Beguiled by Bourbon by Lucy Lakestone

Title: Beguiled by Bourbon (Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries #5)

Author: Lucy Lakestone

Published on: 17 January 2023

Genre: Cozy Mystery

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Beguiled by Bourbon is the fifth book in Lucy Lakestone’s Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries.

My favorite author Lucy Lakestone is back with another fantabulous and sassy Bohemia Bartenders Mystery. This time, Pepper Revelle is in Kentucky bourbon county. Her new friend and distiller Royce has invited the Bohemia Bartenders for the launch of his new bourbon. He’s asked Pepper to join him two days before the rest of BB group.

Things are going pretty well at the bourbon county. Pepper and Royce get along fine… more than fine. It’s purely platonic but Neil, the handsome hunk of a fella and Pepper’s boss, is a tad jealous. As the festivities begin, Royce’s assistant is found dead in an alley behind the bank. Royce had sent him to deposit money. The money’s gone and the assistant, dead.

One of Royce’s guests surprises Pepper with news that will change her life. Is she ready to welcome someone new to the family? Speaking of family, there’s also some news from her parents. She’s estranged from them but family is family, right?

Then there is the annoying ex, Mr. Mixy. The pain-in-the-backside guy wants to interview Pepper for his memoir. Mr.Mixy has some serious ego and boundary issues because he doesn’t seem to understand a NO or believe that he’s not Mr. the-world-revolves-around-me!!

Neil and pepper have no time for romance as they are busy trying to solve the murder – it becomes pretty clear that some of Royce’s acquaintances are suspects- including the victim’s flirty fiance who makes it to the top of the list.

Wowza! I read this book in one sitting. I mean, I had to. This was so good, full of character and drama – so how can I not read it in one sitting? Since I have been following this series from the start, I was eager to see what’s cooking between Pepper and Neil. All they had done so far was share a KISS!!!!

The story begins with Pepper rescuing Astra (her dog) from the river. You see, there’s a cat in this story – Malvolio, Royce’s distillery cat. Astra was chasing him and then decided to take a detour by jumping into the river. Pepper saved her just in time or Astra would become a mash under the water wheel.

Pepper climbs out of the river to see Royce and the whole Bohemia Bartenders team grinning at her. Oh-oh! Then, that same evening, at the party, Pepper and Royce receive news that Royce’s assistant is dead. Also, at the same party, Pepper meets someone who claims to be family…

The bourbon festival and Royce’s new bourbon launch party goes as planned. But there are small glitches here and there – suggesting the killer is still out looking for their next prey. Pepper has a lot on her plate – she wants to know where her relationship with Neil stands. Then there is this family issue that needs sorting out. And then, there’s a murder to solve. Gosh! It sounds tiring and she could do with a drink or two.

I loved the setting and the mystery. New characters and shocking new developments were the highlights of this installment. I loved it all!!! While the mystery behind the murder kept me guessing till the end, I was also waiting for some action… you know, between Neil and Pepper. *wink*

As the story ended, one thing was clear. Pepper’s life would be changed in unexpected ways. I cannot wait to see what’s next for her.

Bohemia Bartenders Mysteries is one of the highly recommended cozy mystery series. If you love engrossing murder mysteries with a dash of bourbon/gin/whiskey/rum/vodka (take your pick) and sass, you might want to give this series a try. It goes without saying that Beguiled by Bourbon is a must-read cozy mystery. A new favorite in the series. 🙂

I received an ARC from Lucy in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.

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