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Murder at the Courthouse Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Murder at the Courthouse JustRead Blog Tour 
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

Murder at the Courthouse by Meghan Carver Title: Murder at the Courthouse
Series: Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery #1
Author: Meghan Carver
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Release Date: October 28, 2019

The first book in the Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery Series!

“Fiction is a waste of time.”

The heated comment made by a church library ministry team member shocks MacKenzie Baker, but it quickly becomes the least of her worries. 

MacKenzie Baker is an impetuous, eavesdropping small-town librarian who lives in the apartment above the parsonage garage and refuses to be defined as the pastor’s single sister. She thought she was happy for years re-shelving books and helping patrons find their next great read, but as she turns forty, she suddenly struggles to figure out what more to do with her life. Solving murders in her small town of Grace Pointe wasn’t a part of her plan...until she and her brother find a local judge who had come to Pastor Baker for counseling murdered in his chambers, hit over the head with a massive volume of the Indiana Code.

Now, to clear the name of a family friend, she begins to work with the handsome criminal justice professor Ian Canter. Even though the detective with the chocolate brown eyes tells her to stick with making casseroles for the church pitch-in, she soon discovers the Judge’s scheming wife, his rebellious teen daughter, a network of lawyers in Grace Point who were disgruntled with the Judge, and even secrets that lurk among the library ministry team. But with the help of her new kitten Mr. Darcy, her best friend Callie, and her always-pastoring brother, MacKenzie debates the pros and cons of attending law school mid-life while she searches out a killer.

Welcome to Grace Pointe… where most of the people are friendly, the church is to die for, and the sleuthing is as strong as the coffee.

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Meghan Carver

By sixth grade, Meghan Carver knew she wanted to write. After earning a degree in English from Millikin University, she detoured to law school, earning a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University. She then worked in immigration law and taught Comp 101 at the local college. Now, she homeschools her six children with her college professor husband, writing her stories of cozy mystery and romantic suspense in the nooks and crannies of her time. Her debut novel hit the Publisher's Weekly Bestseller list. When she isn't writing, homeschooling, or planning the family's next travel adventure, she is active in her church, sews for her kidlets, and reads.

CONNECT WITH MEGHAN: Website | Facebook Twitter | Instagram

If you are looking for your next cozy mystery to cozy up to, look no further than Meghan Carver's first book in the new Grace Pointe Cozy Mystery Series- Murder at the Courthouse. In this book, we are introduced to MacKenzie Baker, a restless librarian and pastor's sister with a knack for eavesdropping. That description alone seems like the makings of a good cozy mystery sleuth now, doesn't it? This book was a good introduction to both this fun character and the small Indiana town of Grace Pointe. I look forward to reading more about MacKenzie as the series goes on.

One of the things I enjoy most about cozy mysteries is that they tend to be very clean reads. Though not all cozy mysteries are specifically faith based, this one did lean that way with a big emphasis on the church community and messages of God's plans for our lives. I personally appreciated this aspect of the story. I think that is a message that many of us need to hear time and time again...no matter our ages. We are given just a very brief hint of romance towards the end, which as a fan of romance had me looking forward to seeing how that plays out in future books but I think those who don't tend to prefer romance will also like that it really didn't play a huge role at all in the main story. The small town charm, the likable leading lady, the classic whodunnit... this book had everything that I personally enjoy in a cozy mystery!

While I have other books by Meghan Carver in my TBR pile, this is the first I have actually had the chance to read, but it certainly will not be the last. I look forward to more and cannot wait to see what happens next in Grace Pointe. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is definitely one worth checking out.

(1) winner will receive a Cozy Mystery Prize Pack including a “I’d rather be reading a cozy mystery” tee-shirt – size and color to be determined by winner, a signed paperback of Murder at the Courthouse, and $10 Amazon gift card!

(Tee Sizes: small – xxx-large, colors: white, red, gray, pink, or green)

Murder at the Courthouse JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 14, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 21, 2020. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

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  1. Thank you so much! - JustRead Tours

  2. Looks like a good book.

  3. I don't read a lot of cozy mystery novels, but this one sounds cute!

  4. I like cozy mystery books a lot. I've read a few that are faith based, and those have been so funny and well-written. This one is going on my list.

  5. This is a new author to me, sounds like a fun read.


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