her lovestruck mother, deciding what her future will be and being involved in another murder investigation when a man is killed during an outside movie festival she coordinated. This was the first book I've read on this series and I wasn't lost in the story. The author does a great job of "catching" the reader and it made me want to read the previous books. Abby is independent, loyal and making a new life for herself. The mystery kept me reading and I What a fun book! Abby has her hands full with her lovestruck mother, deciding what her future will be and being involved in another murder investigation when a man is killed during an outside movie festival she coordinated. This was the first book I've read on this series and I wasn't lost in the story. The author does a great job of "catching" the reader and it made me want to read the previous books. Abby is independent, loyal and making a new life for herself. The mystery kept me reading and I enjoyed the relationship between Tripp (her boyfriend) and Abby. Her mother Phoebe was annoying at first but later wasn't so bad. The "red herrings" kept me guessing and I didn't figure out "whodunit". I'm looking forward to the next book ! I received an ARC from NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This is the first cozy I’ve read by this author and it won’t be the last! I really enjoyed Abby and Tripp and their friends in Snowberry Creek. We get to know the characters well through actions and realistic conversations. That includes the conversations between Abby and her visiting mother, Phoebe. The complex mystery kept me guessing. Abby’s mother is visiting from Seattle. Ever since she met Owen, owner of a new BBQ restaurant, she has much more of an interest in visiting her daughter. They a This is the first cozy I’ve read by this author and it won’t be the last! I really enjoyed Abby and Tripp and their friends in Snowberry Creek. We get to know the characters well through actions and realistic conversations. That includes the conversations between Abby and her visiting mother, Phoebe. The complex mystery kept me guessing. Abby’s mother is visiting from Seattle. Ever since she met Owen, owner of a new BBQ restaurant, she has much more of an interest in visiting her daughter. They are at the last movie in the park event for the summer, and the closest thing Abby and the former Special Forces soldier who rents her guesthouse, Tripp, will have to a date. Their friendship has progressed slowly; he is attending college and doesn’t have much free time. Mostly he has helped get her out of trouble when looking into a few little murders. Phoebe and Owen’s “canoodling” puts a damper on Abby’s enjoyment of one of her favorite movies. Abby is volunteered for many things by the mayor’s assistant. Tonight, she must help clean up the park before they leave. Phoebe helps Abby pick up trash while Owen and Tripp help in other areas. As she picks up trash near the woods, she sees a lounge chair a few feet into the woods with empty beer cans around it. Phoebe shook the shoulder of the man on the chair to send him on his way, but he won’t wake up. She can feel that his shirt is wet, and assumes it is from the beer. Then they realize there is blood on her hands and the man is dead. Owen recognizes the dead man as Mitch, the new insurance rep who took over for Don Davidson after his recent death. Gage, the chief of police, sees that Mitch was stabbed and the murder weapon that everyone else has missed. A chef’s knife is identified as one of Owen’s, and Phoebe is furious that he is held for questioning, convinced he will be railroaded. Abby doesn’t want to get involved in another murder investigation, but to have peace from her mother, she manages to ask questions here and there, especially of her close friends, the ladies in the quilt guild, also friends of her late Aunt Sybil, from whom she inherited the home she lives in. I love this group of friends! Some people think it is odd that her closest friends are much older than she is. I don’t. She is very content with her new life, even if Phoebe isn’t. There are funny, laugh-out-loud moments interspersed with sweetness of her and Tripp growing closer, tension with Phoebe, and times of fear when Abby herself becomes a target. Tripp and her 95-pound Mastiff, Zeke, are charged with keeping her and Phoebe safe. The mother-daughter aspect brought insights that I had not considered before, one of the things our moms fear most. This enjoyable mystery is fast paced with plot twists that offer various suspects. It took a community effort to find the clue that narrows down the suspect pool and reveals quite a long-term scheme. There are still surprises; even Phoebe gets in the act of stopping whodunit in their tracks! I highly recommend this mystery and series to fans of well-written cozy mysteries, novels that include an eclectic mix of ages and backgrounds, a complex mystery, and a setting that I will be back to visit! From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this novel from Amazon through a Goodreads First Read contest, and this is my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Abby McCree is on a real date - such as it is, outdoors surrounded by other people watching a movie in the park - with her tenant Tripp Blackston, whom she's getting closer to each day. Unfortunately, her mother is also there with her boyfriend, Owen Quinn, whom Abby isn't too sure about since no one seems to know anything about him except he has a part-time barbeque restaurant and fishes the rest of the time. But she can't worry about it, because it's her job to clean up after the movie and mak Abby McCree is on a real date - such as it is, outdoors surrounded by other people watching a movie in the park - with her tenant Tripp Blackston, whom she's getting closer to each day. Unfortunately, her mother is also there with her boyfriend, Owen Quinn, whom Abby isn't too sure about since no one seems to know anything about him except he has a part-time barbeque restaurant and fishes the rest of the time. But she can't worry about it, because it's her job to clean up after the movie and make sure the park is pristine. Helped by her mother, they sweep the area with flashlights until her mom comes across a grisly discovery: a dead body. Now, with Owen suspected of the murder, her mother angry at Gage for not finding a killer and declaring him incompetent, Abby is stuck in the middle of an investigation Tripp doesn't want her anywhere near. But if Abby doesn't find the real killer, Owen - or someone else who's innocent - could be stuck behind bars for a long time... This is the fourth book in the series and each time I read one of them I find them getting more and more delightful. No, this is no earth-shattering series; it's not deeply mysterious nor terribly suspenseful. But what it is, is fun. And quite a lot of it. We watch Abby as she's dealing with her mother temporarily staying with her - and that's no picnic for Abby at all - as the two women are going head to head quite a bit, with Tripp stuck in the middle trying to protect Abby for all it's worth. Not that Phoebe is mean; she's just worried about Owen. But Owen is keeping secrets, and he's not telling. Then when his employee has a problem that scares her, Abby is once again called in the middle of the investigation she's supposed to be staying out of. Now she's dealing with more than just her mom, her budding relationship with Tripp, and trying to keep her temper. But things soon heat up and somehow she discovers that there's just no way to stay out of the fire... When the murderer is discovered, it is somewhat of a surprise, not fully getting what seems easy to detect. It makes for an entertaining ride that keeps going up and down, the mystery intertwined with Abby's relationship issues with the people around her, and the climax of discovering a killer. It's great enjoyment to read a book that sticks to its subject matter and takes us out of life's daily problems and into the life of Abby McCree, which is always worth reading, pulling us into a neat murder mystery that always has us wondering what will come next. I can't wait for the next in the series and wish I could read it immediately. I dare you to end this book without a smile on your face. Highly recommended. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley but it in no way influenced my review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    My reviews for this series in the past have averaged an OK rating. I found the mysteries relatively weak and I didn't find the characters very appealing. Well, this was a DNF for me. I gave up at 27%. I believe Abby's mother may have been mentioned merely in passing in one of the other books so we don't have much knowledge to work with and are thrust immediately in the middle of mother/daughter issues since Mom is visiting. Both are guilty to me as written and I didn't feel like reading more of t My reviews for this series in the past have averaged an OK rating. I found the mysteries relatively weak and I didn't find the characters very appealing. Well, this was a DNF for me. I gave up at 27%. I believe Abby's mother may have been mentioned merely in passing in one of the other books so we don't have much knowledge to work with and are thrust immediately in the middle of mother/daughter issues since Mom is visiting. Both are guilty to me as written and I didn't feel like reading more of their struggles to deal with each other. Of the two, I thought Abby was acting the worst. I was seriously thinking of not reading any more of the series after #3 (so many cozy series out there to keep going with one I don't consistently like), this one seals the deal for me. I received my copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Abby McCree is hosting the final movie in the park night in Snowberry Creek. With her mother in town to visit Abby and her new gentleman friend, they are both helping to clean up after the event. As they scan the permitter for trash they stumble upon an attendee that is snoozing. When Phoebe tries to wake the man up, Abby realizes the man is dead and thus begins another day in the life of Abby McCree, dead body magnet. With Phoebe’s gentleman friend, Owen, being the main suspect Abby and Phoebe d Abby McCree is hosting the final movie in the park night in Snowberry Creek. With her mother in town to visit Abby and her new gentleman friend, they are both helping to clean up after the event. As they scan the permitter for trash they stumble upon an attendee that is snoozing. When Phoebe tries to wake the man up, Abby realizes the man is dead and thus begins another day in the life of Abby McCree, dead body magnet. With Phoebe’s gentleman friend, Owen, being the main suspect Abby and Phoebe do a little digging to help clear the man’s name. Even though Abby doesn’t believe Owen is the murderer, she doesn’t know much about him and he keeps his life before coming to town a secret, though she suspect he is ex military like Tripp and Gage. When the dead man turns out to be ex military and a picture of a group of ex military men disappears, it seems more than national secrets are being kept and Abby aims to find out what is going on without becoming the next victim. Having Phoebe visit was a great way to bring this story together and I wonder if we will see her moving to Snowberry Creek in future books. The mother-daughter tension is one we can all relate to and adds a new element to the story line. A fun series with a big old teddy bear of a dog and an eclectic cast of characters, you can’t go wrong spending some time in Snowberry Creek. Having Phoebe visit was a great way to bring this story together and I wonder if we will see her moving to Snowberry Creek in future books. The mother-daughter tension is one we can all relate to and adds a new element to the story line. A fun series with a big old teddy bear of a dog and an eclectic cast of characters, you can’t go wrong spending some time in Snowberry Creek.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is the 4th in the Abby McCree mystery series. Abby is in charge of the last movie in the park event in Snowberry Creek and all appears to have gone without a hitch until when Abby and her visiting mother Phoebe are cleaning up and find the dead body of the new insurance agent in town. Tripp, Abby’s renter and boyfriend is not thrilled and neither is Gage the police chief that Abby is once again finding a dead body. Abby is not so thrilled herself and her Mother is equally upset especially w This is the 4th in the Abby McCree mystery series. Abby is in charge of the last movie in the park event in Snowberry Creek and all appears to have gone without a hitch until when Abby and her visiting mother Phoebe are cleaning up and find the dead body of the new insurance agent in town. Tripp, Abby’s renter and boyfriend is not thrilled and neither is Gage the police chief that Abby is once again finding a dead body. Abby is not so thrilled herself and her Mother is equally upset especially when her new love interest Owen is taken into custody as the murder weapon is one of his knives. Owen is relatively new to town and runs a barbeque restaurant and food truck. His food truck was working the event and he did go and check on things for part of the movie. Phoebe is livid with Gage and is downright rude and Abby is caught in the middle as Gage is only doing his job. Things get tense with her Mom as she is concerned about Owen and does not believe her could have done this but Abby does not know much about him and has her doubts. Owen asks Phoebe and Abby to check on his employee Jada and to let her know she will still get paid. Then when Jada’s house is broken into and Gage calls Abby to help Jada things begin to get really complicated. Is Owen protecting Jada or vice versa. Abby is a great character and sometimes acts before she thinks but she does try to temper her actions and stay safe. The relationship with her Mom at times was tense but I think she will come around and realize Abby has found her home in Snowberry. I like that the relationship with Tripp is moving along. This is a good solid series and I look forward to the next installment. Recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    What should have been a fun night in the park watching the last movie of the summer movie night program soon turned deadly. Abby is in charge of the after show clean up crew but her mind is elsewhere and her thoughts are conflicted, to say the least. Her divorcee mother, visiting for more than a few weeks from Seattle, has found her own boyfriend and Abby is creeped out about it. Watching her own mother canoodling (as Abby puts it) with the new guy in town, Owen...well Abby is having some big ti What should have been a fun night in the park watching the last movie of the summer movie night program soon turned deadly. Abby is in charge of the after show clean up crew but her mind is elsewhere and her thoughts are conflicted, to say the least. Her divorcee mother, visiting for more than a few weeks from Seattle, has found her own boyfriend and Abby is creeped out about it. Watching her own mother canoodling (as Abby puts it) with the new guy in town, Owen...well Abby is having some big time issues about it. She is does not like Owen much, to be honest. He seems a bit off. Soon after the movie ends, she and her mother are picking up trash and find more than they expected. Beer cans, sure but not the very dead man seated amidst them. Finding her fourth dead body since moving to the small Washington State town of Snowberry Creek isn't something Abby is thrilled about. She has learned way too much about police procedure for one lifetime. That soon comes in handy as her mother's new boyfriend is declared the prime suspect. Both the victim and Owen were new to town and the murder weapon is a chef's knife. Open and shut case? Her mother is in high gear to clear Owen and Abby has her hands full to keep her under control and also try to figure out what got the dead guy stabbed. Dealing with her 'Mother issues' is another challenge. This is a great series and Abby is a very realistic character. The mystery is complex enough to keep the reader guessing and the ending is satisfying. I'm holding a spot on my TBR list for the next book. My thanks to the publisher Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Castor

    A very fun and intriguing book! Snowberry Creek is holding the last of their summer movie nights in the park. After the movie ends, Abby, Tripp, Abby’s mom, and Abby’s mom’s gentleman friend, Owen, help to clean up. Abby and her mom stumble across a dead body while cleaning up. It turns out to be Mitch Anders, the local insurance agent. It turns out that Mitch was murdered and the murder weapon is one of Owen’s knives. Abby’s mom is not at all happy with how things are being handled by the polic A very fun and intriguing book! Snowberry Creek is holding the last of their summer movie nights in the park. After the movie ends, Abby, Tripp, Abby’s mom, and Abby’s mom’s gentleman friend, Owen, help to clean up. Abby and her mom stumble across a dead body while cleaning up. It turns out to be Mitch Anders, the local insurance agent. It turns out that Mitch was murdered and the murder weapon is one of Owen’s knives. Abby’s mom is not at all happy with how things are being handled by the police and it is causing problems between Abby and her mom. The McCree ladies go to visit the young woman who works for Owen, Jada Davidson, and try to see if they can help after Owen is arrested. After Jada’s house gets broken into, she comes to stay with Abby. It is later discovered that a picture of Jada’s dad with his army buddies was taken the night of the break in. It seems likely that the missing picture is connected to the murder. This book was really intriguing as there weren’t really any suspects other than Owen, who seemed a little too obvious, and that made me want to keep reading to find out who the killer was in addition to the motive. I enjoyed getting to meet Abby’s mom and they definitely butted heads several times over the murder and Abby’s choice to stay in Snowberry Creek and get involved with Tripp. Abby and Tripp’s romantic relationship seemed to be developing and I loved seeing the little moments between them. It was nice to see the women come together in the end to catch a killer. I look forward to more of this series and seeing what’s next for Abby and Tripp and Zeke the dog!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan Johnston

    Princess Fuzzypants here: Abby’s mother is visiting and things are not going well. She is quick to criticize every move Abby makes and when the two of them find a murder victim and her mom’s new beau is arrested as the prime suspect, the tension goes everywhere but down. Her mom takes aim at all and sundry including Gage, Abby’s Police Chief friend. Instead of helping Owen, she only complicates an already complicated mess. Enter Owen’s young employee, Jada. She has just lost her father and now, w Princess Fuzzypants here: Abby’s mother is visiting and things are not going well. She is quick to criticize every move Abby makes and when the two of them find a murder victim and her mom’s new beau is arrested as the prime suspect, the tension goes everywhere but down. Her mom takes aim at all and sundry including Gage, Abby’s Police Chief friend. Instead of helping Owen, she only complicates an already complicated mess. Enter Owen’s young employee, Jada. She has just lost her father and now, with Owen in jail, she might lose her job. Someone tried to break into her house in the middle of the night and she ends up staying with Abby. Things really get complicated. It seems Owen is not who he seems to be but then neither was her father, the murder victim or her godfather. Both Gage and Abby’s boyfriend/tenant, who served overseas together, know there are secrets that have created this situation stem from their military service. Just how it all comes together and whether it has anything to do with the murder will all be revealed before the end of the book. It is a good mystery with lots of twists and turns. But this series is character driven and I have enjoyed the development of the relationships between Tripp, Gage and Abby. Adding in the contentious relationship between Abby and her mother and then Owen and Jada has continued to build the enjoyment. I look forward to see where it might go from here. Five purrs and two paws up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEATH BY INTERMISSION (Book 4 of the Abby McCree Mysteries) by Alexis Morgan in exchange for an honest review. Community service has been one of the themes of Abby McCree’s life since she moved to Snowberry Creek. Thus, Abby finds herself responsible for organizing, running, and cleaning up after the last of this year’s Movies in the Park. During cleanup, Abby is confronted by another theme of her life in her new town: murder. When Abby and her mother Through NetGalley, I received a free copy of DEATH BY INTERMISSION (Book 4 of the Abby McCree Mysteries) by Alexis Morgan in exchange for an honest review. Community service has been one of the themes of Abby McCree’s life since she moved to Snowberry Creek. Thus, Abby finds herself responsible for organizing, running, and cleaning up after the last of this year’s Movies in the Park. During cleanup, Abby is confronted by another theme of her life in her new town: murder. When Abby and her mother, Phoebe, find a murdered man that evening, Abby’s mother is in a tizzy. When Phoebe’s mysterious new boyfriend Owen becomes the chief suspect, Phoebe erupts in an anti-police frenzy. Abby clashed with her mother over several issues: Abby’s continuing to live away from the rest of her family; Abby’s relationship with U.S. Veteran Tripp Blackston; and Abby’s insistent support of local law enforcement. Frazzled by her mother’s constant haranguing, Abby frequently flees her house to escape her mother, and, against her better judgment and promises to the contrary, investigating both Owen’s secrets and the murder. I liked this book and enjoy the series. I recommend this book to fans of the series. I recommend the series to fans of cozy mysteries featuring murder, a heroine new to town, community service, veterans, and a doggy sidekick. #DeathbyIntermission #NetGalley

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Abby McCree is dealing with more than just a murder, this time she is also having to deal with her MOM. Amazing scene writing, made me feel like I was in the room with Abby as she tried her best to maintain her cool while also trying to be a supportive sleuth. I was almost surprised that the book didn't catch on fire between the sparks of contention from the McCree women or the sparks of romance between Abby and Trip. I will also admit that at one point in the store I sucked in my breath and tho Abby McCree is dealing with more than just a murder, this time she is also having to deal with her MOM. Amazing scene writing, made me feel like I was in the room with Abby as she tried her best to maintain her cool while also trying to be a supportive sleuth. I was almost surprised that the book didn't catch on fire between the sparks of contention from the McCree women or the sparks of romance between Abby and Trip. I will also admit that at one point in the store I sucked in my breath and thought "OH NO," when Abby and Trip had a big disagreement. Gist of the story is that Abby is still relatively new to town but she has decided that Snowberry Creek is going to be her town, her home, and her future, and her Mom needs to deal with it. At the same time, Phoebe McCree has decided that she likes spending time with the new BBQ man of mystery, Owen even if it means spending time with him in jail because he is a person of interest. Abby can't let her Mom down or the a variety of other people even though she may be putting her new and fragile relationship with Trip on the line. He hates it when she is in trouble or danger. Great story, great character development that can stand on it's own without needing to have read the three books that came before. Oh, but you will want to read them just to see how it all started.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Desiree

    I keep reading this series thinking it will get better. Abby McCree keeps finding murder victims. And the men in her life keep treating her poorly. She excuses it because of their experiences in the military. She also keeps letting people sign her up to head committees she does not want to lead. Or just signing her up without asking her (as in a previous book in the series). I like the mysteries. I like the characters for the most part. It is only when the men are either talking down to or yellin I keep reading this series thinking it will get better. Abby McCree keeps finding murder victims. And the men in her life keep treating her poorly. She excuses it because of their experiences in the military. She also keeps letting people sign her up to head committees she does not want to lead. Or just signing her up without asking her (as in a previous book in the series). I like the mysteries. I like the characters for the most part. It is only when the men are either talking down to or yelling at Abby because they do not like her choices. It's common enough that Abby warned her mother before Tripp came to ignore anything Tripp said after she and her mother discovered the dead body. (As if they went looking for it and there was anything for him to be mad about.) The rest of the mystery was good. The relationship between Abby and her mother is strained, but it becomes even more so when the man Abby's mother is dating is taken in for questioning during a murder investigation. Abby is not sure she likes him, but still works to find answers. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    April

    Death by Intermission is the 4th book in the Abby McCree Mystery series. It is the first book I’ve read in the series. I was able to follow the storyline and felt comfortable with the characters and their back story. It does make me want to read the earlier mysteries. Abby is a curious and independent woman living in Snowberry Creek which is about two hours from Seattle, according to the book. She has a small house behind her home that is rented by Tripp. Abby and Tripp are friends with at least Death by Intermission is the 4th book in the Abby McCree Mystery series. It is the first book I’ve read in the series. I was able to follow the storyline and felt comfortable with the characters and their back story. It does make me want to read the earlier mysteries. Abby is a curious and independent woman living in Snowberry Creek which is about two hours from Seattle, according to the book. She has a small house behind her home that is rented by Tripp. Abby and Tripp are friends with at least kissing benefits. The town has summer movies in the park. After the last movie of the year, Abby and her mother find a dead man on the edge of the park. There are several odd events and people not telling the police the whole story. I like that Abby respects Gage, the police chief. It doesn’t mean she doesn’t get herself into trouble but she mostly tries to let him do his job. Key clues do tend to come into her sphere so she always ends up involved. I wasn’t expecting the ending. I definitely think I’ll be looking for more Abby McCree adventures. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book prior to publication.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    Death By Intermission is a cozy mystery set in Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby McCree organizes a Movies in the Park event, but discovers a body at the end of one of the screenings. The suspect in the murder turns out to be her mother's boyfriend, so Abby sets out to solve the mystery. I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries and was intrigued by the Movies in the Park storyline. This is my first book in the Abby McCree Mystery series. I picked up on the characters and setting r Death By Intermission is a cozy mystery set in Snowberry Creek, Washington. Abby McCree organizes a Movies in the Park event, but discovers a body at the end of one of the screenings. The suspect in the murder turns out to be her mother's boyfriend, so Abby sets out to solve the mystery. I wanted to read this book because I love cozy mysteries and was intrigued by the Movies in the Park storyline. This is my first book in the Abby McCree Mystery series. I picked up on the characters and setting right way, and it worked fine as a standalone. This was a fun, fast paced cozy mystery. I liked the small town setting, the characters (especially Abby and her boyfriend/tenant, Tripp), and her lovable, protective Mastiff dog, Zeke. The tension between Abby and her mother was a major part of this novel, and it was well done and realistic. The mystery aspects of the novel were well done. It kept me guessing right up to the denouement. I recommend Death By Intermission for fans of cozy mysteries, and especially for anyone who enjoys amateur sleuths and small town settings.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah F

    oh look yet another cliches "cozy" mystery .Only mystery is why all these female writers have mo imagination and copy each other. Every female lead character is an annoying exasperating yenta who gets in the way of the detective /cops investigating the murder because they thi k they know better. Only difference us the town and their occupation also they never quit getting in the way never solve it by waits but more dumb luck and always get into trouble /danger causing said detective or "ex specia oh look yet another cliches "cozy" mystery .Only mystery is why all these female writers have mo imagination and copy each other. Every female lead character is an annoying exasperating yenta who gets in the way of the detective /cops investigating the murder because they thi k they know better. Only difference us the town and their occupation also they never quit getting in the way never solve it by waits but more dumb luck and always get into trouble /danger causing said detective or "ex special.forces "( that's a favorite of these writers ) boyfriend to have to save their stupid ass . in this book aloud boyfriend yells about her specifically about the number of times she was in danger and how she eavesdrops al the time that's not brains or wit and nothing charming or humorous about this ps ger mother us as annoyingly stupid as her. in real life no man would put up with this oh and 336 pages to come to.an ending ? drag drag drag if I could give it negative stars I would .

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the 4th Abby McCree Mystery and one of my favorites of the series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is unbiased . In this next in series we return to our protagnist Abby who is managing her last movie in the park night . Her Mother is attending with her significant other and is making Abby uncomfortable with their PDA. When a murder occurs Abby is shocked to find out her Mother's boyfriend is prime suspect number one and steps up to inve This is the 4th Abby McCree Mystery and one of my favorites of the series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is unbiased . In this next in series we return to our protagnist Abby who is managing her last movie in the park night . Her Mother is attending with her significant other and is making Abby uncomfortable with their PDA. When a murder occurs Abby is shocked to find out her Mother's boyfriend is prime suspect number one and steps up to investigate .Her Mother and Abby have a very contentious relationship in this next in series and Abby has to work that relationship out while working to solve the crime. Her neighbor Tripp factors in more in this book and that seems like a setting for a strong relationship in the future. The sleuth was fun and interesting to conclusion. I enjoy this series with likable charcters and a smart savvy protagnist.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lavelle

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. I have the first 2 books in this series waiting on my kindle to be read- so the series had obviously previously caught my eye. This is book 4 in the series though but I think it would be fine to read it as a stand alone- I will go back and read the previous books, but I think everything still makes sense if you just want to pick this one book up. This is a classic amateur sleuth who end Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. I have the first 2 books in this series waiting on my kindle to be read- so the series had obviously previously caught my eye. This is book 4 in the series though but I think it would be fine to read it as a stand alone- I will go back and read the previous books, but I think everything still makes sense if you just want to pick this one book up. This is a classic amateur sleuth who ends up helping/interfering with the police investigation. There’s a romance element as well as a tense relationship with the protagonist’s mother. And for those who like a canine companion in their cozy mysteries- then this has a huge Mastiff cross breed that ticks that box. I enjoyed this mystery- it didn’t overly surprise me but it was an enjoyable way to spend a wet and cold afternoon whilst in another national lockdown. 3.5 stars

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