My Fair Latte

Henery. (Cafe Cinema, Bk. 1). Mar. 2020. 252p. ISBN 9781635115826. $31.95; pap. ISBN 9781635115796. $15.95. M
Broke, unemployed barista Halley Greer learns she has inherited the Star Movie Palace from her great-uncle, whom she hasn’t seen since she was eight. When she arrives in Utopia Springs, AR, she finds an art deco theater in need of renovation, and a small group of people willing to help if she wants to save the building. Halley plans to show classic films and sell coffee and local wine. Despite some vandalism and a painted warning to “go home,” opening night with My Fair Lady is a success, until intermission, when a man is found dead in the theater. Halley reports that she saw the man staring in at her the day of the vandalism, and thus becomes suspect number one. The victim, however, had threatened to blackmail a few townspeople who wouldn’t sell to him or help him hunt for a treasure hidden by Jesse James.
VERDICT Fee (“Liv & Di in Dixie” mysteries) launches a new cozy series with an appealing amateur sleuth and a diverse cast of characters. Fans of Margaret Dumas’s Murder at the Palace will welcome another humorous series set in the world of classic movie theaters.

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