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Once Upon a Seaside Murder: 02/24/22
Once Upon a Seaside Murder by Maggie Blackburn and Christa Lewis (Narrator) is the second in the Beach Reads mystery series. Summer Merriwether ends up hosting an author at her house after she receives death threats. Then the author is kidnapped and Summer's world is turned upside down.
The trouble stems from a mystery that draws heavily on a local cold case — a murder that happened 35 years ago, the winter before Summer was born. The cold case is related to Summer's extended family — the ones she's only just learned about.
Two books now in this series have been directly related to Summer's life and family. Once Upon a Seaside Murder reads like a rehash of the first book. It doesn't work as well as a continuation of a larger mystery as To Coach a Killer by Victoria Laurie (2020) is to Coached to Death (2019).