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A new home. A new beginning. A quiet life. Or is it? The beach house is Addison Lake’s retirement plan. Memories of childhood holidays playing in the sand with her cousins come flooding back as soon as she sets foot in Getaway Bay. After the death of her husband, turning her new beach house into a bed and breakfast and reconnecting with family is just the tonic she needs A new home. A new beginning. A quiet life. Or is it? The beach house is Addison Lake’s retirement plan. Memories of childhood holidays playing in the sand with her cousins come flooding back as soon as she sets foot in Getaway Bay. After the death of her husband, turning her new beach house into a bed and breakfast and reconnecting with family is just the tonic she needs. But just days after her move to the sleepy coastal town, Addison’s new life turns on its head. A fire at her cousin Layla’s art gallery has devastating consequences. There’s a body in the rubble. The stubborn local detective needs a fast arrest, and he has Layla in his sights. With her cousin accused of murder, Addison must act. But between the beach house renovations, an ailing uncle, an over-protective daughter, and the quirky inhabitants of Getaway Bay, she has her work cut out. Can Addison and her new friends uncover the real culprit before Layla is charged with murder? The Getaway Bay cozy mysteries have everything you love – suspense to keep you guessing, twists you don’t see coming, and characters you want to have a cup of tea with – plus an added dose of Aussie flavour. Get Arson at the Art Gallery now.


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A new home. A new beginning. A quiet life. Or is it? The beach house is Addison Lake’s retirement plan. Memories of childhood holidays playing in the sand with her cousins come flooding back as soon as she sets foot in Getaway Bay. After the death of her husband, turning her new beach house into a bed and breakfast and reconnecting with family is just the tonic she needs A new home. A new beginning. A quiet life. Or is it? The beach house is Addison Lake’s retirement plan. Memories of childhood holidays playing in the sand with her cousins come flooding back as soon as she sets foot in Getaway Bay. After the death of her husband, turning her new beach house into a bed and breakfast and reconnecting with family is just the tonic she needs. But just days after her move to the sleepy coastal town, Addison’s new life turns on its head. A fire at her cousin Layla’s art gallery has devastating consequences. There’s a body in the rubble. The stubborn local detective needs a fast arrest, and he has Layla in his sights. With her cousin accused of murder, Addison must act. But between the beach house renovations, an ailing uncle, an over-protective daughter, and the quirky inhabitants of Getaway Bay, she has her work cut out. Can Addison and her new friends uncover the real culprit before Layla is charged with murder? The Getaway Bay cozy mysteries have everything you love – suspense to keep you guessing, twists you don’t see coming, and characters you want to have a cup of tea with – plus an added dose of Aussie flavour. Get Arson at the Art Gallery now.

30 review for Arson at the Art Gallery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    A wonderful cozy, set in a Queensland coastal town, I really enjoyed reading this one! After the death of her husband Addison Lake has moved to a small town with her daughter and bought a big beach house, that she hopes to turn into a B&B. She is enjoying reconnecting with her cousin Layla, and meeting lots of wonderful townsfolk, when the unthinkable happens. Layla's art gallery burns to the ground, and her sister's body is found in the rubble. Addison immediately moves into sleuth mode, but who A wonderful cozy, set in a Queensland coastal town, I really enjoyed reading this one! After the death of her husband Addison Lake has moved to a small town with her daughter and bought a big beach house, that she hopes to turn into a B&B. She is enjoying reconnecting with her cousin Layla, and meeting lots of wonderful townsfolk, when the unthinkable happens. Layla's art gallery burns to the ground, and her sister's body is found in the rubble. Addison immediately moves into sleuth mode, but who'd want to hurt her cousins? And the lead detective seems to suspect Layla herself! I found this book to be a marvellous read, full of memorable characters that I'll be looking forward to reading more about as the series progresses. I recommend this book to all lovers of cozy mysteries.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Getaway Bay in Queensland was supposed to be where Addison Lake and her daughter Olivia would have a fresh start. Addison had fond childhood memories of Getaway Bay and after her husband passed away, Addison knew it was time to leave Sydney. Addison had purchased a run-down beach house, she had plans of renovating it and turning it into a B&B. Addison’s cousin, Layla, owned the art gallery in the area and was eager to help set them up. Layla remembers when she and Addison were children on vacati Getaway Bay in Queensland was supposed to be where Addison Lake and her daughter Olivia would have a fresh start. Addison had fond childhood memories of Getaway Bay and after her husband passed away, Addison knew it was time to leave Sydney. Addison had purchased a run-down beach house, she had plans of renovating it and turning it into a B&B. Addison’s cousin, Layla, owned the art gallery in the area and was eager to help set them up. Layla remembers when she and Addison were children on vacation in Getaway Bay, a time that was filled with lots of fun and laughter and now they were together again. Having her family close by was comforting to Addison and she knew that she still had someone to turn to if she needed help. Layla was devastated and so upset when she found out that her art gallery had burned down, but when she learns there has been a body found in the rubble Layla is shocked and horrified to say the least. While Layla tries to come to terms with losing her precious gallery she learns that the fire has now turned into a murder investigation. Addison quickly realizes that her cousin’s life is about to be shattered, but can she do anything to help her avoid being charged with murder. Arson at the Art Gallery is the first book in the cozy mystery series Getaway Bay and I absolutely adored it. An easy and pleasant reading with suspense and a twisted storyline that you will not see coming all of which makes a great cozy mystery. Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I really enjoy Catherine Lee's crime books, so finding out that she is also Grace York who writes cosy mysteries raised my interest. Arson at the Art Gallery is the first in the Getaway Bay series. I always try and start at the beginning. I guessed it was going to be well written and it was. The characters were all entertaining, the dialogue realistic and most of the situations were believable ( not all but this is a cosy we are talking about! They are not supposed to be serious). The mystery was I really enjoy Catherine Lee's crime books, so finding out that she is also Grace York who writes cosy mysteries raised my interest. Arson at the Art Gallery is the first in the Getaway Bay series. I always try and start at the beginning. I guessed it was going to be well written and it was. The characters were all entertaining, the dialogue realistic and most of the situations were believable ( not all but this is a cosy we are talking about! They are not supposed to be serious). The mystery was good and there were enough clues for the reader to guess the culprit at about the same time as Addison, the amateur detective, does. This is a very enjoyable and easy read which was totally interesting from page one to the end. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    This is an entertaining cozy mystery with a quintessential Aussie beachside town setting. After losing her police detective husband Addison Lake and her daughter Olivia decide to leave Sydney and have a fresh start. They have moved to the small seaside town of Getaway Bay in Queensland where Addison's cousin artist Layla has an art gallery. Addison has bought a large house overlooking the beach that she wants to renovate and run as a B&B while Olivia heads off to University at the end of the sum This is an entertaining cozy mystery with a quintessential Aussie beachside town setting. After losing her police detective husband Addison Lake and her daughter Olivia decide to leave Sydney and have a fresh start. They have moved to the small seaside town of Getaway Bay in Queensland where Addison's cousin artist Layla has an art gallery. Addison has bought a large house overlooking the beach that she wants to renovate and run as a B&B while Olivia heads off to University at the end of the summer. When Layla's art gallery burns down and a body is found inside, she finds herself high on the police's list of suspects, but Addison is certain she is innocent and starts looking for other suspects. The book is well written with a bunch of delightful characters who I shall look forward to getting to know as the series evolves. It has a nice Australian vibe and authentic feel in the types of characters and concerns that typify seaside towns.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    When Addison Lake and her daughter, Olivia, drove into the quiet beachside town of Getaway Bay in Queensland, Addison felt like she was finally coming home. After the sudden death of her husband Rob two years prior, she and Olivia felt the need to leave Sydney, so when the opportunity arose for Addison to purchase the rundown old beach house three months prior, she jumped at the chance. Addison’s cousin Layla arrived with coffee and scones; the removalist van a little later. Addison and Layla had When Addison Lake and her daughter, Olivia, drove into the quiet beachside town of Getaway Bay in Queensland, Addison felt like she was finally coming home. After the sudden death of her husband Rob two years prior, she and Olivia felt the need to leave Sydney, so when the opportunity arose for Addison to purchase the rundown old beach house three months prior, she jumped at the chance. Addison’s cousin Layla arrived with coffee and scones; the removalist van a little later. Addison and Layla had enjoyed their childhood holidays at Getaway Bay – it was good they would be living near one another again, especially once Olivia went off to University in a couple of weeks. But the night that Layla’s art gallery burned down was a dreadful shock – everything Layla owned was inside; her art in particular – all lost. When the discovery was made by the firefighters of a body in the rubble, the investigation turned into a murder enquiry. And listening to the local detective, Addison knew she had to find the killer before Layla was charged with murder. Arson at the Art Gallery by Aussie author Grace York (aka Catherine Lee) is the first in the Getaway Bay Cozy Mystery Series and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Fun, entertaining, quirky – I had no idea who the killer was until the reveal! I’m looking forward to reading the 2nd – The Body in the Beach House – soon! Highly recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Arthur (Ms. G's Bookshelf)

    ⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️ This was my first introduction to a genre called 'Cozy Mysteries' which I knew nothing of until I stumbled upon the genre on Goodreads. Arson at the Art Gallery by Grace York was a quirky, fun and thoroughly entertaining murder mystery, it was well-written and an easy read (fast read!). I look forward to reading the next in the series The Body in the Beach House. Addison Lake is in her 50’s, she's a widow and she’s just moved into a beach house at a quiet seaside town called Getaway B ⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️ This was my first introduction to a genre called 'Cozy Mysteries' which I knew nothing of until I stumbled upon the genre on Goodreads. Arson at the Art Gallery by Grace York was a quirky, fun and thoroughly entertaining murder mystery, it was well-written and an easy read (fast read!). I look forward to reading the next in the series The Body in the Beach House. Addison Lake is in her 50’s, she's a widow and she’s just moved into a beach house at a quiet seaside town called Getaway Bay where her cousin Layla lives. She plans to renovate the beach house and turn it into a Bed and Breakfast for her retirement plan. The Art Gallery in town is owned by cousin Layla and is set alight, leaving a dead body in the ashes. Addison makes it her mission to find the culprit and to clear her cousin's name. Lots of clues and red herrings make this a fun page-turning mystery to solve. An excellent ‘cozy mystery’ read. I believe this author also writes as Catherine Lee

  7. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    A rather likable cosy mystery here! It's not my usual genre but I didn't mind reading about Addison and her new friends as they go about town trying to solve an arson/murder case. I really liked this cast of characters. The past few cosies I've read, I've been a bit frustrated by the protagonist's meddling and aggressive questioning, but Addison went about things a bit more logically. I also appreciated that the local police weren't written as incompetent, and were integrated into the story quite A rather likable cosy mystery here! It's not my usual genre but I didn't mind reading about Addison and her new friends as they go about town trying to solve an arson/murder case. I really liked this cast of characters. The past few cosies I've read, I've been a bit frustrated by the protagonist's meddling and aggressive questioning, but Addison went about things a bit more logically. I also appreciated that the local police weren't written as incompetent, and were integrated into the story quite naturally. The mystery is a little underwhelming as there aren't really any clues to help you solve it yourself, but Addison is also busy settling into her new life so hopefully the mysteries of the following books will be a little cleverer as she becomes more established and the scene is more firmly set. All in all, it was probably a little too bland for my tastes but still one of the better cosies I've read. I can see fans of the genre really enjoying this one, and I'll probably go ahead and read the next one at some stage because I would like to get to know these characters further.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kylie H

    Nice cosy mystery set in Queensland. Addison makes a sea-change moving from Sydney to a small beach resort town near her cousin. Having been widowed while still in her 50's Addison decides she wants company again and begins restoring a house to make into a B'n'B. It turns out not to be much of a quiet change when her cousins gallery is set alight and there is also a death. Light-hearted and easy to read, it is the perfect antidote to a grisly murder story. Nice cosy mystery set in Queensland. Addison makes a sea-change moving from Sydney to a small beach resort town near her cousin. Having been widowed while still in her 50's Addison decides she wants company again and begins restoring a house to make into a B'n'B. It turns out not to be much of a quiet change when her cousins gallery is set alight and there is also a death. Light-hearted and easy to read, it is the perfect antidote to a grisly murder story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Arson at the Art Gallery is book one in the Getaway Bay Cozy Mystery Series by Grace York. Addison Lake needs a change after her husband died the year before and decided to move back to Getaway Bay and open up a B&B. However, on arrival in Getaway Bay, the peaceful life that Addison wanted did not materialise. Her cousin Layla became a prime suspect in a murder enquiry. Addison decided to investigate to clear her cousin's name and find the murder. The readers of Arson at the Art Gallery will con Arson at the Art Gallery is book one in the Getaway Bay Cozy Mystery Series by Grace York. Addison Lake needs a change after her husband died the year before and decided to move back to Getaway Bay and open up a B&B. However, on arrival in Getaway Bay, the peaceful life that Addison wanted did not materialise. Her cousin Layla became a prime suspect in a murder enquiry. Addison decided to investigate to clear her cousin's name and find the murder. The readers of Arson at the Art Gallery will continue to follow Addison to find out what happens. I read Arson at the Art Gallery on a wet and windy day sitting next to the heater with my faithful companion, and I forget about the world around me. I love Grace York portrayal of her characters and the way they intertwine then throughout the book. Arson at the Art Gallery is well written and researched by Grace York. I like the description of the settings of Arson at the Art Gallery and how they complement the plot of this book. The readers of Arson at the Art Gallery will learn about the importance of having a good baker in a small communities cafe. Also, the readers of Arson at the Art Gallery will learn about the problems for families after a loved one dies. I recommend this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tien

    Fun & light & I couldn't even guess the culprit! Great single-sitting-mystery-read. Would've been perfect if I were also at the beach to read this but life... Fun & light & I couldn't even guess the culprit! Great single-sitting-mystery-read. Would've been perfect if I were also at the beach to read this but life...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Arson at the Art Gallery (Getaway Bay #1) by Catherine Lee Synopsis / A new home. A new beginning. A quiet life. Or is it? The beach house is Addison Lake’s retirement plan. Memories of childhood holidays playing in the sand with her cousins come flooding back as soon as she sets foot in Getaway Bay. After the death of her husband, turning her new beach house into a bed and breakfast and reconnecting with family is just the tonic she needs. But just days after her move to the sleepy coastal town, Ad Arson at the Art Gallery (Getaway Bay #1) by Catherine Lee Synopsis / A new home. A new beginning. A quiet life. Or is it? The beach house is Addison Lake’s retirement plan. Memories of childhood holidays playing in the sand with her cousins come flooding back as soon as she sets foot in Getaway Bay. After the death of her husband, turning her new beach house into a bed and breakfast and reconnecting with family is just the tonic she needs. But just days after her move to the sleepy coastal town, Addison’s new life turns on its head. A fire at her cousin Layla’s art gallery has devastating consequences. There’s a body in the rubble. The stubborn local detective needs a fast arrest, and he has Layla in his sights. With her cousin accused of murder, Addison must act. But between the beach house renovations, an ailing uncle, an over-protective daughter, and the quirky inhabitants of Getaway Bay, she has her work cut out. Can Addison and her new friends uncover the real culprit before Layla is charged with murder? The Getaway Bay cozy mysteries have everything you love – suspense to keep you guessing, twists you don’t see coming, and characters you want to have a cup of tea with – plus an added dose of Aussie flavour. My Thoughts / This review will be a quick and easy read (just like this book!!). A wonderful cozy. Recommended. 😀

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Addison moves to Getaway Bay after her husband dies. She has a daughter, and uncle who is in ill health and a beach house that needs renovations, so she can turn it into a bed and breakfast. Then her cousin is accused of murder! Wait! What? Layla's art gallery is burnt to the ground and they think the body in the rubble is because of Layla's doings? No way! There are interesting characters to meet in this story and you will not see who the real murderer is until it is time to know. I would like t Addison moves to Getaway Bay after her husband dies. She has a daughter, and uncle who is in ill health and a beach house that needs renovations, so she can turn it into a bed and breakfast. Then her cousin is accused of murder! Wait! What? Layla's art gallery is burnt to the ground and they think the body in the rubble is because of Layla's doings? No way! There are interesting characters to meet in this story and you will not see who the real murderer is until it is time to know. I would like to thank Hidden Gems for a copy of this book to review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    A nice cozy set in Australia. A widow, whose last child is off to uni shortly buys a rather large house in the town she spent summers in as child. Her cousin and dying uncle live there as well. When her cousin’s not nice sister is murdered and her art gallery burnt down. Our widow starts asking questions and eventually finds the murderer. A good story. I look forward to the next in series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Thanks to the author Grace York/Catherine Lee for a free copy of this delightful cozy mystery. A fun read that I whizzed through in one evening. Really enjoyed the simple story-line, the interesting characters and Queensland setting and looking forward to reading the next one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ☆☆Hannah☆☆

    This was a nice start to a new cozy mystery series. I liked Addison and I liked how she had a great relationship with her daughter. The good news is that I didn't solve the mystery before the end. I do hope that by the end of the series Addison will have her bed & breakfast up and running. This was a nice start to a new cozy mystery series. I liked Addison and I liked how she had a great relationship with her daughter. The good news is that I didn't solve the mystery before the end. I do hope that by the end of the series Addison will have her bed & breakfast up and running.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Janine

    I enjoyed this cosy-mystery and look forward to reading more in the series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I enjoyed this little mystery. I loved that the killer wasn't obvious. The clues were given but spaced out so that you kept guessing and never suspected the final killer until the final clues were given. Nothing extraordinary about it but I would definitely read more of the series. I enjoyed this little mystery. I loved that the killer wasn't obvious. The clues were given but spaced out so that you kept guessing and never suspected the final killer until the final clues were given. Nothing extraordinary about it but I would definitely read more of the series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    It's time for new beginnings for Addison Lake Her husband has died and she needs to break from the sadness that surrounds her old life and the big city. She heads to a sleepy seaside town intent on reconnecting with her cousins, starting a B&B, and delving back into her childhood days of summers at the water. While most of Addison's transition goes smoothly, her cousins are beset with woe. Layla (aka the likeable cousin) has to contend with her art gallery/home burning to the ground and Jenna (ak It's time for new beginnings for Addison Lake Her husband has died and she needs to break from the sadness that surrounds her old life and the big city. She heads to a sleepy seaside town intent on reconnecting with her cousins, starting a B&B, and delving back into her childhood days of summers at the water. While most of Addison's transition goes smoothly, her cousins are beset with woe. Layla (aka the likeable cousin) has to contend with her art gallery/home burning to the ground and Jenna (aka the trouble-making cousin) is found dead amongst the ashes. When Addison fears that the crimes will be pinned on Layla, she starts her own investigation to the chagrin of the detective in charge of the case. Addison is a sympathetic character - as a reader, you feel her loss and her hopes at refreshing her circumstances. Her daughter's anticipation of starting university is also palpable and contagious. I was not as invested in the cousins, though, which was unfortunate. Nor did I fully value the resolution of the mystery which seems a little hurried and implausible. I do have hopes for this series, despite all that I dislike, there is far more to savour.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Quartknee

    I found the prose to be a bit clunky (Lots of 'telling') and the characters too flat (Lots of virtue signaling). I'm not very familiar with Australian seaside resorts so perhaps the culture there is built upon goody-goody based platitudes. Not much to hold my attention - even after the fire and especially when all the backstory gets dumped/sprinkled into the narrator's voice. I really struggled to finish this book, kept thinking it might end on an uptick but from the reviews, I can see I'm in th I found the prose to be a bit clunky (Lots of 'telling') and the characters too flat (Lots of virtue signaling). I'm not very familiar with Australian seaside resorts so perhaps the culture there is built upon goody-goody based platitudes. Not much to hold my attention - even after the fire and especially when all the backstory gets dumped/sprinkled into the narrator's voice. I really struggled to finish this book, kept thinking it might end on an uptick but from the reviews, I can see I'm in the minority.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lori Herbst

    I enjoyed this cozy mystery--fun characters, lovely setting. The plot was smooth and easy to follow. I will be reading the next two in the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    A good cosy mystery, I really liked it! Addison and her 18yo daughter Olivia move to a small seaside town. Addison is close with her cousin Layla, who has an art gallery, but is not so close with her other cousin Jenna. When Layla’s art gallery is burnt down and a body has been found, the police think Layla has done it. Addison is fiercely protective of Layla, who has lost almost everything. She thinks she can do a better job than the police and starts her own investigation. It may not be a very A good cosy mystery, I really liked it! Addison and her 18yo daughter Olivia move to a small seaside town. Addison is close with her cousin Layla, who has an art gallery, but is not so close with her other cousin Jenna. When Layla’s art gallery is burnt down and a body has been found, the police think Layla has done it. Addison is fiercely protective of Layla, who has lost almost everything. She thinks she can do a better job than the police and starts her own investigation. It may not be a very original vantage point for a cosy, (woman who needs a fresh start and moves to a small town, wanting to start a B & B), but it was executed very well. An unexpected but not unwanted dog (Olivia immediately takes to him, Addison needs more time) completes the cosy picture. It was super pleasant. Well-written. And I never guessed whodunit until the very end. Very enjoyable and exciting! Easy-to-read and that’s harder to accomplish than it sounds. It had a good feel to it, it felt natural. The Australian sweltering heat came through just fine :) One thing: please don’t feed a dog chocolate!!! Olivia fed Charlie a chocolate chip cookie. When I read that I was like “nooooooo she didn’t!” Because a small amount of chocolate will already cause vomiting, and a large amount could even be deadly. I received a complimentary copy of this book via Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aparna J

    Awesome Author Catherine Lee has penned a delightful cozy mystery. This is the kind of book that a cozy mystery lover would enjoy reading with a cup of coffee in his or her hand. There was never a dull moment. It has a slow start but gains a quick momentum and there is no looking back. A fantastic book with nice and surprising twists and turns. Addison Lake and her daughter, Olivia, have relocated their residence from Sydney to a quaint town of Getaway Bay in Queensland, Australia. Addison has bo Awesome Author Catherine Lee has penned a delightful cozy mystery. This is the kind of book that a cozy mystery lover would enjoy reading with a cup of coffee in his or her hand. There was never a dull moment. It has a slow start but gains a quick momentum and there is no looking back. A fantastic book with nice and surprising twists and turns. Addison Lake and her daughter, Olivia, have relocated their residence from Sydney to a quaint town of Getaway Bay in Queensland, Australia. Addison has bought a beach house that she is planning to convert into a B & B ( Bed and Breakfast) for tourists. Her cousin, Layla, visits her and tells them that her twin sister, Jenna, has also come back to help her take care of their ailing father, Dennis. A tragedy strikes after Layla's art gallery has been set afire and her twin Jenna is found dead. The cops, Detective Wilcox , and Constable Short suspect Layla for murdering her sister for financial gain and setting her studio on fire deliberately. Addison is determined to solve the case. Will she succeed in her mission? Is Layla really innocent or capable of such a heinous crime? This is an excellent book that keeps the readers guessing and there are plenty of twists to keep up the excitement. I highly recommend it for reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    The fire cleansing A wonderful read. A bit Midsomer Murder meets Jessica Fletcher by way of Australia. Really had me wondering who the killer was right until the end. Just the type of thing I love. Down to earth characters with all their human frailties like leaping to assumptions and getting themselves tied up in knots. A real community spirit shines through the story even though the list of characters isn't huge. The move felt right, not only because it brought back childhood memories but it go The fire cleansing A wonderful read. A bit Midsomer Murder meets Jessica Fletcher by way of Australia. Really had me wondering who the killer was right until the end. Just the type of thing I love. Down to earth characters with all their human frailties like leaping to assumptions and getting themselves tied up in knots. A real community spirit shines through the story even though the list of characters isn't huge. The move felt right, not only because it brought back childhood memories but it got her away from all the things that reminded her of her, now deceased, husband. Plus an added perk was this beautiful house (okay it needed a lot of work) and her favourite cousin. However things start to go wrong when she discovers her other cousin is also there (waiting for her father to die) and then the fire that burns her cousin's art gallery to the ground. Worse her cousin's body is found in the remains. Now the police have their eye on her favourite cousin as the most likely suspect. She doesn't agree. Could it be the young lover? Or the drunken aggressive ex-husband? Or had one of her cousin's malicious manipulations brought about this action? A dog, arson and new friends are woven into a terrific read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katy The Sleepy Reader

    I love a good quick, cozy mystery read. This one was perfect. Read in one afternoon. I received this book free from FreeBooksy. Addison Lake is a widowed mom who decides to move to the small town of Getaway Bay in Queensland, Australia after the death of her husband. She buys an old Victorian home with intentions of renovating it in to a bed and breakfast. Her daughter, Olivia is set to go to university and Addison is craving company. Her cousin Layla lives in Getaway Bay, as does her sister Jen I love a good quick, cozy mystery read. This one was perfect. Read in one afternoon. I received this book free from FreeBooksy. Addison Lake is a widowed mom who decides to move to the small town of Getaway Bay in Queensland, Australia after the death of her husband. She buys an old Victorian home with intentions of renovating it in to a bed and breakfast. Her daughter, Olivia is set to go to university and Addison is craving company. Her cousin Layla lives in Getaway Bay, as does her sister Jenna. She owns a local art gallery and in her free time she takes care of her father who has Alzheimer's. While out one evening with Addison, her art gallery burns to the ground with her sister inside. The police immediately suspect her however Addison knows she is innocent. Can Addison figure out who murdered Jenna and burned down the art gallery before her cousin is arrested for it? This is the first story in a series by Grace York. I really liked it. The characters are well thought out, the setting is perfect and the pacing of the story is on point. A twist ending makes this a really great read. Highly recommend and looking forward to continuing the series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Foulkes

    This is a great cosy mystery, with a delightful beach side setting, and wonderful characters. Addison wants a new start, she's a widow, and her only daughter is off to Uni. She returns to Getaway Bay with fond memories of childhood holidays, and delight at meeting up with her favourite cousin, Layla. She plans to renovate the old house and run a B&B......a good way to spend her retirement...or is it? Between the work on the house, her over protective daughter, a stray dog that somehow chooses them This is a great cosy mystery, with a delightful beach side setting, and wonderful characters. Addison wants a new start, she's a widow, and her only daughter is off to Uni. She returns to Getaway Bay with fond memories of childhood holidays, and delight at meeting up with her favourite cousin, Layla. She plans to renovate the old house and run a B&B......a good way to spend her retirement...or is it? Between the work on the house, her over protective daughter, a stray dog that somehow chooses them as his new family, and an ailing uncle, Addison has her hands full. When tragedy strikes and Layla becomes prime suspect in the death of her sister Jenna, and the burning down of her own art gallery, Addison decides to investigate...after all her late husband was a cop in Sydney! What follows is a delightful tale full of red herrings and twists...and the obligatory clashing of heads with the detective in charge of the case. This all handled with a deft touch and a steady pace. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book via Hidden Gems.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Addison Lake is ready for a new start at life. Having been a widow for 2 years and her last child leaving for University, she decides to buy a beach house and turn it into a bed and breakfast. No sooner does Addison and her daughter Olivia get to Getaway Bay, but an unfortunate incident happens leading to devastating consequences. A fire at her cousin’s art gallery and the discovery of a body is not how Addison planned on starting her new life. Now that her cousin Layla is considered the prime su Addison Lake is ready for a new start at life. Having been a widow for 2 years and her last child leaving for University, she decides to buy a beach house and turn it into a bed and breakfast. No sooner does Addison and her daughter Olivia get to Getaway Bay, but an unfortunate incident happens leading to devastating consequences. A fire at her cousin’s art gallery and the discovery of a body is not how Addison planned on starting her new life. Now that her cousin Layla is considered the prime suspect, Addison feels she has no choice but to put her sleuthing cap on and find who really killed Jenna before Layla is charged with murder. This is the first book in a new series by Grace York. I found that the author has a delightful writing style. She has perfectly created a cozy mystery with all the key elements; characters that you can easily grow to love, a well thought out plot, and a few red herrings to keep you guessing until the end as to whodunit.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Blackburn

    Sunny Queensland where it isn't only the wildlife that can be fatal An enjoyable novels set in Queensland, an area of Australia which often seems to be overlooked in favour of Sydney and NSW. Addison makes a successful relocation from Sydney to Queensland only to almost immediately find herself involved in the murder of an unpopular cousin. As the widow of a Sydney detective Addison longs to poke her .nose in but tries to leave the detecting in the hands of the competent local detective until a s Sunny Queensland where it isn't only the wildlife that can be fatal An enjoyable novels set in Queensland, an area of Australia which often seems to be overlooked in favour of Sydney and NSW. Addison makes a successful relocation from Sydney to Queensland only to almost immediately find herself involved in the murder of an unpopular cousin. As the widow of a Sydney detective Addison longs to poke her .nose in but tries to leave the detecting in the hands of the competent local detective until a stroke of luck puts her in the right place at the right time to save another life and reveal the . murderer at the same time while also solving the question involving her own future . A very enjoyable novels and I look forward reading the next one in a series that is promising to be well worth following.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marty Langenberg

    An Australian cozy So good to find a cozy mystery set in Australia. Addison is a great character whose deceased husband was a homicide detective in Sydney. No, the job didn’t kill him but the devastated family, mum with daughter Olivia and sun Justin need to move out of their previous location and start a new life, as it happens in a beautiful seaside location in Queensland. Justin starts a job in Melbourne, Olivia will soon start her uni course. Addison's bought a large old house which she inten An Australian cozy So good to find a cozy mystery set in Australia. Addison is a great character whose deceased husband was a homicide detective in Sydney. No, the job didn’t kill him but the devastated family, mum with daughter Olivia and sun Justin need to move out of their previous location and start a new life, as it happens in a beautiful seaside location in Queensland. Justin starts a job in Melbourne, Olivia will soon start her uni course. Addison's bought a large old house which she intends to turn into a B and B. Of course there's a murder and a local policeman who doesn't fill Addison with confidence about his ability solve the case. Against his advice, Addison investigates. This is a nicely written story, easy to read, with plenty of interesting local characters who provide plenty of red herrings to keep you guessing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Addison, with thoughts of a new beginnings,and buying a place for a B & B. Her daughter’s first response, it looks old. To her mother it was beautiful, and would be busy restoring. While her daughter would soon be off to college. Getaway Bay, was for tourists, and even as her daughter went for a swim. She wanted to surround herself with people and life, since her husband passing. Now, just days later her cousin art Galley caught on fire. Another project, to clear her cousin, when they find a body. Addison, with thoughts of a new beginnings,and buying a place for a B & B. Her daughter’s first response, it looks old. To her mother it was beautiful, and would be busy restoring. While her daughter would soon be off to college. Getaway Bay, was for tourists, and even as her daughter went for a swim. She wanted to surround herself with people and life, since her husband passing. Now, just days later her cousin art Galley caught on fire. Another project, to clear her cousin, when they find a body. Her life maybe more busier than she wants. Her daughter doesn’t seem sure about going away to college either. Thought it was a good beginning to a series, nice flow, and a murder. Will look for more in this series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Arson at the Art Gallery is a fun cozy mystery by Grace York. Main character, Addison Lake is a fifty-five year old widow who is ready to start a new phase of her life. She buys a beach home in the tourist town, Getaway Bay. She is happy to be living near her cousin, Layla, while she does renovations. Unfortunately, shortly after she settles in, her cousin Layla's art gallery burns down and Layla's sister, Jenna's dead body is discovered inside. Layla moves in with Addison and they try to figure Arson at the Art Gallery is a fun cozy mystery by Grace York. Main character, Addison Lake is a fifty-five year old widow who is ready to start a new phase of her life. She buys a beach home in the tourist town, Getaway Bay. She is happy to be living near her cousin, Layla, while she does renovations. Unfortunately, shortly after she settles in, her cousin Layla's art gallery burns down and Layla's sister, Jenna's dead body is discovered inside. Layla moves in with Addison and they try to figure out who could have wanted Jenna dead. There are a few possible suspects and Addison keeps sleuthing until she figures out "who dun it"! This looks like the beginning of an entertaining series.

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