Loveda Brown must save an opera singer from his lethal pursuer, but a tangle of masculine admiration has her singing the blues.
When opera singer André Bernardi arrives in the tiny mountainside town of Idyllwild, California, as yet the Wild West of 1912, mysterious accidents follow him. Can Loveda Brown prevent his murder while fending off the advances of a passionate artist, and will a zealous paleontologist dig up more than he bargained for? A shocking package on the stagecoach could hold all the answers.
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NEW INSIDE: Fresh formatting, a “History, Mystery, or Poppycock?” section, first chapter of the next book in every book… and a MAP in the paperbacks!
Chanticleer International Book Awards looks for the best books featuring “mystery and mayhem,” amateur sleuthing, light suspense, travel mystery, classic mystery, British cozy, not-so-cozy, hobby sleuths, senior sleuths, or historical mystery, perhaps with a touch of romance or humor, and puts them to the test to choose the best among them… This title is in the running for the FIRST PLACE WINNERS of the 2021 M&M Book Awards novel competition for Cozy and Not-So-Cozy Mysteries!— First Place Finalist, CIBA Chanticleer Book Awards 2022
Finally, the next book! — Cameron W Beeler ★★★★★
I love sharing these books with my aunt who is an avid reader of mystery and romance. She continues to enjoy each one and anticipates their arrival. A well written series to enjoy.
Great read! – Michele Ivy Davis, author ★★★★★
I just finished reading this book, and really enjoyed it. It had me looking up Idyllwild, California, on Google Earth, and I was delighted to discover that the names of places are real. I mean, who would have thought that Strawberry Creek was a name used in a turn-of-the-century Old West town? This is book #3 in the series, but is the first one I have read. I did get a little confused about who was who, but that is to be expected when you read a series out of order. However, I’ve already ordered the two books that come before this one, and plan to get caught up. I’m looking forward to it.
Habit forming! — Ellen ★★★★★
All books in this series are fun, quick reads. I admit historical fiction is my favorite genre, and I’m sure you will be hooked too about half way through book one. Characters are interesting and likeable (most of them!) and plots always have a twist. Definitely recommend!
Interesting — Cmd2222 ★★★★★
The grand resort brings in a big name celebrity and all types of calamity goes on
While Loveda has two nice boarders or does she?
Book 3 is Captivating — Nancy “Pants” Johnson, author ★★★★★
In Book 3, characters were added, romance was added, and another mystery was solved. I love the Loveda Brown series and can’t wait for Book 4!
All three books are amazing reads — O’bera ★★★★★
I like mystery stories and this one was wonderful. It was a true mystery with a lot of background and scenery details. Great Character build up with backgrounds for each but in a mystery format. I thought they were all great reads and I can’t wait for the next one and yes I will send one to each of my children who also like to read. Great clean books that I’m proud to give to my children.
Loveda Brown does it again! — Bob Mayberry, author ★★★★★
What a woman! What a story! What a wild night in Idyllwild! I only wish I could have been there. Babies and opera singers, thieves and murderers, Winchesters and Colt revolvers, marriage proposals and bodies in the meadow—what doesn’t this novel have? Oh yeah, there’s even some hidden gold! Tunnel has spun a fantastic tale of the Wild West and willful women and brought all the threads crashing together in a final scene that makes a Puccini opera finale look like a hike in the mountains. Excuse me while I go read it again.
Wonderfully written — Norman Duke ★★★★★
Loveda Brown Sings the Blues by Jolie Tunnell is wonderfully written and very exciting.
Kept me guessing — Evan ★★★★★
Started reading this book last year, but got distracted with life and then lost my spare reading moments. But once I got my reading time back I could hardly put it down and finished it quickly. Kept me guessing until very near the climax. Entertaining, suspenseful, thoughtful, and humorous. And I was happy to see Mack have his time to shine.
Humor, charm, strong-willed women — LK, Reader’s Favorite ★★★★★
Loveda Brown Sings the Blues by Jolie Tunnell is the third book in the Idyllwild Mystery series. The charming André Bernardi arrives in Idyllwild with an air of mystery about him. The opera singer has experienced a bout of bad luck with weird accidents seeming to befall him which leads to the only logical conclusion – someone is trying to kill him. Loveda takes it upon herself to help him and prevent this would-be killer from being successful. Her hotel continues to draw in a mysterious assortment of guests which this time includes an artist that seems to have his eyes on her and a paleontologist harboring a secret. As if that wasn’t enough, a mysterious baby left in her care at the hotel leads to a shocking discovery and a deeper mystery regarding the baby’s origins.
An intriguing opening pegs the interesting contemplation about the differences between the kisses of men and women which sets up a dynamic that is further explored in the story. Loveda is a great leading character with a curious mindset, sharp wit, sleuthing nature, and behavior that isn’t anything like a proper lady of the time should exhibit. Set in 1912, this historical backdrop weaves in real elements from the period with references to the equality between men and women, and poignant dialogue that’s still relevant. Jolie Tunnell uses the context of the period while also adding a lighthearted tone, humor, and murder mystery to create an addictive series. Tunnell connects the guests to the overall mystery with threads that all tie together by the end. Sybil is the baby at the root of a mystery that involves murder, unknown parents, and possibly the discovery of gold. Her presence also creates the perfect opportunity for mirth as Loveda has no idea what to do with babies. Another great installment in the series, Loveda Brown Sings the Blues has it all – humor, charm, strong-willed women, a lovely historical setting, a murder mystery, and an adorable baby.