Death Goes To The County Fair ~ A Cozy Review and Giveaway

Posted: January 6, 2016 in Cozy Mystery, giveaways, reviews
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Death Goes To The County Fair

by Annette Drake

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Death Goes to the County Fair
(An Ogallala Mystery)

New Series
Print Length: 100 pages
Publisher: Baskethound Books (October 15, 2015)
ASIN: B014I7MH56

My Review

Joni needs the job as a news reporter. She has a lot to prove. Her parents look for her to follow in her big sister’s footsteps. Her sister just won a prestigious award in journalism. Fresh out of college she needs to get her feet wet.

She’s quickly in over her head when she starts sticking her pretty little nose into a murder investigation.Joni shows that getting the story runs in her blood.

I like the characters to be genuine and Joni is a bit flighty and naive, jumping to conclusions too quickly. To be expected with someone new to a job and with a lot to prove.  She makes the mystery fun and confusing.

As with most cozies, there are plenty of colorful characters, numerous suspects and false leads, and it all takes place in a small town. Living in a small southern town myself, the depictions of small town life, such as how quickly word spreads, and how connected the characters are, rings true and makes for many fun encounters and conversations.

A cozy I’d recommend to those looking for a relaxing, humorous, mystery. I’ll be following this series.

3 Stars



Joni Harte knew her first job out of college would be tough, but she didn’t expect it to be murder.

With the ink mostly dry on her journalism degree, Joni accepts the position of news reporter and photographer for The Ogallala Gazette. She’s tasked with chronicling all of the goings-on of the quirky characters who inhabit this small Missouri town.

While investigating the identity of the first murder victim, Joni makes an enemy of the local sheriff. Worse, she catches the attention of a violent stalker who promises to cure Joni of her curiosity.

A small town, 5000 people.

As the Ogallala County Fair comes to an end, Joni must uncover the truth before she comes to hers.

Author Annette Drake

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Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences.

Death Goes to the County Fair kicks off the premier of her cozy-mystery series set in Ogallala, Missouri. The book premiered on October 15th.

Her romance titles include A Beautiful Day in Alaska, A Year with Geno, and Celebration House.

Annette’s middle-grade novel, Bone Girl, was published in March of 2014 by Baskethound Books and is available in ebook, print and audiobook.

Annette makes her home in Washington State. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp. If she can help it.

Author Links

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Purchase Link – Amazon


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  1. candace knight says:

    This sounds like a great new series.

  2. Mary Preston says:

    Such a fun cover.

  3. Judy Thomas says:

    Great review and post! Thank you

  4. Jen says:

    Thank you for introducing me to a new series! It sounds like a fun read.

  5. I agree! Great review. I’m glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you.

  6. This sounds fun and it’s from my State! I don’t get to read many books featured in Missouri. :) So it’s going on my list.

  7. Becky says:

    What a fun read this is! Would love to win.

  8. Taylor Dean says:

    Cute cover. It reminds me of watching Saturday morning cartoons as a kid. I’m immediately drawn to it for that reason alone!

  9. Great review and it sounds like a fun story. No secrets in a small town. :-)

    sherry @ fundinmental

  10. Sandra Watts says:

    Another nice review. Hope your enjoying your week!

  11. Sandra Watts says:

    Hope you had a nice weekend.