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Publisher's Summary

From author Alicia Bessette comes an all-new mystery series featuring Callie Padget, a former reporter turned bookshop clerk in the Outer Banks who is pulled into a deadly web of secrets when a mysterious fall at a lighthouse echoes a tragedy from her past.

When Callie is laid off from her reporting job, she returns to her hometown of Cattail Island and lands a gig at the local bookstore—the same one where she found comfort after her mother died. 

In fact, the anniversary of her mother’s infamous death is approaching. Years ago, Teri Padget tumbled from the top of the lighthouse. As islanders are once again gossiping about the tragedy, devastating news strikes: The lighthouse has claimed another victim. Eva Meeks, of Meeks Hardware. 

The police are calling it suicide, but Callie does not believe Eva jumped any more than she believes her mother did—especially because Callie knows that before her death, Eva had dug up a long-forgotten treasure hunt that could have put a target on Eva’s back. 

In Callie’s search for answers, she enlists the help of some beloved books and several new friends, including the handsome local martial arts instructor, Toby Dodge. But when another death rocks Cattail Island, Callie must face her fears alone. As she earns enemies in pursuit of the truth, Callie knows she will either uncover the killer or become a victim herself.

©2022 Alicia Bessette (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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I have only 2 hours left. I just can’t. Have to stop. Very boring. Very disappointed

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Keeping my attention

Awesome book. The author keeps your attention right from the first paragraph to the last sentence in the book. I loved the characters how they develop. So many places to go for next book. I can’t wait.
This book should be on everyone’s reading list. A great beach read.

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A great beach read

Reading a good book while sitting on the beach is a vacation staple. Something that has a story line to grab a hold of you and not let you go until the very end. This book will entertain and satisfy your easy read vacation must. Especially if you’re at the beach on the Outer Banks. Well done!

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I thought this book was so cute! The genre for this book is ‘cozy mystery’s but it’s not one of those sickly sweet cozies. Smile Beach Murder leans more towards mystery than cozy. Which is perfectly fine with me! This book did follow the ‘clean’ or ‘wholesomeness’ of cozies. I really like when I can enjoy a good mystery that I don’t feel like I can’t read in public due to sex scenes. This book was great without all of that extraness.
This book did pull at my heartstrings several times. I loved how the author wove everything together so intricately. In the end, everything made sense.
The Outer Banks are such a beautiful area. I enjoyed reading about it and feeling like I was back in that area.
Also - I just loved Callie! She was so tenacious. Hoping to see big things for her in the future.