As a full time stay at home mama, it can be hard to find time for myself. I used to read all the time when I was young, and now it is so difficult to make time. I managed to get my hands on a new book recently, Potluck: A Sleepy Haven Mystery by Catherine Stuart. I bought a hard copy, and found myself immersed immediately in this book. I also purchased a version off of the Kindle Store to read on my phone before bed. It is such a fun read. If you are into a little mystery, and a good, clean book, give this a read!
The book revolves around small town life, and shows the advantages as well as the hardships. A sudden death in the little town of Sleepy Haven leads to some gossip and accusations. Everyone knows everyone here. The town begins looking at each other wondering who would have a motive if foul play was involved.
Potluck is a book I feel like most ages can relate to, as well as enjoy. There is mystery and suspense, which I love in a book. I felt myself playing a game of clue while I read. Even with an infant, and a toddler in my ear, I could not peel myself away from it. Of course if motherhood called, I had to take a break. I didn’t want to stop reading until I found out what happened next.
Was it all an accident? Was it Andrea with poison in the foyer? Or Veronica with a candlestick in the kitchen? Or was it a quiet one in the town who we would never suspect?
The dialogue puts you directly in the room with the characters. You become Renee, a therapist trying to help those around her. You find yourself analyzing and taking in all the surroundings just as Renee does. When Renee visits her childhood home, you are brought back to grandma’s house. You are engulfed in the coziness. The comfort. The love. You smell the fresh baked goodies, and hear the whistling of the tea kettle. You feel the warmth of the coffee mug in your hands, and the crisp of the autumn air on your face. You also feel the snide comments made by Veronica. We all have a Veronica in our lives. You see the damage that gossip can cause. As stated in the book, gossip is like a drawn out game of “telephone”.
Gossip morphs reality and people believe their trusted friends, unknowingly, spreading false information. Gossip consumes our everyday lives, and it’s so easy to let it get out of hand. It spreads untruths and the results can be very damaging.
On top of all of that, you feel friendship and fellowship. A congregation can be full of fake smiles, and open ears, ready for gossip. But it can also be full of close members who pull together when they need to.
Potlock entertains you while teaching some important life lessons. You are encourgrd to really reflect on how you handle things if your own life from watching things unwind in the quiet community of Sleepy Haven. This book was well written, and I can’t wait to see if there is a sequel to come! The author has an amazing voice. This book is amazing for relaxation while you soak in the bubble bath and enjoy a glass of wine. It’s a great birthday or Christmas gift too.
A list of links you can find Potluck: A Sleepy Haven Mystery below: