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Viola Roberts Cozy Mystery Books In Order

Publication Order of Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries Books

The Corpse in the Cabana (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stiff in the Study (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poison in the Pudding (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Venom in the Valentine (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Remains in the Rectory (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body in the Bathtub (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Death in the Drink (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Victim in the Vineyard (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries Series

Viola Roberts is a cosy mystery series by Shéa MacLeod. The series stars Viola Roberts, an accountant turned writer and her friend Cheryl. While Viola’s main job is writing, the feisty woman will find herself resolving one mystery after another. Her attention to details and love for mysteries see her uncovering facts the police would have missed and helping put bad guys behind bars. Viola is also a bit crazy about the guys in uniform, but a fellow writer will be doing an excellent job of turning her into a girlfriend. Are you looking for a cosy mystery series with lovable characters, great flow, and short books you can read in one sitting? This series is a great choice.

The Corpse in the Cabana

The Corpse in the Cabana is the first book in the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries. This book stars Viola Roberts, a Sassy woman who leaves a boring job as an accountant to become a writer. Luck seems to be on Viola’s side as she becomes quite successful in her historical romance writing. This book starts with Viola and her best friend Cheryl on their way to a writers’ conference in Florida. Here, they are booked in an exotic resort where they are sure to enjoy the sun, sand, and a good number of frosty drinks. However, things start going wrong when the body of fellow writer Natasha winters is discovered.

The police immediately establish that stab wounds killed Natasha, and there is the knife left on the body to help with the investigations. At first, all clues lead to Viola, and the police later turn their eye on Cheryl, claiming that she is the killer. To save her friend and ensure that they both don’t go to Jail, Viola and her friend set to uncover the truth. First, she has to determine who would hate Natasha enough to kill her. Could this be the work of her ex-husband, not that their nasty divorce has just been concluded? Is it possible that a fellow writer or someone from Natasha’s complicated life chose to cut her life short?

There is a lot you will love in this little book. First is the lovable characters. Viola’s snarkiness turns her into such a darling, and her girl-next-door type best friend is just as lovable. The well-thought-out and interesting storyline revolves around the mysterious murder, a haunted hotel, and a writer turned detective. Viola has more than enough help were resolving this case is concerned. Famous thriller writer, Lucas Salvatore volunteers to join the amateur detective, and it is incredible how much these strangers turned friends uncover in just a few days. The banter between Viola and Cheryl will leave you in stitches, and it is fantastic watching Viola and Lucas warm up to each other.

The Corpse in the Cabana is an intriguing mystery story characterized by quirky characters, an exciting storyline, and a good dose of humour. Thanks to Viola’s love for a good story, she and her friends embark on a hilarious romp in search of the killer. The action here starts from the first page, and you can be sure that once you start reading, there will be no stopping until you get to the last page. Fortunately, the book is short, and you can enjoy it all in a single sitting.

The Stiff in the Study

The Stiff in the Study comes the second book in the Viola Roberts Cozy Mysteries. Once again, Viola will be helping her friend get out of a murky situation. The murder of a local museum director has just woken up the sleepy town of Astoria. Viola’s friend Portia walks to her boss’s office, thinking that the light was accidentally left on. However, she is shocked to find her boss, August Nixon, dead and his murder weapon still lodged in his body. Obviously, she tries to help before discovering that Nixon has been murdered. Viola’s first thought is to call her friend Viola. What does Portia do now that she is the first person at the crime scene?

Determined to prove her friend’s innocence, Viola travels to Astoria to start her investigation. It doesn’t matter; she has a looming deadline, and her writer’s block is just making the situation worse. Where a good mystery is involved, Viola will move heaven and earth to resolve it. She is also sure that if the police get at the scene, they will list Portia among the suspects, and there is no telling what will happen once Portia is arrested. Just as she suspected, Viola gets to Astoria to see her friend being arrested, and there is damning evidence against her. Now Viola has to rush against time to prove that her friend is no killer.

Things are not all smooth for Viola. She has to break into crime scenes and start riots at bars to get the details she is looking for. This puts her life in danger, and once again, this courageous woman faces death while trying to help out a friend. To complicate this matter further, there is a cop Viola is sure isn’t doing a good job. Why does Viola feel like the police are complicating the wineglasses issue? Why does everyone Viola interviews have an alibi? Is it possible that these people have conspired to hide the truth? This is a fun and fresh story that will leave you at the edge of your seat. There will be several unexpected twists along the way that you will barely see coming. Away from the mystery, Viola and Lucas’s relationship is growing. It is sweet how much Lucas cares about Viola, and you cannot help but wish this bond grows even stronger.

The Stiff in the Study is a good murder mystery that comes with great characters, numerous red herrings, and romance. It is perfect for anyone who is into cosy mysteries. The narration is flawless, and the fast pace remains consistent from beginning to the end. This book reads well as a standalone. However, since the author mentions the case in the first book, it is advisable to read these books in order.

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